The marine life of Jeffreys Ledge was a bit sparse today but nonetheless we found several animals to check out. Our first stop was to watch some hungry bluefin tuna splash around at the surface. Likely they were chasing some smaller bait fish, and a few gulls lingered in the same area, waiting for any wayward fish to eat.
Also, a few sharp-eyed folks spotted a lone harbor porpoise that seemed to be spending a fair amount of time at the surface. Although we didn't stop for this shy critter, many folks watched it as we passed by.
Out on the southern part of the ledge, we found our friend, Pinball, a humpback whale. Although a few boats from Boston and Gloucester also came up to see her, she was content to hang out in the area to catch some fish as was evidenced by a deep bubble cloud that appeared. Humpback whales use bubble clouds to corral their prey, making them easier to catch.
|Pinball, coming towards us|
|Pinball's distinctive flukes|
Be sure to join us tomorrow as we depart at 10:00 for a combination whale/sea bird watch!
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