|Blue shark blending in with its surrounding environment|
We made our way over to what ended up being two more Humpback whales. While these animals were much more lively, as in not sleeping, and instead circling around the area we spent some time with this pair as we noticed a tag visible off of one of these whales. It was a satellite tag that the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is currently doing a project with. Check out Humpback whale 2012 Tagging Project for more information. Thanks to PCCS we found out our tagged whale, even though it never fluked, is a whale named Tectonic. Our other whale swimming along with Tectonic was Bat.
|Bat raising its tail high into the air|
|Cajun's tail and Crystal's flipper out for all to see|
|Two very large whales showcasing their flippers!|
|Water being tossed everywhere as Cajun smacks its flipper back onto the surface!|
|More flippering for Crystal as Cajun surfaces for a breath of air|
As if that activity wasn't enough we also got the chance to see an Atlantic Puffin, a group of 50 Atlantic white-sided dolphins on our way home and even a few people saw a Loggerhead turtle only 5 miles from home!
|Atlantic white-sided dolphin|
This afternoon's first stop was on a group of 75 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. These whales were definitely chasing after some food for at one point many of them started circling almost on top of each other charging down into the water each time they took a quick breath.
Our friends aboard the Prince of Whales had found a few of our morning whales and with some time to venture in that direction we made our way towards the reported activity. Once we got into the area we surveyed around to figure out just where all the whales were before we started to make our way towards any of them. Turns out there were 5 Humpback whales in the area. Two pairs were present and a single out in the distance. We ended up spending time with Tectonic (still not fluking) and a very scarred-tailed whale. This scarring is not natural and is a result of a prior entanglement in fishing gear. Luckily this whale survived such the ordeal but clearly is a reminder of a unfortunate event and potentially tragic event in this whale's life. This whale is Banyan and another newcomer to Jeffreys Ledge this season.
|Banyan's dorsal fin (above) and tail scarring below|
|Crystal and Cajun "hover" just at the surface|
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