In spite of a few sprinkles as we were boarding, we ended up with a very nice pelagic bird and whale watch. We left the Merrimack River and passed by several harbor seals on the way. Near the ledge, we slowed down for a tuna fleet and found a shy minke whale, and a fin whale on a mission. We didn't spend much time with these less-than-cooperative whales and instead, continued on. We got to the area where whales had been seen just yesterday but it seems the whale decided to move on. Soon we got a call from some other whale seekers in the area and headed down to check out the fin whales they had found.
To our surprise, we found Dingle hanging out with a yet-to-be-ID'ed whale along with a pod of Atlantic white sided dolphins! We got some amazing looks at these huge whales while the dolphins were playing around near them.
|Dingle, the fin whale|
|Dingle's unique markings|
|Dingle with dolphins|
|Dingle's head with dolphins off his nose!|
|Part of Dingle's fluke as he rolled at the surface|
|Fin whale #9619|
The pelagic birds were a bit sparse today but we did get many looks at northern gannets! Also we saw 2 common loons, a great shearwater, a juvenile laughing gull and a surprising look at a whimbrel!
|Pile of harbor seals!|
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