|Tornado and her calf|
Most of the time the calf was napping and even noted Tornado doing the same at one point at the surface. All three whales remained in close proximity of each other which once again made getting looks at these wild animals very conducive.
|Close look at Tornado and her calf as they surfaced just off the port side!|
Even though these whales were rarely raising their tails above the waterline we got some incredible looks as these three whales slowly swam around today.
|Barbell, Tornado, and Tornado's calf all at the surface|
We soon were on our way and interested in seeing what else may be around for we had a few more miles of visibility today thanks to low clouds slightly breaking apart, minimizing the fog, as we hoped for the sun to shine through. Even with the slightly better conditions it was still tricky to sight a spout but our passengers were up for the challenge. Minke whales and more Humpback whales were next on our list. A couple of Minke whales were randomly surfacing but our eyes were focused on the three spouts we saw just ahead of us. More Humpback whales and more naps appeared to be in order. This trio of whales ended up consisting of Nine, Patchwork, and Slingshot.
|Nine, Patchwork, and Slingshot on the move together|
Even with all of this activity we still had a bit more time to check out a couple of other whales nearby that our friends aboard the Prince of Whales were spending time with. Two more Humpback whales were swimming together, Owl and Patches, and these whales had more "friends" around! A group of Atlantic white-sided dolphins were in close proximity of these other two Humpback whales the whole time we were in the area! The dolphins were continuously changing direction but not very quickly so by staying near the dolphins we knew the Humpback whales would surface close by, and they certainly did.
|Atlantic white-sided dolphins while at the surface much more frequently than the Humpback whales were constantly remaining close by the Humpback whales' movements|
We made sure to give the dolphins a bit more extra space (since they constantly kept circling around) and just waited for the larger whales to surface as we watched the dolphins remain close to Owl and Patches.
|Patches napping on the surface close by|
It was a great way to end the trip (even though a few times we had to hold our breath for so many recreational fishing boats were zipping by; please, please, PLEASE be vigilant when out on the ocean and look for whales ESPECIALLY when there is a whale watching boat stopped close to you!!!!!) and see all the interesting associations of whales, both large and small, today!
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