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Went out for whale watch #6 today from Gloucester, on Capt. Bill and Sons with the Whale Center of New England. The weather here in New England has been decidedly unexciting lately, with more rain than anything else. On shore today, though, it was beautiful with sunny skies and some clouds – but not those of the threatening variety – and it was looking like we would have a nice trip. I had organized a group of friends and friends of friends from Camp Camp, and was really hoping to get a good trip in.
Depends on one’s definition of good :-) By mid afternoon, all I could think was to remind myself that just being out on the water was a Very Nice Thing. As soon as we passed the breakwater of Gloucester Harbor, we were enveloped in fog and visibility was dramatically reduced. I give a lot of credit to the crew who worked so hard to find us whales, even taking us far enough south that we encountered the Dolphin Fleet‘s Dolphin 8! We did find two adult whales there, but were only able to see their dorsal fins. They were swimming at the surface but not showing us much. The one dive we saw from them was not “dramatic” enough for a showing of flukes.
So we made our way back towards north, stopping at a point where there had been a report of a mother and calf. Our naturalist, Laura, asked us to remain quiet as we were again enveloped in fog (the area where we found the two adults was considerably clearer) and we were going to need to listen for exhalations. After a few moments of anticipation we were indeed rewarded by the appearance of Fulcrum and her calf (already determined to be a male). Fulcrum is one of the easiest whales to ID because of the boat propellor injury to her dorsal fin. Because we had already spent so much time on our search, we couldn’t stay with these whales for long, though before we left the calf graced us with some playful surface activity, rolling over, showing his pectoral fins, and playing with seaweed. He even spyhopped a couple of times.
Our 3.5 hour whale watch became a nearly 5 hour trip, and the group of people I brought aboard – some of whom had never been whale watching before – were real troopers to be so patient and just enjoy the day. I am glad for them we did get some good whale sightings. Because I was so spoiled with the great sightings in May, I am anxious to get out again soon, hopefully with better weather on the ocean! Still, any day with whales is a good day, indeed.