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Category Archives: Naturalist Notebook

Naturalist’s Notebook – July 09, 2016 to July 15, 2016

This weeks whalewatchers, too, were treated to numerous views of feeding humpback whales.  When the animals were feeding near the surface, the usual spectrum of techniques was evident.  There was the blowing of single clouds of bubbles to corral the schooling fish closer together as well as the blowing of fine nets of bubbles that […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – July 02, 2016 to July 08, 2016

For most of this week, the adults continued feeding at depth, despite the huge numbers of forage fish, mostly sand eels, just beneath the surface.  While they pursued their sustenance, the calves continued their assault on the air.  Again, this week, the reports from nearly all trips were of calves breaching and flippering and lobtailling. […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – June 25, 2016 to July 01, 2016

It appears that this week the large schools of forage fish have sunk lower in the water column.  There were a couple of days at the beginning of the week in which the humpbacks were feeding at the surface, most notably, again, Tornado and Loon.  The biggest feeding event of the week took place on […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – June 18, 2016 to June 24, 2016

The dramatic change in the distribution of whales that began in the middle of last week has not only continued, but intensified.  At the beginning of last week, whalewatch passengers were seeing mostly finback whales and a few humpback whales.  By the end of the week, the trips were finding fewer finbacks and up to […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – June 11, 2016 to June 17, 2016

Three species of whale were seen feeding by the passengers of the Dolphin Fleet on June 11.  Nancy Scaglione-Peck reports that there were probably more than thirty Minkes that would lunge every so often, creating a huge wave.  She goes on to write that they also saw, “one giant finner” that “lunged and rolled pink […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – June 04, 2016 to June 10, 2016

The morning fog hung high in the air on June 4, almost like a haze over the Dolphin VIII as it travelled toward Peaked Hill.  In recent weeks, there have been a lot of Minke whale sightings.  Today’s was just phenomenal.  Even under the gray haze you could clearly see the shape of the whale […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – May 28, 2016 to June 03, 2016

The weather was cited by both naturalists on May 28 as a major reason for the enjoyment of their passengers.  Spring sunshine and a warm breeze from the southwest added to the gentle seas to make this day a complete pleasure on the water.  Add to that weather three species of feeding whales and what […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – May 21, 2016 to May 27, 2016

The passengers of both the Dolphin VIII and the Dolphin IX were almost mesmerized by the sightings of Atlantic White-sided dolphins on May 21.  These sleek and colorful cetaceans were seen by the passengers of all three trips in groups of at least 200 that spread out around the vessels so that all aboard could […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – May 14, 2016 to May 20, 2016

The naturalist on May 14 reports that the Dolphin VIII watched a rather unique encounter between a small finback whale and a kayaker.  Apparently, the finner was circling the guy fast enough to cause a wake around him.  The kayaker is reported to have looked scared. The passengers of the afternoon trip witnessed an entangled […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – May 07, 2016 to May 13, 2016

Sometimes a really important and enjoyable sighting is made by passengers even before the crew catches a glimpse of the whale.  It was the passengers of the Dolphin VIII that first spotted the very fine spout of the humpback whale on May 08.  Under the gray skies and during the intermittent rain, the passengers all […]