July
14th 2008
Whale Watch #6

Posted under whale watches

So what do I do after complaining about the crowded boats in Provincetown? I take a trip from Boston with the New England Aquarium.  What can I say? I’m a member and I try to go out on their whale watches each year.  I’m not crazy about the 3 level catamaran’s capacity for hundreds, but there I was.  One of the things that makes me nutty about these cruises is that people tend to be sort of oblivious about things like their trash blowing overboard.  And I don’t think enough is said by the naturalists to make sure people know about the problem.  But, I’m not the one with the microphone (just a wee blog).

We did have a gorgeous day on the water, and a terrific whale watch overall.  Our first treat was a display of lobtailing.  I could easily identify one of the two visible whales as Alphorn.  When I got home to look at photos and compare them to the thumbnails provided by PCCS, I saw that the other one was Hancock.  Because there was so much interest in this display by other boats and we could see more spouts elsewhere, we moved on.

3july08neaq16atNext up we found two adults and a calf.  One of the adults was Banyan, who is easy to ID even without seeing flukes because of the around of scarring around the tail stock from an entanglement.  We also found a juvenile whale who was breaching, though I was not quick enough with the camera to catch it.  Some flipper slapping was also seen, making this trip a great array of surface behaviors.

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