August 11th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

Yesterday we headed offshore and made our way out to Race Point (the very northern part of the Cape) once we reached this area our captain spotted a blow. This turned out to be two finback whales! These are the largest mammals we see here in the coastal waters off Massachusetts. Finback whales are 65 to 80 feet in length and weigh 70 tons. One of the finback whales we were even able to identify. This was a whale named Braid - Braid gets her name because of the propeller scars on the right side of her body.

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We moved on from these finback whales because we wanted to get further offshore and maybe find some humpback whales!! And boy did we – our next sighting was of a mother and calf pair ~ Perseid and her 2014 calf.

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It was great to watch this pair; we watched as mom continued to feed and the calf swam around mom. We watched the calf roll and even lobtail quickly.

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This mom and calf traveled and dove together – we even saw a few synchronized dives.  Then we moved on from Perseid and her calf to search for more whales. We only moved a little further to the North and started to see more blows (visible exhalations) in the distance. It looked like we had at least 5 whales up ahead. As we came closer to the area we watched humpback whales all around the boat. Some of these whales were associated and others were feeding by their selves. We had another mom/calf pair in this group - this was Wizard and her new-born calf. We also had Warrior, Grackle, Thread and spent a good deal of time with a very active feeding humpback named Thicket. A few times Thicket fed within 5 feet of our vessel.

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We sat and drifted while watching Thicket. Since we were running low on time offshore our captain decided we would move on from this humpback Thicket and take a few looks at others before we had to head home to Provincetown. The humpbacks that we located were the larger group that we got a quick look at earlier in the trip – it was Wizard and calf, Thread, Warrior and Grackle. We watched these whales feeding, traveling and fluking out before dives. After a few minutes we moved away from these humpbacks and headed back. We had a great whale watch filled with lots of humpbacks today!!

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