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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 16 Prince of Whales

We dodged the showers today! Seemed like all around us the rain was coming down but where we were was beautiful!  Heading towards southern Jeffreys Ledge, we found a nice minke whale. We spent a little time with it before continuing on. After doing a bit of searching, we passed by another minke in the distance and came upon two fantastic minke whales! As I mentioned, we rarely see two minkes close together and these two were surfacing frequently, and close to the boat. We actually shut down our engines and just watched the whales pop up all around us! It was excellent!
Minke with smaller fin

Minke whale with notched fin
You know the whales are good when the crew gets their cameras out!
 As it was time to leave, we picked up speed and headed for home but soon we spotted yet some more fun marine life- a Mola mola (more commonly known as the Ocean Sunfish). This was only our second sunfish sighting of the summer. Some years they are quite common, but others, like this year, they are more rare. We got some great views of this huge fish (at least 5 feet in diameter) as it lounged at the surface, soaking in the sun.

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)- "a fish so nice they named it twice!"
As we approached the harbor, the dark clouds were getting closer but we never got a sprinkle of rain on us. A rainbow did appear behind us, giving one last reminder of the magic of Mother Nature.

Thanks to everyone for venturing out with us today! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did :)

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