Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 9 Starfish

Another calm day out in the Gulf of Maine. We headed out of the harbor in search of some whales out at Jeffreys Ledge. Just about 5 miles off shore we came across a minke whale. This minke whale was spending a great deal of time below the surface of the water, and so we motored on further out into the Gulf of Maine in search of more species of whales. Soon we found a fin whale. This fin whale was also spending a long time below the surface of the water taking multiple dives. Luckily in the distance we had a report of a humpback whale. 

What a show this humpback whale, later identified as Dyad, gave the passengers on board. Dyad was feeding in the area and passengers were able to see the bubble clouds this whale uses to corral fish into a smaller school. During this feeding behavior, Dyad was continually taking short dives giving us a great chance to take photos of the underside of its fluke (or tail). We even got to see Dyad perform a few half rolls as well! Overall a great trip with three separate species sightings. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us aboard the Starfish. We hope to see you soon! 

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