Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Prince of Whales August 14

We were surprised with double duty today- normally we only have one trip on Tuesday's and today we had 2. It was a perfect summer day to do so.  On the morning trip we stayed south and found an area with hungry minke whales and of course a lot of bait.
Minke whale
On our afternoon trip, our captain choose to mix it up a bit and head north. We started with a small group of harbor porpoise. Normally they are hard to get looks at but they did end up showing us there stocky small bodies.  Adults only grow to lengths of 4.5-6 feet.  They were awfully cute to look at.
Fin whale #0622
We needed patience today waiting for our fin whale to come up to breathe. This individual was staying down for 8 to 9 minute dives.  Good things come to those who wait! We finally did get some looks at an enormous fin whale!  #0622 has been seen on the ledge in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.
As we watched our fin whale, a minke popped up. Then there was 2. And then 3 minkes who came up right next to us!  Some days you need to work hard to locate whales while other days you don't.  Each trip was so different today, which makes researching whales so interesting.

Congratulations to Nick from Milford Ma, who won our raffle today, "Comet" the fin whale. Nick told us he never wins anything but he won big today- the second largest whale in the world!

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