July 8, 2015 Whale Watch - Naturalist Carly Hepburn

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Finback whale.

We had a great day offshore and were able to see 2 different species of baleen whales.Our first sighting was of a Finback whale, known as the greyhound of the sea because of their ability to reach short bursts of speed up to 35 miles per hour!  Finback whales typically don’t stay at the surface for very long so we saw another blow off in the distance and headed into that area.

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Young humpback whale.

The blow was from a humpback whale, we have been seeing this whale a lot this summer. This humpback does not have a name yet because it is a juvenile probably only 2 or 3 years old.  We don’t name humpback whales until they are about 4 or 5 because the pattern on the underside of their fluke is not fully developed until then.  After watching this whale surface multiple times we left the area and headed west because our captain heard of more humpback whales in that area.

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Spoon and calf.

Our last sighting of the day was a mother and calf pair.  The mom is a whale named Spoon and we have been seeing this pair and watching the calf learn new behaviors all summer. Today Spoon did not seem to be feeding at all but rather just traveling along ride under the surface of the water.  We were able to follow this pair by looking for the green right under the water, which is a mixture of their long white pectoral flippers and our cold productive waters. We were able to spend quite some time with Spoon and her before we had to head back to Provincetown.

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Spoon and calf.

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Spoon’s calf.

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