|Pinball's unique black and white pigmentation pattern|
|Pinball and her calf|
We ended up making our way to another part of the Ledge this morning and ended up coming upon another mother/calf Humpback whale pair. This time it was a "newcomer" to the area this season. Cardhu and her calf have made they journey to our area as they were recently recorded by reserachers on other feeding grounds here in the Gulf of Maine.
|Cardhu's all black tail|
Before heading for home we kept seeing in the distance a few more whale spouts. Visibility was spectacular today so we were seeing whale spouts from miles away. Once we got closer to the area we realized there were 3 Fin whale nearby! In just a matter of minutes we spotted all 3 whales surface with their lower jaws fully extended outward; these whales were filtering out lots of salt water!
|Filtering Fin whale surfacing for a breath of air|
|The super interesting chevron (swirly gray shading) pattern of this Fin whale|
|One of our Fin whales was identified as #0922|
With such great sightings and the wind slacking off the longer we were on the water we knew the afternoon was going to be just as exciting. It didn't take long to do just that!
Thanks to our friends on the Atlantic Queen this afternoon we were informed of a Fin whale on the way to Jeffreys Ledge. We once again spotted the animal from a good distance away and as we made our way into the area we noticed another spout a bit further out in the distance. Ultimately one Fin whale in the area turned into two, both identified as adult females! These two whales, while never becoming associated with each other (swimming side-by-side), were both utilizing the area as they constantly circled in close proximity of each other.
|Super calm water + 1 large Fin whale = Awesome look at one of the second largest creatures on the face of this planet!|
|Two adult female Fin whales: #9709 (above) and #9904 (below)|
|The "white" part of an Atlantic white-sided dolphin|
|Cardhu and her calf|
|Cardhu's calf's tail above the waterline|
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