June 27th, 2014 ~ 12:00 p.m. Whale Watch - Tiffany

On Friday we left the dock in Provincetown with beautiful blue skies! Such a great day to watch whales!!  We only made it a little way out of the harbor and located a blow! This turned out to be a humpback whale named Orbit. Orbit is a whale who was first sighted in 1979. She is a female – she has had 10 calves so far, her last calf was born in 2013.

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Humpback whales are medium-sized baleen whale (they have baleen in their mouths instead of teeth, it’s their filter).   These whales are 45 to 50 feet long and weigh 35 tons!!  Today we watched Orbit traveling and diving. After a few minutes we watched orbit surface in a bubble cloud. We watched teal green bubbles rise to the water’s surface. This is because orbit was using bubbles to feed under the water. Humpback whales are known to use bubbles to help them corral and frighten their prey.

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Next we were able to watch another humpback named Measles. Measles was also feeding deeper in the water column using bubbles to capture the fish.  We were lucky again when we moved on to another animal which happened to be a humpback named Mogul. Mogul has a beautiful white ventral fluke pattern. We were able to take a look when Mogul would head down for dives.

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While watching mogul we witnessed a breach ~ Mogul tail breached right in front of us!

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What a great view of the entire animal. Good way to get a feel for how big the animals are!!

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