Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12 Prince of Whales

Breezy day on the water but the wind blew out all of the haze. We spotted our first whale at least 4 miles in front of us and without using binoculars! The visibility was amazing! And to my happy surprise, our first whale was one of my favorites- Satula, the humpback whale! This was the first time he had been seen on Jeffreys Ledge this season by a whale watching boats (he had been photographed not too long ago by a tuna boat well offshore).

I've been watching Satula for about 16 years. I knew him back when he had a dorsal fin! We aren't sure what happened to his fin but it has been gone for about 10 years, and now he just has a dent where his fin used to be. This male humpback was first seen in 1988 as an adult so we don't know how old he is, but he does seem to like Jefreys Ledge! When we first saw his flukes, I did a little happy dance (apologies for any of you who might have witnessed that...). It is always refreshing to know that an old friend has survived the threats the ocean can bring for yet another year.
In the distance we spotted more blows! We left Satula and soon found Sedge, another male humpback whale also first seen in 1988! And surprisingly coincidental, Sedge also has injured dorsal fin! Bizarre!  Although Sedge's fin is still there, it does have a deep cut in the back of it.


Close by, we did spot a third humpback whale, and also a fin whale that we didn't have time to check out. Beautiful day on the ocean and thanks to our awesome passengers for joining us!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

no props for the raffle winner? boooooo! :-)