August 1st, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

Today we had a great whale watch - watching humpback whales. We started the whale watch off with a humpback named Dyad. We were able to watch Dyad traveling and lifting her fluke.

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Dyad is a whale that we have been able to watch for the past couple of days. Dyad is a female whale who was brought a few documented calves back to this area over the years. This year Dyad is not a mother – and has been traveling and feeding by herself for most of the season on the southern part of Stellwagen Bank. After watching Dyad we moved on to search for more animals.

After traveling for a bit we located more blows out in the distance. As we got closer we could see that there were three animals. These three whales turned out to be Pele, Jabiru and Eruption – humpbacks that we have been watching in this area for the past week. These animals have formed an association and are traveling and feeding together, probably because it is benefitting them to do this.

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There were lots of other recreational boats in the area of the whales, and at one point the whales practically surfaced within 5 feet of one of the smaller fishing boats. This frightened the people along with the whales because the whales took off! The whales were charging and trumpeting – so we thought it would be best to move on to look at other animals. After leaving this trio we located a single humpback whale – after the animal fluked out (lifted its fluke) we could confirm that this was a humpback whale named Freckles.  All in all we had a great day offshore watching endangered humpback whales.

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