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In the Great South ChannelBREACHING HUMPBACK 2014-08-11

Monday, August 11, 2014:

Our 14th trip to the Great South Channel in the past 12 years was definitely not an unlucky one. In fact, it was one of the best of all time. Our 1st morning, with nearly flat seas and unlimited visibility made finding the whales until we entered a fog bank. Once we came through the fog we began to see minke whales all over. We must have passed 20-30 minkes as we travelled northward.

Humpback whales were breaching and feeding ahead. Our first day brought us close enough to get ID photos on 63 humpbacks including 23 unknowns and 12 calves. Day 1 ended with a 'BREACH FEST." Moms and calves, single whales, duos, and trios of whales were breaching all around the boat, incluing three double breaches right next to us. It was amazing and the videos will be available soon.

PHOTOS from Day 1

PHOTOS from Day 2

Interactive Map and Photos

Tuesday, August 12, 2014:

Our second day began with clear skies and , whales, and dolphins, and the breaching continued. We weighed anchor and headed north to a new area and found new whales we hadn't seen the previous day. Today, some repeats, but also lots of whales we hadn’t seen before.


 TOTALS FOR THE TRIP

91 humpback whales (8 unknowns)
30 minke whales
3 finback whales
50 Atlantic white-sided dolphins
200 short-beaked common dolphins
1 Blue shark
500 Wilson's storm petrels
300 Cory’s Shearwaters
1500 Great Shearwaters
10 Sooty Shearwaters
10 Manx Shearwaters
4 Parasitic Jaegers
1 Skua sp.
7 Northen Gannets

We have now had 873 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally.  With the assistance of the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook we have, photo-identified 354 different whales during these trips. .

Click here to see a list of all humpbacks from CRESLI trips since 2002
Click here for a gallery of our identified humpbacks from 2002-2014

August 11-12, 2014

August 11, 2014 August 12, 2014
Algebra Andreas
Alphorn Brine
Artillery Chinook
Belly Degree
Bolide Fragment
Bombay Oreo
Bounce Palette
Brushstroke Reaper and calf
Buzzard  Shards
Cajun Tatsu
Canopy and calf Tear
Cantilever Woodpecker
Cardinal Wyoming
Cat eyes Zeppelin 
Chairlift 1 mom/calf unknown
Cirri  
Citation
Deuce 
Dice
Dracula and calf
Drizzle
Duck
Echo and calf
Eruption
Falcon 
Firefly
Flounder
Genie
Giraffe and calf
Hancock 
Infinity
Iota and calf
Jumanji
Loon and calf
Meerkat
Milkweed and calf
Monarch
Music 
Pumba 
Pumpkinseed 
Reflection and calf
Sanchal
Snowplow
Spirit
Storm 
Stump
Synapse
Thalassa and calf
Thumper and calf
Trim and her '13 calf (now a yearling)
Tunguska
Venom and calf
Vulture and calf
Wave
Yoo Hoo
6 unkowns


For more information on humpback whales, click here.

For links to earlier sighting reports and photos from Great South Channel trips, click here.

 

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