Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 14 Atlantic Queen

It was great to be back out on the water. It was a beautiful early fall day, and a great day for whale watching! We didn't have to travel very far before we had our first sighting. We passed a few small pods of harbor porpoise before reaching a pair of sleepy humpback whales. The pair was Patches and Victim who have been seen in the area for the past few days. The pair was logging--sleeping. Whales are conscious breathers meaning they have to think about breathing. If they slept like humans, they would forget to breathe. Therefor they can shut off half of their brains to sleep while the other half remembers to breathe. They look much like a log on the surface which is why the behavior is called logging.

Despite the sleeping whales, we had some wonderful looks at the pair. We also saw a fluke out in the distance.

In addition to the humpback whales, we had a pair of fin whales in the area. And a minke whale coming in and out of the area. It was great to see so many whales in one area. Thank you for everyone who joined us. We hope to see you again soon!

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