Naturalists Notes 5-24-18
May 24, 2018
Today aboard the Asteria we had a trip of humpback mother and calves! We ended up a bit east of the NW corner of the bank, where we found several scattered humpbacks. The first pair we spent time with was the restful pair of Spoon and her 2018 calf. While Spoon never lifted her tail, it was nice to watch this peaceful pair hanging at the surface together. Spoon is one of our older veteran females seen on the bank – and a personal favorite of mine – she also has an odd-shaped head/blow hole, which helped me identify who she was today (you tend to learn the little quirks of your favorite whales!)
We wrapped up our trip with a second mom and calf pair, Shuttle and calf. While we had restful whales most of the trip, everyone was super excited on board to see Shuttle’s interesting fluke once she did finally lift her tail!
Our search for whales brought us out to the northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank this afternoon. Initially we found it quite difficult to keep up with the scattered humpbacks in the area, and finally lucked out with a couple of good looks at a speedy fin whale. After some time, we decided to try our luck with the humpbacks again, and found Dross and her calf- a new mom and calf pair for us this season! The calf was a little active as we approached, and executed some playful rolls and tiny tail breaches. It was really fun to compare their sizes as they travelled together at the surface. Overall, it was a great day out on the bank!