Happy fourth of July to everyone who joined us out on the water for a whale watch. It was extremely hot on land, and we were all excited to make our way out to Jeffreys Ledge for a much needed escpape from the heat. Once we left the harbor you could feel the offshore winds start to cool everyone down. Apart from being a wonderful temperature out on the water, the conditions had cleared up from the previous trips this week. As we headed out to the ledge we came across two minke whales. Minke whales are a type of baleen whale reaching lengths of 20 to 30 feet long and weighing around 5 to 10 tons. This pair of minke whales was giving the passengers some wonderfully close looks as they were lunge feeding around our boat.
After spending some time with these individuals, we decided to make our way east a little more in search of some other animals. Yet again we came across a minke whale. Some of the looks at this particular whale were so close that you could see the minke mittens, white patches on their pectoral flippers.
Fin whales are the second largest animal on the planet reaching lengths of 60 to 70 feet long! They really are spectacular to watch as they glide through the water. This particular animal was relatively cooperative, staying near our boat, but also kept abruptly changing direction. Passengers on board were also given the surprise sighting of whale poop. From the color of the poop we could tell that this fin whale had been eating fish such as herring and mackerel.
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