|The white lower jaw (green sheen) of this Fin whale as this whale continues filtering out water this morning|
A few times we were convinced the whale preferred the stern of our boat as it kept surfacing just beyond us. Lots of circling, lots of filtering, and lots of incredible looks at this animal!
whale is HUGE! You can see the tip of its head(right) all the way to
its dorsal fin (left) but keep in mind we still are missing the
tailstock and tail of this whale!|
We were even able to match it to our Fin whale catalog as a whale first sighted on Jeffreys Ledge in 2009, it was #0931.
|Fin whale #0931 surfacing for a breath of air and filtering out lots of salt water all at the same time|
|Blue shark swimming from right to left|
We knew we had gotten some wonderful looks at some of the second largest animals in the world this morning so we knew it would be hard-pressed to top that this afternoon. Only the ocean knew what was in store for us. This afternoon was spotted a spout from a whale and began to make our way into the area only to start seeing more and more spouts in all directions. We were making our way to the closest whale, a Humpback whales, when we began to try to count just how many other whales were in the vicinity. We got a chance to spend time with Ballpark the Humpback whale who was moseying on through the area while also seeing a single Fin whale out in the distance.
|Ballpark off on another dive|
|Such the unique looking animal known as a Risso's dolphin!|
|Risso's dolphin as a Wilson's Storm Petrel flys by|
|Circling around the area moving around together|
|Lighter colored Risso's dolphin in the group|
|Dark eyeball from one of our dolphins!|
Even after having left the group of Fin whales we were not done with that species as we even got a nice look at another Fin whale moving through the area as we spent time with the Risso's. Life was everywhere.
|One of the many Fin whales seen this afternoon|
|Scars along this whales body (unfortunately due to human interactions at some point during its life) does help us to tell this particular Fin whale apart from others of its kind|
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