We found a few minke whales on our way out to the Ledge. One was thinking about giving us the slip until it reconsidered and surfaced nearby for several breaths.
A bit further offshore, Captain Chris spotted a blow. This turned out to be our friend Satula, the humpback whale! Satula has been in the area for a couple of weeks now and today was pretty mellow. He would surface for a couple of breaths, lift his tail just barely, and then surface for another couple of breaths before going under on a deeper dive. At one point he surprised us by tail breaching (throwing his back half out of the water)! And soon after, he kicked his tail back when diving down! Fun stuff, Satula!
|Satula diving close to fishing gear|
On our way back to Newburyport, we swung wide to cover an area where a fin whale had been reported, but unfortunately, we were unable to relocate it. Maybe tomorrow...
Thanks to our wonderful, supportive passengers today for your curiosity and interest!
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