As we made our way towards Stellwagen Bank this afternoon, we were relieved to find that sea conditions had calmed dramatically and temperatures had warmed. The behavior of the humpbacks we found on the northwest corner seemed to mirror that of the ocean. With exception, most animals swam about in a lackadaisical fashion and rested at the surface. Among them was Pele, Bristle, Perseid, Falcon, Cajun, Milkweed, Tornado and her calf.

Humpback whale Othello lobtailing
humpback whale flipper slapping
Humpback whale Othello flipper slapping

The serenity was disrupted, however, by Bristle whose feathers were ruffled when a young juvenile tried to join her and Pele as they rested at the surface. In response, Bristle displayed a series of lobtails until the young humpback continued on its way.

As our whale watch neared the end, a humpback named Othello caught our attention from about a mile away with a series of breaches which were followed by countless lobtails and flipper slaps. Despite the success of our trip up until this point, Othello’s percussive outbursts was the icing on the cake for our excited passengers.

Tasia

humpback whale tail lobbing
Bristle lobtailing

As our whale watch neared the end, a humpback named Othello caught our attention from about a mile away with a series of breaches which were followed by countless lobtails and flipper slaps. Despite the success of our trip up until this point, Othello’s percussive outbursts was the icing on the cake for our excited passengers.

Tasia

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