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What the Fluke

I will swim with a humpback whale some day.

It’s at the top of my bucket list for sure.

I actually planned a vacation to Costa Rica several years ago for the opportunity to swim with the whales in Drake Bay, but sadly, no whales were in the area during my stay.

I have, however, had the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, black tip reef sharks, and manatees.  Each of those experiences are kind of sacred to me.  All are moments that I will never forget.

While swimming with wild marine life may not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you haven’t been on at least one amazing whale watch, you are missing out.  We are incredibly fortunate to have whales not far off our coast for a good part of the year.  I, all kidding aside, sometimes find myself laying awake at night thinking, “I wonder what the whales are doing right now?” Freak meter rating high, I realize, but true nonetheless.

So, today, knowing that the whales have been plentiful for the past several days, we went for a trip with Cape Ann Whale Watch.  How do I know they’ve been plentiful you may ask?  I follow their blog.

I had the opportunity to speak with both long time owners, Nick Danikas and Jim Douglass, in the parking lot prior to the trip.  Both are great guys who are pretty passionate about offering trips that leave guests with memories to last a lifetime.

Likewise, the crew and the naturalists are phenomenal and beyond highly educated on the matter of whales and sea life indigenous to our waters. Their enthusiasm was contagious.  Even the captain, John Karvelas, was excitedly pointing out bubble clouds as they formed on the surface of the water.  Bubble clouds are a method that whales use to trap krill and sand eels in a tight school so that they can emerge, mouths open, and swallow up a giant meal.

Today’s trip was nothing short of amazing.  To begin, we only had to head 11 miles off the Dog Bar Breakwater, which was a treat in itself.  After a short steam, we were literally surrounded by humpback whales.  I’ve been on many whale watches.  Both on local whale watching boats and on smaller private boats. Today’s trip was one for the record books.

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Hear are some of my favorite photos from today’s trip.

 

Seven Seas Whale Watching Report from May 5th and 6th 2012

Seven Seas Whale Watching Report from May 5th and 6th 

From Jay Frontiero;
“After not being out on the water for a few days we were finally able to get off shore and look for some whales again this weekend. Our search took us to the southern edge of Stellwagen Bank… a little over 30 miles from Gloucester… but I think everyone onboard agreed that it was worth the extra time and effort to get there. The whales were spectacular!
On both May 5th and 6th we were treated to fantastic feeding displays from large groups of Humpback Whales.  Many of the whales we sighted were old friends. That is to say they are Humpback Whales that we see return to the Stellwagen Bank/southern Gulf of Maine region to feed nearly every year. We have therefor gotten to many many of these whales quite well and we are always happy to see them return in the spring and know they have made the long migration north from their breeding grounds in the Caribbean safely.
The individual Humpback Whales we were able to identify over the weekend were:

WIZARD  (who has one of the most beautiful tails of any whale)
CAJUN (a favorite whale of MANY whale watchers)
ABRASION and her new calf (our first mother/calf pair of the year!)
IOTA
LAVALIERE
FRACTURE
DIVISION
TUNGUSKA (one of my favorites)
FALCON
SCYLLA’S 2008 CALF (not yet named)
BLACK HOLE
This list will most likely grow as I still have a lot of photos to go through and try and identify.”
Click here for the rest of the Seven Seas Whale Watch Report