August 15th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

On Friday we had an excellent whale watch but also excellent weather - which always adds to the fun!  We headed out of P-Town Harbor and headed up toward Race Point.  Before reaching the Race we had multiple finback blows out in front of us.  They were everywhere - a good 7 to 8 animals!  We pushed on and made our way into the concentration of finback whales.  As we sat and drifted through the area we were able to watch these graceful giants glide effortlessly through the water.  A few times the finbacks came pretty close to us and at times these large whales were traveling in groups of 2.  This was such an amazing sight to see.

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After making our way through the maze of finbacks we went further to the north-east and located a single blow off to our starboard side.  As we got closer the behavior of the animal resembled a humpback. All we could see was the dorsal fin.  As we came closer, the whale arched its back and lifted its tail – then we really knew it was humpback! This whale had a very scared fluke; both the dorsal and ventral fluke were scared.  We were still a good distance so we made are way in and then sat and waited for the humpback to resurface. After a few minutes the humpback surfaced right next to us and took us by surprise. The humpback took a few breaths and then arched its back and went down for a dive. While the whale dove we got a beautiful look at the underside of the fluke. This was a whale named Peninsula. Peninsula was seen as a calf traveling by its mothers side in 1985 so we know that Peninsula is 29 years old. Since Peninsula has not been see YET with a calf – we would like to assume that Peninsula is a male.

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BUT this wasn’t the same whale we saw when we first came into the area, we knew this because that whale had a lot of entanglement scars. We waited again for the whale to surface. The next time we had the original whale surface and got a better look at the ventral fluke pattern. This looked like a whale I knew but couldn’t quite jog my memory. We kept watching, as these 2 humpbacks would surface alone and then together side by side.

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After a while really studying this dorsal fin I remembered it was a whale named MARS!! Mars is a whale that was first sighted in 1979 and so far has brought 11 caves back to the area. However, this year Mars does not have a calf, but there is a good chance she could be pregnant and may have a calf by her side next season – I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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After spending some more time with these two humpbacks we had to push out of the area and head back toward Provincetown.  On our way home one of our very young passengers spotted a blue shark and we also passed by a few minkes, finbacks and seals.

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