Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 25 Atlantic Queen

After 2 days stuck on shore, it was great to be out on the water again - with sunny skies and calm seas!  The whale sightings were terrific!  We didn't have to wait long to have our first sightings - with several minke whales just past the Isles of Shoals!

Fin whale just beyond the Isles of Shoals
Just beyond the minkes, we had our first fin whale. After already getting some terrific looks, it completely surprised us by gracefully surfacing right alongside the starboard side of the boat!  This type of sighting is just about my favorite thing that can happen on a whale watch. I was thrilled and I hope the passengers were, too!

Fin whale next to the bow

Fin whale, showing head and white lower jaw

We then cruised quite a bit - saw a blow, but didn't see that whale again, and then finally saw two blows together - this turned out to be Cardhu, a whale first seen over 30 years ago, and her calf - her 12th!  We got terrific looks at Cardhu (which is Gaelic for "black rock) and calf, who also delighted us by cruising right off the bow while we drifted.

Calf and mom fluking
Cardhu and calf off the bow

What a great day - congrats to our raffle winner, Kenzie - hope you enjoy your adoption of Pinball!  Thanks to everyone who joined us!

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