Whale Watching

On Saturday, we drove out to Gloucester with our friends Brian and Ashley for a whale watching trip! We had coupons for tickets to Cape Ann Whale Watch. Gloucester is about an hour north of Boston, so we rented a Zipcar and drove out there. Our boat departed around 1:30. Though it had been gloomy and raining all week, the sun came out and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful ride.

We went out to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, and came upon a group of Humpback whales! There was a juvenile that kept breaching out of the water so we could see at least half of its body. We followed a mother they called Nile with her calf and and another whale. Mostly they would surface and blow air and water out of their blowholes, doing this a few times before finally diving back under, giving us great views of their tails. But right when we arrived, and just when we had to leave, they rolled over on their backs and slapped the water loudly with their fins. The guide said this seems to be a form of communication. As we rode away, Nile was repeatedly slapping the water with her tail. It was a really fun experience, and something totally new for us!

 

2 Responses to “Whale Watching”

  1. Mom & Dad F. says:

    What beautiful pictures! Please save any future coupons, JUST IN CASE we’re there and can try this! Love, Dad and Mom F.

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