Thursday, August 31, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Here you can see Repeat's dorsal fin. Notice the white "rake" marks. Speaking with humpback researchers at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) they believe these marks are from an orca attack during the calf year. We have been seeing Repeat for the past week now and PCCS told us that Repeat hasn't been seen since 2004 off Massachusetts. These pictures were taken yesterday, when the sun was shining. With the mist and weather today I didn't take out my camera and just enjoyed with my eyes. Keep watching for more updates.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Here you can see a spyhop. Note the barnacles and the ventral grooves (pleats than run down the belly side in rorqual whales to allow expansion while feeding).
I always say my job is a privledge, to be able to spend the amount of time I do with whales, and tonight was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Hello, it's Danielle, senior naturalist and photographer with Quoddy Link Marine. We had another great day with humpback whales. We spent all 3 trips with Parachute (left) and Quarternote (below, can you guess how Quarternote got his named by looking at his fluke?). Parachute was active again today on our 5:30 trip, I don't have any pictures from that trip, I was in the office. They are calling for light winds for the next 2 days so I will keep you posted on our sightings. Thanks for checking in.
On our 10:00 am trip we have the pleasure of watching Parachute be VERY active. This does not happen on every trip. Humpbacks do breach a lot but the odds that it happens during every departure is very rare.
Here you can clearly see Parachutes ventral pleats. The grooves allow expansion so when "he" feeds this area can expand and he can take a huge gulp of water in and filter that water, getting more food with just one mouthful. This makes them more efficient feeders.
On our evening trip Hobo continued our amazing lucky streak. He breached and lob tailed for about 10 minutes, so amazing to see.
The fluke of Sonogram.
A flipper slap at sunset.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Repeat (seen on Aug. 20th 10:00; Aug. 21st 10:00 & 2:00; Aug. 22nd 10:00 & 2:00; Aug. 23rd 2:00)
Godzilla (seen on Aug. 22 10:00; Aug. 23rd 2:00; Aug. 24th 5:30)
Sonogram (seen on Aug. 22nd 2:00, Aug. 23rd 5:30)
Quarternote (seen on Aug. 22nd 10:00; Aug 23rd 10:00, 2:00)
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Keep in touch, everyday is different, you never know what or who we may see.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
The forecast today was for strong easterly winds and thunder storms, neither of which materialized. We spent our 10:00 am and 2:00 pm trip off Eastern Wolf with 2 humpbacks yet to be identified in the morning and Hobo and Parachute in the afternoon.
I'll keep you posted on the identity of the unknown humpbacks, stay tuned.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Hobo, a whale we have seen many times this summer, as well as in 2005.
Parachute, a whale we have become very familiar with over the past few weeks. We have seen Parachute every year since 2003.
Another new individual with an almost all black tail. "His" dorsal fin is very rounded.
The third new individual, with a black tail with a few special white spots. This humpbacks dorsal fin has a hooked shape, so it is easily distinguished from the humpback directly above.
As soon as I get a positive identification on the humpbacks I will let you know. Below you can see 2 pictures of Hobo and the Quoddy Link taken today while I was out on our scout boat. Keep checking back for more updates.