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Category Archives: Naturalist Notebook

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 […]

Naturalist’s Notebook: April 30, 2016 – May 06, 2016

Bright sunshine greeted the passengers of the Dolphin 8 on April 30.  And it was under that bright sunshine that they were treated to views of 4 species of whales.  The Atlantic White-sided dolphins seen by the morning’s passengers delighted them as they swam around the boat, allowing all aboard to get superb looks.  If […]

Naturalist’s Notebook: April 23, 2016 to April 29, 2016

It is important to remember that whalewatching is not just about whales.  It always best to think of your trip as a Marine Science Adventure.  The reason for that is very simple.  Sometimes the coolest thing that you experience is not something that the whales were doing.  A whalewatch is a foray into what may […]

Naturalist’s Notebook: April 16 to April 22, 2016

When you whalewatch at this time of year, you should keep two things in mind.  First, this is the best time of year to see a North Atlantic Right Whale.  And, second, due to the presence of Right whales in Cape Cod Bay and the surrounding north Atlantic, there is a mandatory 10 knot speed […]

Naturalists Notebook: April 15, 2016

The first day of whalewatching was bright and crisp, with a “mighty” wind from the north.  Both humpback whales and finback whales were sighted.  The naturalist took note of two of the sightings.  One, the last sighting of the trip, was of several humpback whales that appeared to become curious about the boat.  He reports […]