|People fishing and observing a humpback whale|
The day was bright and sunny until later afternoon when some clouds that come in. The temperature on the ocean was in the 60s, without hardly any wind and the seas were smooth. I met a lot of old friends and found some new friends.
Like last year, most of the whales were congregated off of Chatham Massachusetts. The trip from Plymouth to the waters off of Chatham took around three hours, with stops to photograph a Parasitic Jaeger, Basking Shark and a large herd of gray seals swimming .
Arriving off the coast of Chatham, we did find whales, at least 33 named humpback whales, four new calfs and the Great Dame Of Stellwagon Bank "SALT". Salt was the first humpback whale named back in 1975 by Capt. Al Aveller, who was the pioneer of whale watching in New England. Salt has given birth to at least 13 calves, including one this year, plus she is a grandmother, and probably a great grandmother. This makes the 39th year of Salt's appearance to the coast of New England.
|Salt the Grand Am of Stellwagon Bank|
|Humpback whale head and blow|
|The power of a humpback whale|
|Humpback whale feeding with gulls coming in to catch any fish on the surface|
|Group feeding of humpback whales|
Speaking of gulls, a glaucous gull showed up in the large group of gulls and was immediately identified because of its brilliant white color.
|Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin and Fin Whale|
|Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin|
|Basking Shark Fin|