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

Today we left Provincetown Harbor with a wind whipping out of the southwest at 20-25 knots. Our destination was an area east of Stellwagen Bank where we had seen whales the day before. It was a long, rough ride out there but we were richly rewarded as we saw a blow right off the bow. It turned out to be an unidentified humpback whale logging at the ocean surface. Logging is a resting behavior exhibited by whales in which one hemisphere of the brain is shut off and resting while one hemisphere is in charge of the whale’s breathing.

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When one hemisphere is rested, the other begins to rest. We moved on from that animal and immediately saw three more blows. These visible exhalations turned out to be from Pleats, Etch-a-Sketch and Etch-a-Sketch’s new calf! These two adult whales were feeding aggressively on the surface with Etch-a-Sketch exhibiting her signature three kick feeds and her calf rolling lob tailing and tail flicking.

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Soon two more humpbacks came charging onto the scene, one was identified as Abrasion and the other Cardinal. These whales continued their vigorous feeding before a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins surfaced, including some likely two-month-old calves and playing just off the bow.

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We unfortunately had to leave these animals soon but we were lucky enough to see a finback whale on our way back to the harbor, capping off an exceptional day on the water!

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