21st 2008
Whale Watch #7 of ’08

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If only I lived closer to the coast (I’m on the NH/VT border), then I would get out on even more whale watches! I do pretty well, all told. the trip with the Aquarium was so good for the whales, I didn’t waste any time getting back out. This time it was out of Gloucester on Capt. Bill and Sons. Hadn’t made it out this way since the Earth Day whale watch in May.

2ww708ggl16atWe had a spectacular day on the water with loads of great sightings. Mothers and calves were in seeming abundance. Apostrophe and her calf were out and about and “bumped into” Bilbo/Spoon with her calf. Apostrophe’s calf seemed to want to play with the other but there was no mutual interest. I know it’s easy to anthropomorphize these animals, but it was easy to compare the activity to what one might see on any playground with kids who are willing and kids who hide behind their mom’s leg. Apostrophe pulled away and took her calf along, thus ending the “playground encounter”.

Not much later we found Tornado and her calf. They wound up joining another association of 3 adults: Nile, Sundog and Tunguska. There was not a lot of overly demonstrative surface activity but we did get some nice looks at the various flukes in the group.

Another terrific day on the water! The total was 14-16 humpbacks (also seen and ID’d by dorsal was possibly Fern) and half a dozen minkes moving about the area.

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