This morning our patience most definitely paid off as what we originally had thought to be a Fin whale in the area ultimately turned out to be a pair of Humpback whales. While both whales were spending a bit of time under the surface of the ocean when they eventually returned up for air both whales were traveling together and staying up for many a breath. All these breaths gave us the opportunity to "catch up" to their present location and allowed us to get some great views of both of these whales as they meandered out in the open water. After a closer inspection at these whales tail's we identified them as two 4 year olds! We were watching Kickoff and Obelus. Both of these Humpback whales have been seen on Jeffreys Ledge in the past years but today was the first time either one of these mammals was seen on the Ledge! We love visitors to our area!
Our morning trip wasn't over just yet as just before heading for home we came across another species. It was a Fin whale.
|One massively large Fin whale just barely making a ripple as it surfaces for a breath of air|
Our afternoon adventures first brought us to a Minke whale before coming across a another species.
|Seal's marked up body and dorsal fin|
|Finally getting the chance to see the underside, or any part for that matter, of Seal's tail!|
We were just thrilled to see this whale's clean tail but Seal apparently had just one more surprise in store. This whale went from sleeping to trashing it's back half of it's body high into the air! As Jen aboard the Atlantic Queen mentioned in her post, this whale did a combination of a tail breach and lob-tail all in one! What we thought was going to turn into a high-fluking dive turned into a lob-tail smack on the water's surface. It was quite the sight and a nice ending to a wonderful day on the water.
slow high raise of Seal's tail and back half of body (above) turned
into a quick motion of it's tail about to smack it back on the surface