Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 30 Atlantic Queen

It was a gorgeous day out on the water yesterday. You could almost sense the crisp feeling that fall is just around the corner. We headed out toward Jeffreys Ledge, but came across a minke whale within 10 miles from shore.

This minke whale was definitely feeding, as it was spending a great deal of time below the surface. We did however get some great looks at this species.

Minke whales are baleen whales which means they do not have teeth in their mouth, but instead have a series of baleen plates which hang from their upper jaw. They use these plates as a filtering system to feed. Luckily because whales are mammals, they need to come up to the surface to breathe. One of the surfacings was just off of our starboard side and surprised not only the staff on board, but also many of our passengers.

We also had some interesting bird sightings. This little flock flew around our boat a few times.

Does anyone know which species these birds are? 

Unfortunately sea life was not the only thing we saw out on the water. There was a lot of loose sea weed floating around full of marine debris. Items included, mylar balloons, plastic bottles, cups, buckets, paper, plastic, and rope! Marine debris is a major threat to our sea animals who can easily ingest this material. 

On the way back in we have a wonderful view of the Isles of Shoals. 

Thank you for everyone who joined us out on the water!

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