Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 30 Atlantic Queen

Beautiful day out at Jeffreys Ledge. It was a little bit windy off shore and we got to cool off a bit with the occasional wave crashing over the starboard side of the boat. After traveling 25 off shore we began to slow down to explore the area. Because of the wind and white caps on the water it made spotting a little difficult. Luckily in the distance we saw a distinct spout from a fin whale and began to make our way over for a good look.

This fin whale was taking 8 minute dives or longer. Typical dive times for fin whales are anywhere between 4 and 7 minutes although they are capable of holding their breath for much longer. Once this whale surfaced it looked to be sleeping. Whales are conscious breathers and need to keep one half of their brain awake in order to remind them to breath. They are capable of switching between both sides of their brains to rest at the surface. After a few good looks at this fin whale we made our way over to another in the area. The other fin whale was doing a bit of traveling, and so we started to make our way back towards Rye Harbor. On the way in we even had a few sightings of a minke whale. Great day! Congratulations to Amber Pearson for winning the whale adoption raffle! Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday, we hope to see you soon!

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