Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 6, 2013 Atlantic Queen

It was a wonderful morning in Rye Harbor. We left the harbor around 9:00 a.m. with a school group in search of whales. Before we made it to the Isles of Shoals we stumbled across a minke whale feeding just a few miles off shore! He was very quick and hard to keep track of, but passengers we able to get a few quick glimpses. As we pressed on we found another minke whale. This whale was a little more cooperative and gave passengers some great looks at its feeding behavior. 

We did not stay long, and decided to press on in search of some larger whales. 
After reaching Jeffreys Ledge we decided to head south. Suddenly we were surprised by a small pod of harbor porpoise. We estimated there were 6-7 harbor porpoise in the pod. Harbor porpoise are one of the smallest marine mammals. While we were watching the harbor porpoise we saw a spout in the distance and decided to investigate. 

It was a humpback whale by the name of Mogul. Mogul is a male humpback, although we can only assume he is male because Mogul has never been seen with a calf. He was born in 1986, and his mother's name is Parrot. 

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful trip! 

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