|Minke whale, with the Isles of Shoals in the background|
|Fin Whale, possibly #0813|
We got another call from the Starfish, saying they had a small humpback whale. We were excited, then quickly weren't sure what to feel. This whale was small enough to be a calf, but its mother was nowhere in sight. It was flipper-slapping and rolling around, but sort of lethargically. So we thought at first that it might be entangled, but there wasn't any sign of fishing gear anywhere. The best we could do at that point was take as many photos as we could and document the encounter and pass along the photos to fellow researchers who might be able to identify the whale. The whale did dive for several minutes and traveled quite a bit in between, so I'm hoping it'll be ok. It's behavior just looked a little odd for a young humpback.
|Humpback whale back and dorsal|
|Half of the whale's fluke out of the water|
This was one of those days when the trip didn't end once we reached the dock. I got home, conferred with the Starfish naturalist (Lacey Bluemel, who interned with us last year!), who had gotten closer looks to the whale and reported the sighting to the rescue team at Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. We forwarded photos to the Center, and haven't received much more information so far. They didn't immediately recognize the whale as one of the cases they've been dealing with recently, and asked us to let them know about any future sightings.
If we hear any more about this young whale, we'll post it here. Thanks to all who joined us today and for your patience as we searched for the wild animals of Jeffreys Ledge! Congratulations to our drawing winner Beth Elstrodt - hope you enjoy your adoption of Owl!
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