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We had a great day on the water today! In the morning we saw 2 FINBACK WHALES and 3 MINKE WHALES 18 miles east of Gloucester, MA. Then in the afternoon we saw a single HUMPBACK WHALE (a whale called "Nile") 26 miles southeast of Gloucester. So that's three species of whale whales in one day! Whale watching is good......
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July 08, 2013

How do I summarize this past week? Well, I guess I’d say that it has been challenging but rewarding week of whale watching. While whales (at least one whale) have been seen on each trip, they have sometimes been very scarce and hard to find.  So the truth is: on some days it’s been difficult to get good views of even a single whale, while on other days we have had truly spectacular sightings of many different whales, dolphins, and even some great surface activity.

Each trip this past week has been SO different that it’s hard to summarize what the “average” trip has been like for the purposes of this sightings update! To illustrate what I mean, I’ll just summarize the sightings over the last three days (July 6th, 7th and 8th):

On the morning of 7/6 we travelled north towards Jeffreys Ledge and saw a FINBACK WHALE and huge pod of ATLANTIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS.... great trip! But by the afternoon of that same day the dolphins and Fin Whale had disappeared. Despite the efforts of 7 (!) different whale watch boats we were unable to re-locate the Finback or the dolphins. Where the Fin Whale had been seen that morning we did find three MINKE WHALES, but unfortunately were didn’t get to spent much time with them as we were trying so hard to relocate the Fin Whale. It was a beautiful day on the water (very calm seas and MUCH cooler than on land) but a frustrating day in terms of finding whales.

Based upon the fact that the Finback Whale and Dolphins disappeared so suddenly, the next day, 7/7, we headed south towards Stellwagen Bank’s southwest corner. We ended up traveling over 30 miles south... a long, long way... but it was worth it because we found a HUMPBACK WHALE! It was a well-known whale named “NILE.” Nile is one of our favorite whales and it’s always a treat to see her. Nile is known by many experienced whale watchers as she has been one of the most regularly sighted Humpback Whales in our area for the past 25 years (Nile is the 1987 calf of “Mars.”)

Please check back soon for my next whale sightings update.






Jay Frontierro
7 Seas Whale Watch 
Head Naturalist/Captain

Left: A close-up photo a FINBACK WHALE’S distinctive triangular dorsal fin. Photo by 7 Seas Whale Watch naturalist S. Jay Frontierro.
PREVIOUS 2013 WHALE SIGHTINGS REPORTS:
Individual Humpback Whales we’ve seen so far in 2013:
TONGS......................female, first seen in 1989
MARS...................... female, first seen in 1979
MURAL.................... female, first seen in 1980
EMBER.................... male, 1982 calf of Cardhu 
UNDERLINE............ female, first seen in 1994
SIRIUS..................... female, first seen in 1994
VENTISCA................female, first seen in 2001
NILE......................... female, 1987 calf of Mars
SKUA....................... first seen in 1997, gender unknown.
MOGUL.................... male, first seen in 1984
MEASLES..................first seen in 2002, gender unknown
PINBALL....................female, 1989 calf of Liner
HORNBILL.................male, first seen in 1979
BOOMERANG...........male, first seen in 1985
SATULA.....................Male, first seen in 1998
VENOM......................female, 1996 calf of Cardhu
GUNSLINGER............first seen in 2000, gender unknown
MUDSKIPPER............first seen in 1989, unknown gender

>> June 30, 2013
>> June 21, 2013
>> June 13, 2013
>> June 5, 2013
>> May 22, 2013
>> May 7, 2013
>> April 27, 2013
MORE RECENT PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE AREA:
On the afternoon of 7/8 we once again travelled 30 miles to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank where we saw one HUMPBACK WHALE (Nile again), one FINBACK WHALE, and one MINKE WHALE.... three species! 

Nile was busy feeding which was spectacular to see. One time she even lunged to the surface with water streaming out of her mouth just a few feet from the boat (see picture above)! 

Nile was being watching by A LOT of other whales watch boats as she is the only Humpback Whale currently being seen in all of the southern Gulf of Maine. At one point 8 boats from 4 different ports were all watching her at one time. Hopefully she will soon be joined by more whales so the boats can spread out a little.  Nile is a really great whale and if she continues to on the spectacular feeding displays like we saw today she will make a lot of people very happy. It was a good day!

So as you can see the number of whales, species of whales, and even the location of the whales has changed a lot over the past 48 hours. In some ways it makes each trip very exciting in that we truly don’t know what we are going to encounter each time we leave the dock. Whale watching is very different from going to a zoo or aquarium where the animals are captive, locked in cages or pens and in some cases trained to perform on command. A whale watch is a lot more like a safari: We go out on the open ocean to look for wild and endangered animals in their natural habitat. Each trip brings unexpected surprises, challenges, and opportunities to learn more about the ocean environment and the animals that live there. It’s an unscripted adventure, and that’s what keeps it fun, fresh, and exciting no matter how times you’ve been out before.

But like any nature trip there is always the chance that you won’t find what you are looking for. Fortunately this rarely happens as the area that we going whale watching in is one of the most productive whale feeding areas in the North Atlantic, but it is important to keep in mind the nature of the trip and to realistic about how challenging it can be to find wild animals.

http://gloucesterwhalewatching.com/cape_ann_whale_sightings/2013-7-8.html

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Our first trip of the 2012 whale watching season was yesterday (Saturday, April 21st). I happy to report that it was a GREAT first trip with lots of whales, dolphins, and even some great birds! You can read my full sightings report and see some photos from the trip at: http://www.gloucesterwhalewatching.com/2012-4-21.html

Enjoy!
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