Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Monday, June 17, 2013

June 17, Captain's Lady III

After getting some quick looks at a nice minke whale this morning, we did a lot of searching around the Ledge for more marine life. Even the pelagic birds were elusive.  We eventually made our way back to the area where we saw Pinball, a humpback whale, yesterday.

To our surprise, the whale we first spotted was not Pinball, but instead was one of my all-time favorite whales, Satula! Satula's name refers to the vaguely saddle-shaped marking on his left fluke, although since he lost his dorsal fin about 10 years ago, his back now resembles a saddle.
Satula's flukes
Satula's back, where his dorsal fin should be.
 Satula was sporadic, and not at all consistent in his dive times keeping us on our toes. At one point, he surfaced right behind the boat!!! Awesome!

We saw another spout in the near distance so we headed over there to see who it was. Pinball!! She was still in the same general area as yesterday!!

 We were running out of time so we had to head back in, but not before getting a few nice views of her. Both Pinball and Satula are Blue Ocean Society Adoptable Whales! What luck! Thanks so much to the Hutchins family for adopting Pinball today!!

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