This morning our first stop was on a few Minke whales. We ended up counting four different Minke whales in one area. They were everywhere!
|One of the 4 Minke whales we started the day with!|
One look at one these two whales, even with just seeing their dorsal fins, we knew exactly who we were near. Not only was Crystal still around and in a different section of Jeffreys Ledge than recently sighted, this whale was now associated with Clipper!
|Clipper's back and dorsal fin as Crystal goes on a deeper dive|
|Welcome back to Jeffreys Ledge Clipper!|
|Great seeing Crystal still in our area!|
|Fin whale diving further below the ocean's surface as we headed towards home|
This afternoon, with the weather continuing to be spectacular, we decided to really press our luck. Reports of whales had been mentioned further south heading north. If that held true we knew we could make our way to some other animals and check out exactly which whales were on the move. Unfortunately as we ventured off in hopes of intersecting the reported animals, we learned those whales had all turned around. Now the whales were swimming south; further away from us... We were already pretty much committed to heading in this particular direction so we pressed on. Our extremely patient passengers sprang to excitement when we finally began to spot whales. The more time we spent in the area the more spouts we were seeing. After passing by lots of Harbor porpoise, Harbor seals, and even a few Minkes (we wanted to give ourselves as much time as possible where the whales had been reported to spend time with them), the wait had been worth it. 10 Humpback whales were seen including many of which we've seen this season and even a few newcomers: Valley, Nile, Tripod, Chromosome, Draco, Palindrome, Geometry, and Doric were our identified animals. Most whales were in pairs while the rest of them circled the area as we were all constantly looking left and right as whales surfaced in every which direction. Below are just a few of the many whales seen during the trip!
|Valley and Nile moving through the water together|
|Leatherback turtle at the surface for some air before disappearing into the ocean!|
The day finished with just one more type of marine life. An Ocean sunfish was "lazily" swimming at the surface as we all got a great look at this interesting looking fish!
|Dorsal fin (above) and body (below) of our Ocean sunfish sighting|
|Sprinkles sure have a way of making us smile after they pass us by!|