Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Monday, September 2, 2013

September 1 Atlantic Queen

Today's trip was met with lots of luck out on the water. Forecasts predicted rain and thunder showers for most of the day, but luckily the rain held off until much later in the day. It was beautiful weather for a whale watch. We decided to head around 27 miles off shore because we had heard a report of some larger whales out at the southern end of Jeffreys Ledge. It was a long trip to get there, and as we approached we could see a think fog rolling in. At first we felt defeated, having traveled so far to see...fog. But luckily the fog dissipated just in time to see two humpbacks!

The crew on board was ecstatic! It had been quite a few weeks since we had seen any humpbacks out at Jeffreys Ledge, and we hope that this sighting ends our dry spell. The two humpbacks go by the names Pepper and Pina, both females. Here you can see the patterns on the underside of their flukes.
Pepper was very active during our visit, rolling over and flipper slapping. It's always great to see such active whales.

The two whales also seemed to be sleeping every few minutes. It's a behavior called logging, in which a whale will shut of half of their brain to sleep. They do this because whales are conscious breathers and need one half of their brain to stay awake in order to remember to breathe. Whales really are amazing animals!

Thank you to everyone who joined us today. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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