Naturalists Notes 11-5-18
November 5, 2018
Greetings Fellow Carbon, The M/V Aurora bounded for Stellwagen Bank, and 40 miles of travel brought our company just south of the shipping lanes. As we found our footing in a building eastern swell, another lifeform contested its briny confines. Veiled in bursts of white-water was the gyrating tailstock of a Humpback whale, oscillating like some windmill promised to take flight. We steadily drew near the leviathan for identification, and the fluke pattern was that of Glo-Stick!
Seen not once before this season by our fleet, this female Humpback protested the ocean’s grasp with cycles of flipper slapping and tail breaching. For nearly twenty minutes the dancer answered the song of wind upon spray. The whale found an attentive dancing partner in our captain, whose vessel heeded her sway only from safe distance. Her audience may have included a second audience to the southern horizon, for the dance was continued by a breaching Humpback towards Provincetown! Glo-Stick took on a slower gait for the fifteen minutes, falling to rest.
Blows further southeast speak to the coming days, and may calming seas permit us a chance meeting with these leviathans as well.
Periscope Down, Rich W D