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Naturalists Notes 11-4-18

November 4, 2018

12:00 PM

It was a perfect fall day to be on the water for a late season whale watch and the sightings did not disappoint in the slightest. We cruised all the way out to the eastern edge of Stellwagen Bank spotting plenty of northern gannets, gulls, northern fulmars, scoters, and a small group of Atlantic white sided dolphins along the way. The first humpback of the day was taking non-fluking dives and seemed to be on a mission, and we followed Coral as he made a beeline toward two other humpbacks. In the very far distance to the north two other humpbacks could be see breaching and we also caught side of another single humpback a bit to our south. Coral swam closer and closer to the pair, Etch-a-Sketch and a whale with an unconfirmed ID, and it was clear that he was looking to join the two. Sure enough they all surfaced together and remained side by side for the duration of our time with them. We enjoyed some amazing close looks at the three whales who intermittently trumpeted, rolled onto their sides with the tip of the fluke emulating a massive shark, and kicking as they dove. Can’t ask for much more than a day like today!

Laura L., Marissa, and Cate