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Naturalists Notes
Naturalists Notes 11-4-17

November 4, 2017

12:00 PM

Upon the ether northborne of Stellwagen Bank we found specimens upholstered in blubber and embroidered in tubercle.  Curious to these eyes were pigmentation patterns unknown, but one Humpback whale was known as Reaper, for the sickle of black on her left fluke.  She associated with three others of her kind on dives 6-10 minutes in duration, and along the horizon were several pairs of the same species.  The seas accommodated our surveyors with slow rolls and skies devoid of cloudy static, and for 90 minutes we were fortunate to witness rorqual majesty, still captivating and enigmatic after decades of research and admiration.

Periscope Down, Richard W Dolan