July 28th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

Today’s whale watch trip was great! Our first sighting happened to be a mom and calf pair – this was Nile and her 2014 calf.

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Nile’s calf is no more than 6 months old and we were lucky enough to find them offshore today. We even witnessed a lazy tail breach from the calf.

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We watched as mom and calf traveled and fluked out before diving down; it was such a beautiful sight. While watching Nile and the calf we spotted a blow off our starboard side. This was a minke whale – and what was strange was that this small whale produced a visible blow. Minke whales are the smallest baleen whales that we find offshore, they are tiny compared to the other large baleen whales we watch and most of the time don’t produce a visible breathe when returning to the surface to breathe.

After watching Nile and her calf we moved on to look at more animals – earlier we were spotting more whales out in the distance and wanted to go take a look. After traveling only a minute we spotted a single blow ahead and then three more blows just a little further on. The closest animal turned out to be a whale named Freckles. Freckles was only on the surface for a minute and then lifted her fluke and headed down for a dive, so we moved on.

We came up to the area of the three other blows and sat and waited for them to return to the surface. After about 6 minutes this group of humpback whales resurfaced. They remained on the surface for two minutes and then arched their backs, lifted their tails and headed back down for a dive. In this process we got great looks at the underside/ventral side of the fluke. These three animals were Pele, Jabiru and Eruption.

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Pele is a whale who was named for the soccer player kicking the ball on the left fluke. What’s really neat is there was a man on board with us who is friends with Pele, so he informed us that we would let Pele “the great soccer player” know that he has a humpback whale named after him. Pele was first sighted in 1997 – and was not sighted as a calf traveling along side her mother so we will never know the true age of Pele. Jabiru is a humpback named for the stork beak in the fluke center. Jabiru was first sighted in 2002 and has not been seen yet with a calf so Jabiru is believed to be a male. Eruption the humpback whale got her name because of the black part of the fluke erupting into the white part. Eruption was sighted as a calf with her mother in 1999 so we do know that Eruption is 15 years old. So far Eruption has one documented calf.

We spent the rest of the trip watching this trio and then kept a look out for another animal making its way into the area – once this animal got closer we identified it as Freckles again! All in all, we had a great day offshore watching lots of humpback whales.

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