July 17th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

Todays 12:00 pm whale watch was just FANTASTIC – we watched 15 to 20 humpback whale, 1 minke whale and 1 finback whale. Today was a three species day!

We started the trip by making our way to the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank. Once there our captain located blows or spouts in the distance. As we traveled into the area we could see more than one group of blows – each group containing 4 to 5 animals. This was extremely exciting!

We ended up holding our position while the whales swam around us. We could pretty much look in any direction and see humpback whales. We started off by quickly watching Nile and her 2014 calf, Bauyo and also Pele. Next as we were drifting and waiting for the whales we spotted Eruption and her 2014 calf, Storm, Peninsula, and Canopy and her 2014 calf.

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We watched as these beautiful animals traveled all around us.

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While watching these humpback whales we spotted a minke whale. This animal looked strange and that is because the animal actually didn’t have a dorsal fin. From the looks of it, it seemed like the dorsal fin had been cut off, maybe by a boat propeller.  We watched this minke whale surface a few times and then we continued to watch the humpbacks as they surfaced around us.  Next we made our way over to a whale that we could see further out in the distance. This whale was making lots of splashing – so we wanted to go grab a look. It just so happens that we found the whale kick feeding! The humpback was lifting its fluke out of the water then slammed it down on the water’s surface, next dove down to blow bubbles around the stunned and confused fish to then lung to the surface mouth open capturing as much food and water at one time as possible. This was just an unreal sight!

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A few times we watched this whale named Milkweed do this. What concerned us about Milkweed is her calf was nowhere to be seen. Milkweed is a mom this year, her calf was born this past winter BUT today we couldn’t kind Milkweed’s new-born calf.  After more time passed watching Milkweed and other humpback whales such as Thicket, Powerline and Measles the calf still did not show up.  After grabbing some more looks at these feeding humpback whales we did have to move out of the area and head back home toward Provincetown.  On our way through the area we were still able to watch others surface and feed in all directions.  We prayed that tomorrow when retrning osshore we would find Milkweed and her calf reunited!!

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