Monday, May 11, 2015

The First Whale Watch of the Season

Northern Gannet


On Mother's Day, I took part of the family on the first whale watch of the year on Son IV Run by Plymouth Whale Watching.  It turned out to be a beautiful day on the water, sunny, with some light cirrus clouds and slight to moderate winds.  The boat was filled to capacity, which at times made it hard to photograph unless you were in the right spot because of the number of people lining the rail.  After leaving Plymouth Harbor and approaching the Gurnet.  We came across our first whales, active right whales.  Another good difficulty in photographing these whales, was the law which prevented approaching any closer than 500 yards to a right whale because of they are severely endangered and the speed of the boat must be decreased to 10 kn.  After this we traveled slowly up to Provincetown where off of Race Point.  We encountered both fin whales and humpback whales.  Both species were in the movement mode rather than the feeding mode.  There were a number of northern Gannet's flying around also.  Coming back again at the Gurnet area.  We saw right whales feeding.  In all, it was a wonderful day and enjoyed by everyone.
Right Whale Fluke on a Dive
Right Whale Tail Slapping

Right Whale Feeding
Fin Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale on a Dive



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