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 23, 2012

August 22 Starfish

It was a beautiful calm day out at Jeffreys Ledge yesterday. As we left shore you could feel the nice cool breeze in the air. Fall is definitely on its way. Our first sighting of the day was a minke whale amongst a whole fleet of fisherman. There must have been quite offood below the surface. This whale was spending lots of time hunting fish. In the meantime we found two harbor seal pups.

Next we pushed further out into the Gulf of Maine. Once we were about 18 miles off shore we spotted a spout in the distance. The spout belonged to a fin whale. Unfortunately this fin whale was taking dives over 13 minutes long. We decided to let this whale feast in peace, and continued further out.

After paitiently waiting for what seemed like an eternity, we spotted another spout. Another fin whale was in the area, but again not spending much time at the surface. At first it seemed like this whale was searching for food. Then as we approached the whale the next time it surfaced we realized it was just sleeping (logging). We finally had some great looks at the second largest animal on the planet! We also got to see a blue shark swim right past our boat.

Thank you to everyone who joined us out there. Happy 21st birthday to Eddie!

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