Today aboard the 10am whale excursion we joined the Sanctuary for an inquire along southern Stellwagen Bank, and were jovial upon arrival of ten humpback whales monopolizing these Atlantic hunting grounds. We were intrigued by the duo of Pele and Bristle, an association seen gallivanting last year at a similar point in the feeding season. These leviathans crossed paths with a second association of Pivot and “15BH123,” a humpback we first encountered in 2015, who has yet to matched to any official catalogue. Pivot evacuated plumes of feces several times, which engulfed two complacent gray seals who lulled in our boat wash. The trip was concluded with the arrival of Venom, Crinkle, and the maternal pairing of Hancock and calf, who showered our bow riders with pungent exhalation whilst passing our pulpits!

humpback surfacing with people on boat looking
Hancock breathes on lucky passengers

We returned to Stellwagen Bank for the 2:30 pm excursion aboard the Cetacea, and were victorious in finding whales south of midbank. We reconvened with Pele and Bristle, who had traveled northward amidst four minute dives. These comrades, clad in cetacean rubber, were unconcerned with our intellectual gaze as they swam under our vessel for an abrupt southern heading. They doubled back to the north in a rather theatric fashion, as Bristle breached from the seas in a thunderous exclamation of vivacity!  We were honored to spend our hours in such company, and we hope for future whiskered companions, be they whale or pinniped.

— Rich and Sam

More pictures from today’s whale watch

hancock fluke
Hancock's fluke
three humpbacks swim by
Three whales swim by
bristle's fluke
Bristle's fluke
whale poop
A sure sign of a good meal — whale poop
gray seal swimming
A swim by from a gray seal
gray seal swimming
Gray seal
bristle the humpback breaching
A parting breach from Bristle