As we made our way out to Jeffreys Ledge this morning we made a few circles as we attempted to get some looks at a few Minke whales and even a couple Fin whales. In the midst of our attempts to maneuver through the area there was a different type of fin above the water. An Ocean sunfish was nearby! These unique looking fish can be fearless sometimes and after we slowed down, the fish decided to swim over towards us! The Ocean sunfish literally starting swimming laps around the boat.
|A stare-off between fish and human|
|Such the interesting looking creature of the ocean|
Most of the whales we were seeing were spending a good deal of time under the water, and as for the Fin whales, on the move. Just as we were about to cut our losses with a pair of Fin whales spending plenty of time under the water and surfacing out in the distance we suddenly saw splashing, and there was a lot of splashing. A pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins suddenly had made themselves known. We quickly realized why they seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. These whales were on the move.
|From tail to the tip of the nose, these dolphins move with such ease!|
|Atlantic white-sided dolphin|
Next stop was back in the fish world. We saw the dorsal fin of a Blue shark. Unfortunately we were a bit late in spotting the fish for as soon as we slowed and our wake rolled over the area, the shark quickly disappeared. Then just ahead of us we saw more ripples. Another shark was near by! Nope, wrong. The small disturbance we were seeing was actually from another fish. This fish appeared to be feeding on the seaweed floating at the surface of the water. So of course since the fish appeared to be going nowhere fast we stopped to snap a few pictures. Yes we know we are on a whale watching boat, but how often does a free swimming fish spend time on the surface without a baited hook in the water?
|Our fish was chowing down on the seaweed!|
A bit more travelling and we found another Fin whale. Once again even this Fin whale was spending lots of time under the water. A few times we needed to catch up to this whale and eventually got some nice looks as this whale went down on a deeper dive.
This afternoon we had no idea what to expect since this morning's trip had been completely unusual and exciting all on its own. Once again Mother Nature provided more unexpectedness. Whale sighting number one was a Fin whale our friends aboard the Atlantic Queen were spending time with. They had informed us this whale was only spending a few minutes under the water. Considering the lengthy time all our morning Fin whales had been taking under the water we couldn't pass up the chance to check out this whale. Turns out it was #9709, a whale first seen on Jeffreys Ledge in 1997! We got some great looks at this animal as it circled around.
|The white lower jaw of #9709|
We first started with a few singles circling around the area. Crystal is still out there, circling around, and spending yet another day out on Jeffreys Ledge. The other whale, a newcomer for the season, was Pumpkin Seed.
Soon all three whales while still synchronizing their surfacings and dive times were also sleeping. These whales were in the process of taking some naps. They all remained floating on the surface, breathing every now and then, and really not moving through the water at all.
|3 Humpbacks all in a row |
|Chablis' tail and Churn's dorsal fin|
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