Even though our whale watching season doesn't start until the end of June in St. Andrews, humpback whales are already arriving on their summer feeding grounds off Massachusetts. Our humpbacks are part of the Gulf of Maine population and I want to keep you posted on the new mothers and familiar "faces" when they are sighted. Humpback whales are named and identified based on the black and white pigmentation on the underside of their flukes (the whale on the left is Parachute, a humpback I have been photographing since 2003). The names are not gender specific because usually at the time of naming the sex of the whale is not known.
The new mothers for 2007 so far are:
I will keep you posted, if there are questions please feel free to drop me an email.