Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

Greetings! Thanks for visiting our blog. Our staff and interns will be posting their experiences here working on whale watch boats in NH and MA.

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 6 Prince of Whales

We couldn't have asked for a better day on the ocean! Weather and whales treated us well.

Our first whale was a very nice minke whale. As I mentioned, minkes can be a bit elusive at times but this one was fantastic, repeatedly surfacing for air close to our boat. We could see the minke mittens (white patches on flippers) a couple times and got a surprise look when it popped up right behind us!
Minke whale surfacing

Minke whale
As we were spending some time with the minke, we saw a humpback whale nearby. The humpback already had 2 boats looking at it and we certainly do not want to crowd a whale so we stood off until the boats gave us some space. Fortunately, the humpback whale, known as Halfmoon, seemed to appreciate our patience and actually swam towards us! This was our first sighting of a humpback whale since June 23! 

Halfmoon, the humpback whale
Halfmoon was great- he was feeding by blowing clouds of bubbles to trap his prey. As we watched Halfmoon go about his business, we spotted another minke whale in the area. It was a very nice day on Jeffreys Ledge! 

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