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Weekly Sightings Log

Dolphin Fleet Sightings – May 28, 2017 – June 3, 2017

May 28, 2017: DOLPHIN X: 10:00am. Naturalist Reporting: Mark Gilmore 5 Fin whales DOLPHIN IX: 12:30pm. Naturalist Reporting: John Conlon 3 Fin whales 2 Basking sharks DOLPHIN X: 1:30pm. Naturalist Reporting: Mark Gilmore 1 Minke whale 2 Fin whales 2 Basking sharks DOLPHIN IX: 4:30pm. Naturalist Reporting: John Conlon 4 Humpback whales Birds Seen: Northern […]

Dolphin Fleet Sightings – May 21, 2017 – May 27, 2017

May 21, 2017: DOLPHIN IX: 10:00am. Naturalist Reporting: Mark Gilmore 3 Minke whales 4-5 Humpback whales DOLPHIN X: 12:30pm. Naturalist Reporting: John Conlon 2 Minke whales 1 Fin whale 4 Humpback whales DOLPHIN IX: 1:30pm. Naturalist Reporting: Mark Gilmore 1 Humpback whale 1 Basking shark Birds Seen: Northern Gannets, Iceland Gull, Wilson’s Storm Petrels   […]

Dolphin Fleet Sightings – May 14, 2017 – May 20, 2017

May 16, 2017: DOLPHIN X: 10:00am. Naturalist Reporting: Carolyn O’Connor 6 Humpback whales 1 Harbor seal DOLPHIN X: 1:30pm. 2 Minke whales 6 Humpback whales 2 Harbor seals Individuals Seen: Hancock and 2017 calf Birds: Northern Gannets, Herring Gulls, Double Crested Cormorants, Laughing Gulls, and Eiders   May 17, 2017: DOLPHIN IX: 10:00am. Naturalist Reporting: […]

Dolphin Fleet Sightings – May 7, 2017 to May 13, 2017

May 7, 2017: DOLPHIN X: 10:00am Naturalist Reporting: Mark Gilmore 3 Fin whales 750-1000 Atlantic White Sided dolphins 9-12 Humpback whales DOLPHIN X: 1:30pm 2 Fin whales 125-200 Atlantic White Sided dolphins 8-9 Humpback whales Individuals Seen: Echo, Hancock and calf, Striation, Eraser   May 8, 2017: DOLPHIN X: 10:00am Naturalist Reporting: Dennis Minsky 15-40 […]

Dolphin Fleet Sightings – May 1, 2017 to May 4, 2017

May 1, 2017: DOLPHIN X: 1:30pm. Naturalist Reporting: Carolyn O’Connor 2 Minke whales 1 Fin whale 25-30 Atlantic White Sided dolphins 2 Humpback whales 1 Sei whale 10-11 North Atlantic Right whales 1 Harbor seal 3-5 Harbor porpoises   May 3, 2017: DOLPHIN X: 10:00am. Naturalist Reporting: Dennis Minsky 1 Minke whale 3-4 Fin whales […]

Naturalist Notebook

Freaky Funny Feeding

Individual whales can be identified based upon certain markings. North Atlantic Right whales are identified by the patterns of rough patches of skin on their heads, called callosities. Fin whales by the swirls of color on their shoulders, called chevrons. Humpback whales, by the pattern on the underside of their tales (or flukes). Just as […]

Right Whales: The Underdogs of the Whale World

Back in the winter of 2015, I worked as an intern for the Center for Coastal Studies’ Right Whale Team. We spent many chilly days aboard the research vessel Shearwater, constantly scanning the horizon for the elusive Right Whale. On one particular day in early spring, we saw that distinct V-shaped blow. “Right Whale, 9 […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – August 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016

This week, the numbers of finback whales between Race Point and the Station have continued to increase.  They have continued to feed, sometimes lunging at the surface and sometimes beneath it.  But their dispersal has been evolving.  At first, most of the finbacks were moving around on their own, but as the weeks have progressed, […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – August 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016

I think the best way to describe the week’s whalewatching, this week, is to tell you about a couple of the trips I was the naturalist on.  Let’s start with Saturday morning, August 13. The day starts sunny and bright.  There is a light breeze but the air is warm.  The water in the harbor […]

Naturalist’s Notebook – August 06, 2016 to August 12, 2016

On Saturday, August 6, we were, alas, unable to repeat the experiment from the past two weeks.  That was because the finback whales were far closer in than they have been.  We started seeing finwhales off the Herring Cove bathhouse.  It was so early in the trip, in fact, that I had to explain to […]