Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15 Atlantic Queen

Pinball's spout (and  long white flippers/pectoral fins!)
It was a beautiful day on the water, with plenty of sunshine, cool breezes, and relatively calm seas!

We started off the trip with the best minke whale sighting I've had in a long time. This minke whale was just past the Isles of Shoals, and surfaced off the bow of the boat several times, giving us great looks at the "minke mittens" on its pectoral fins! (I was sorry I didn't get any pictures of this great minke whale!)

Then we headed down to an area on southern Jeffreys Ledge, where we found one of our favorite whales, "Pinball," who's also one of our adoptable whales!  This 24-year old female humpback was cruising around, not seeming to pay much attention to the fact that there were a number of boats (and probably hundreds of people) watching her.

Pinball's tail stock and tail
Pinball's back and dorsal fin (the green in the water is her white pectoral fin/flipper)
Pinball's distinctive tail pattern
We didn't want to overstay our welcome with Pinball, so we got several great looks, including one right off the bow when she headed towards us.  Then we cruised around, and saw several more minke whales, who were in abundance today!

We'll be out again tomorrow on Father's Day, and looking forward to another trip! Thanks to all who came aboard today!

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