Our first whale of the morning was a Fin whale moving through the area. Initially this whale was seen in an area where there were at least 3 Minke whales circling about but we quickly learned this whale had other plans. Within minutes this whale was out ahead of us and we ended up playing a game of "catch." This whale was on the move and we were attempting our best to stay within the movements of this Fin whale. We were able to get a few looks before the whale would be under the water once more, moving in a direction only the whale knew before surfacing out in the distance once again. Sometime these whales have their own plans that involve NOT being watched by our passengers (which can and does happen when you are dealing with wild animals!) so off we were to check out other areas of Jeffreys Ledge.
Soon we came across another Fin whale. This whale was behaving quite differently than our first. This enormous mammal was pretty much just circling the area as with each breath the whale took it would effortlessly swim in an arc. We were able to get some incredible looks since this whale was being so slow in its movements allowing us to easily stay parallel to it.
|Fin whale spout|
|Fin whale #0837's head|
|#0837's body and dorsal fin|
We had about 30-40 Atlantic white-sided dolphins! It has been well over a month and a half since we've last gotten the chance to see these whales and were super excited to have that streak end!
|Atlantic white-sided dolphin|
Conditions were spectacular as the flat calm ocean allowed everyone to follow our group of whales as they swam at the surface and even sometimes below the surface! What a great way to end our morning.
|Fin whale just off the port side before it decided to venture further away|
|More Atlantic white-sided dolphins!|
Further offshore, thanks to our friends on the Atlantic Queen, we came into an area where we had a handful of Fin whales around. At least 5 of these whales were scattered about. They all appeared to come up for a few breaths and spend considerably more time under water but we ended up getting some great looks at a pair of these animals as they grouped up and swam just off our starboard side. Another great way to end the trip as the whole time we were in the area we were not watching any animals surface in association with another. Who knows how long those two animals remained side-by-side but it was great to see them in their grandeur so close to each other and the boat!
|Fin whale #1 of the 2 that decided to join together for a few breaths|
|Fin whale #2 of our pair|