|4 humpbacks together! Nile, Barb, Valley and Kahoutek (flipper-slapping)|
We got out to the Ledge and saw a couple whales near a boat from Gloucester. They mentioned they had seen a couple blows out further, so we headed a bit north and saw two blows - but as we got closer, the blows materialized into 4 whales, all together! These were 4 older whales - Nile, Valley, Kohoutek, and Barb. Then, one of the whales (who turned out to be Kohoutek) started flipper-slapping, giving us great looks at its 1-ton pectoral fin!
|Valley doing a tail lob next to Kahoutek, who was flipper-slapping|
|1/2 of Kahoutek's fluke|
There were others in the distance, and a fin whale, that we got a couple quick looks at. After some terrific looks at humpback whales (and humpback flippers!) we headed for Rye, only to be waylaid by 2 more humpbacks - Clamp (who was born in 1990) and her calf! It was a great way to end the trip!
|Clamp (right) and calf (left)|
|Clamp's distinctive fluke|
Thanks to all who joined us and braved the weather forecast, only to find ourselves cruising on calm seas and under sunny skies at the end!
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