August 20th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

Today offshore we had beautiful sea and weather conditions along with sightings of minke, finback and humpback whales. We began the trip by watching 6 to 8 finbacks along Race Point. These whales were surfacing in all directions (close to the boat and further off in the distance).  It was beautiful watching these giant creatures so close to the beaches of Provincetown. Most of these finbacks were traveling by their selves but others were associated and traveling one behind another.

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After watching these whales we moved away from the area and began to head toward the south-west corner of Stellwagen Bank. As we traveled we were searching for visible exhalations. Before reaching the south-west corner Captain Jonny spotted a large blow on our port side. As we moved in we could see that it was a humpback whale. As we came in we could see that this whale was logging (resting). We approached very slowly and then drifted in the area so that we could observe the whale from a distance. This humpback whale stayed on the surface breathing every so often and then eventually arched and headed for a dive. Later on we were able to identify this humpback whale as a whale named Rapier.

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Next we watch a humpback whale named Mogul. Mogul arched and lifted his tail in the beginning so we were able to get a good look at the ventral fluke pattern.

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We traveled with Mogul and watched as he would make dives. After leaving Mogul we watched multiple minke whales and finback whales.  All in all, we had a great day offshore watching whales!

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