Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 29 Starfish

Beautiful almost fall like day out at Jeffreys Ledge yesterday. Seas were calm and the cool breeze was a nice reminder that the summer is coming to a close and fall is on its way. We started our trip a little early with a sighting of a minke whale just off of our starboard side. Great sighting from a group of passengers who were diligently gazing at the horizon in search of whales.

We then saw a few spouts out in the distance and made our way into the area. There was another whale watch boat there as well with some whales so we decided to press on. We never like to crowd these beautiful animals or overstay our welcome. Luckily in the near vicinity we saw three separate blows! It was Valley, Bat, and Perseid all logging (sleeping) at the surface. We got some beautiful looks at these whales.

Valley's Fluke Pattern
Perseid's Fluke Pattern
Bat's Fluke Pattern

Then we saw a few spouts on the other side of our boat. Turns out we also had Pinball and her 2012 calf next to us. This is Pinball's 6th calf since we have been watching her out at Jeffreys Ledge. This mom calf pair is one of my personal favorites, and it was so nice to see them doing well. The calf was a bit sleeping and spent most of its time logging at the surface. This gave us a great opportunity to watch the calf in amazement.

Pinball's Fluke Pattern

We then ended the day passing a final humpback whale (and watching 3 other blows in the area). Below is the fluke of Jabiru, our last humpback of the day.

Great day out at the ledge. Hope to see you all again soon!

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