We began by finding a minke whale with a big fin whale nearby, and dolphins in the near distance!! The fin whale had an obvious new injury on its back so we spent a little time trying to get better photos to figure out who this whale was. In the meantime, we were getting closer and closer to a pod of Atlantic white sided dolphins! Dolphins are always a great way to pass the time while waiting for a 10-minute diving fin whale! At one point, the dolphins joined the fin whale but soon the 2 species went on their separate ways.
The injured fin whale, I believe, is #9905, Bolshoi, a male who was first seen in 1980. If so, this whale has been through a lot in his lifetime as he has evidence of a prior boat-collision as well as entanglement scars! Poor guy! We hope to see him again soon to better document his injury and his healing process.
|Fin whale with new injury|
|Fin whale spouting near the boat!|
|Dolphin playing in the wake|
|Dolphins all around the boat!|
|Fin whale #0282|
Great afternoon in spite of the forecast! Congrats to the winner of our raffle- Beth from VT! Enjoy your adopted dolphin!
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