|Minke whale- check out the "mittens"!|
The afternoon trip was a little different. On our way out, our friends on the Atlantic Queen called us over to visit with a fin whale!! Fin whales are my favorite so I was pretty excited. What made the sighting even better was this was Comet, a female fin whale first seen by Blue Ocean Society researchers in 1997!! Welcome back, Comet! We saw her a few times last summer, but this was our first sighting of her this year. She was even doing her signature-behavior: lifting the caudal end of her body up high so we could almost see her tail! Comet is extra-special since she is one of our four adoptable fin whales.
|Comet the fin whale|
|Comet's unique scars|
After seeing Comet, we headed off in search of more life. We found some minke whales and got great looks at one of them as it cruised along side our boat.
|Minke dorsal fin with unique notches|
Oh, and forgot to add in an awesome photo of our amazing deckhand, Amy (also a former BOS intern) rescuing a deflated My Little Pony balloon from the ocean, where it could end up in a whale's stomach. Nice work Amy and Captain Chris!!
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