August 4th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

Today we headed out to Race Point Beach and traveled to the East, instead of going to Stellwagen Bank to our North. This was a nice change because we have been heading to the south-west corner of Stellwagen Bank for most of our whale watch trips this season.

Today was a beautiful day on the water – we had a slight breeze, plenty of sunshine and lots of marine life!

As we were traveling along the beach heading to our destination Captain Jonny swerved around an ocean sunfish. Ocean sunfish are the largest bony fish in the world. This fish we took a quick look at was not too big – probably around 300 to 400 pounds. We continued around the beach and then sighted bows out in front of us. As we made our way into the area we slowed and drifted to get our bearings. We landed in a spot with LOTS of minke whales. These whales were surfacing in every direction – minke whales don’t normally approach boats but these individuals were very interested in us.

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After taking a few looks we pushed on to watch some humpback whales. We stayed with a group of 2 humpbacks who turned out to be Fracture and Pogo. These humpbacks were bubble net feeding! What’s really neat it each year this is an association that we see offshore – Pogo and Fracture traveling and feeding together.

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After watching this pair for some time they moved into an area where there were two more humpbacks.  At the time we were watching these animals we did not know the individuals names; now we know one of the whales names was Grouper the other humpback is still unidentified…  We watched these 4 humpback whales traveling and feeding on this gorgeous day offshore.

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Next we moved off to locate more animals.  Shortly after we can across 4 to 5 humpbacks in the same general area.  In this small group there was a small humpback which we labeled as a calf due to its size.  This calf was not traveling along side its mother nor was it really hanging with the group of adults.  The calf was acting strange; it didn’t have a set travel path, it would just surface quickly in all directions taking one breath of air and then dive back down without fluking (without lifting its tail).

For the rest of our trip we watched these individuals and were able to see a few of the humpbacks ventral fluke patterns as they fluked out but we are still not sure who the calf or its mother is?

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