Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

August 10 Atlantic Queen

It was a beautiful day out on the water today as we started our search for whales out at Jeffreys Ledge. We started our search early with a quick sighting on a harbor seal. It was a quick sighting as these little guys don't stay at the surface for very long. After making our way a few miles past the Isles of Shoals we came across our first whale sighting. It was a minke whale who was charging the surface at great speeds. I don't think I have come across such a fast minke whale. Unfortunately this whale has a large scar in front of its dorsal fin. From the looks of the scar it is most likely from a ship strike. Ship strikes are a threat that these animals face regularly. If you are a recreational boat, please keep an eye out for these animals and slow down if one is in the area.

We even had some surprise encounters! It's always exciting to be surprised by a whale! There was another minke whale in the near distance that one of the other whale watching vessels was looking at. We never like to overcrowd the animals and decided to leave this one with the other boat.

We then decided to move a little further off shore to look for some other animals. Once we made it 21 miles out to sea we decided it was time to come back to Rye, Harbor. Not before we came across a third minke whale!

On our way back in we came across a fourth minke whale! It really seems to be the season for minke whales. I haven't seen quite this many in one area before. Overall it was a wonderful trip. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

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