Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

September 29 Atlantic Queen

We had a clear blue day for today's trip. As has been the case this whole month, the whales did not disappoint.  As we headed offshore towards a spot where we had a report of whales seen earlier, we passed a harbor seal, some harbor porpoise, and a couple minke whales.  We were intent on getting to our destination, so we kept moving, and eventually found Valley and her calf, who are still in the area!

Valley and her calf spent most of their time at the surface. Even when they dove, they were only underwater for about 4 minutes at a time.  The calf seemed especially content to stay at the surface. Just about the whole time we watched it, it rolled lazily on the water surface, often giving us a great look at its flipper that it would wave in the air before flopping it back down to its side.


Valley's Calf
 Several times, the calves was belly-up and we could see both flippers!  At one point, it was belly up and raised its head above the water, which looked like an unusual position!

Since they weren't too far offshore, we got to spend lots of time with Vally and her calf, but eventually it was time to head home. As we turned west, we saw another humpback dive just off the port side of the boat!  We waited nearly 10 minutes, but the whale never reappeared.

After a nice cruise through the Isles of Shoals, we were back in Rye Harbor after another fantastic weekend of Fall whale watching! Thanks to all who came aboard today!

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