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Wed July 20- Whale Watch

No better way to beat the heat than with a whale watch! Comfortable breezes at sea were joined by dozens of small pods of short-beaked common dolphins throughout the voyage (200-250 total), including several mother/calf pairs and juveniles. Passengers listening closely at the bow could hear their clicks and whistles as the dolphins swam alongside the vessel. A mako shark sighting preceded that of a hammerhead to the delight of those aboard. One minke whale with a fishy-smelling exhalation gave new meaning to the term “stinky minke” (normally referring to their lack of a visible spray/blow and subsequent difficulty in spotting) as it surfaced close by. Two more minkes and a pair of finback whales were also observed. Pelagic bird sightings included (approximately) 120 Great Shearwaters, 40-50 Cory’s Shearwaters, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 1 immature Northern Gannet, and 120-150 Wilson’s Storm Petrels, half of which occurred in one large, beautiful flock. Escape the heat with us this Sunday as we sail along cool waters and explore more of this amazing coastal ecosystem

  • 2 Finback whales 
  • 3 Minke whales
  • 200-250 Short-beaked common dolphins
  • 1 Hammerhead shark
  • 1 Mako shark
  • ~120 Great Shearwaters
  • 40-50 Cory’s Shearwaters
  • 4 Manx Shearwaters
  • 1 immature Northern Gannet
  • ~120-150 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
  • a whale jumping out of the water