August 7th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

Thursday’s whale watch was great – we had a two species day! We made our way around Race Point Lighthouse and then Captain Ted spotted a fin back in front of us.  We came to a halt and hung out to wait for this whale to return back to the surface. After only a few minutes the fin whale surfaced to our left. We moved into the area to get a closer look. It’s amazing to be fortunate enough to watch these endangered mammals offshore of New England.

Full-grown fin whales are 65 to 80 feet in length and weigh up to 70 tons. They have a very narrow/sleek body (torpedo shape) and easily move through the water – reaching a max speed of 25 knots in short bursts.

Unfortunately finback whale are still being hunted today.  After taking a few looks at the finback whale, it arched its back and headed down for a dive so we pushed out of the area to head to the Bank in search of more whales.

We moved North tp the south end of Stellwagen Bank.  Once we reached the area we spotted a blow or visible exhalation. This turned out to be a humpback whale named Rapier.  Once the trip was over we took a look at the ‘track plotter’ and Captain Ted deciphered from today’s track that Rapier was feeding right along the edge of the Southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank.

During the rest of the trip we followed Rapier and she stayed right along that contour line of the bank. Along this rise is where the upwelling of the currents takes place – as the currents move in along the ocean bottom and then hit the 100 foot up-rise, the currents are pushed to the ocean surface. This creates a very productive feeding spot for all kinds of creatures.

While we watched we saw her kick feeding. We watched 3 to 4 kicks from Rapier’s big powerful fluke and then she would rise to the surface within her bubbles or just outside of her bubbles – this meant that Rapier was doing the rest of the feeding deeper in the water column.

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All in all, we had a great day offshore watching a finback whale and a humpback named Rapier.

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