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Sun July 9

Whale Watching July 9 2017

Whales, dolphins, sunfish, and a sea turtle. What a day we had!
An amazing trip-even better than last week’s.

We saw 11 fin whales, 500 dolphins, a loggerhead turtle and lots of action and pelagic birds. We were headed to a spot around 15 nautical miles away but began to find whales closer. Our first whales were a cow/calf pair with the calf logging (sleeping) at the surface and the mother was searching for food. This pair we had seen a week earlier 10 miles to the southwest. The calf was logging (sleeping) just under the surface. After a while with them, we headed further out and found another cow/calf pair that were staying close to each other as we would expect because the calf was small and young, diving together, swimming together. The calf decided to come close and roll over next to us and swim across our bow twice. Mom decided to swim between us and the calf, the calf swam around mom and moved next to us again. We left them to find yet another cow/calf pair and then several other singleton fin whales. These whales were joined with 500 short-beaked common dolphins. All were feeding . One fin whale came up and did a sideways surface feeding lunge. We found and stayed with another cow/calf pair until it was time to head back even though we were surrounded by fin whales in all directions all around us. Everyone had a great day!


11 Fin Whales

500 Short Beaked common dolphins

1 Loggerhead turtles

1 Ocean sunfish

300 Great shearwaters

300 Cory’s shearwaters

10 Sooty shearwaters

1 Manx shearwaters

100 Wilson’s storm petrels.

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