I had an incredible day offshore with 7 Seas Whale Watch out of Gloucester, MA. In total, we saw approximately a dozen Humpback Whales including 4 calves! The moms that we saw today were Bounce, Perseid, Scratch, and Venom. It was Venom's calf who captured our hearts by breaching repeatedly during the morning trip. This young whale had a lot of bottled up energy to get rid of and we just so happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness it.
Our afternoon trip was quite different. The whales were much more relaxed and were moving around in search of food. With that said, it wasn't even the whales that stole the show on this trip. Our captain made the decision to go check out a couple of whales who were feeding at the surface, but as our luck would have it, the feeding stopped before we arrived. Had he not made the decision to give it a shot though, we never would've stumbled upon the incredibly rare sighting of a Leatherback Sea Turtle! As an ocean lover, I love all marine creatures including sharks and turtles. In my 20 years of whale watching, this was my first ever wild sea turtle sighting. Needless to say I was over the moon excited! I'm so thankful that our captain tried his luck and headed in that direction... and he was pretty happy about the outcome too! We all were really!
Here are some photos from these two trips.
~ July 29, 2020 ~
What an incredible day to be on the water! I'm still feeling rather speechless. On our morning trip, the story of the trip was Cajun and Pele. Both whales were very surface active, especially Pele. In total we saw well over a dozen breaches between the pair and even some flipper slapping courtesy of Pele.
As good as the morning trip was, it couldn't compare to the afternoon trip. Not only did we find another new mom and calf pair when we came across Doric and her calf, but we also saw a Great White Shark! Unfortunately, my photos of the shark didn't come out very well, but our captain was able to get some great shots which have been posted on the 7 Seas Face book. In my 20+ years of whale watching, this was my first ever Great White sighting. Before whales, sharks were my first love so this sighting was very special to me and I'm so thankful that I can now say that I've seen my first!
As for the whales, Doric and calf were incredible too! Just as we turned to go visit with a larger group of whales Doric began breaching followed by her calf. This activity went on for several minutes and included tail breaches, lobtailing, and even an amazing double breach! I've been after a double breach photo for years and I can now check that off my list too. I'm still amazed and on cloud 9 over today. The whales of course deserve some credit too, but I can't imagine having these incredible sightings on any other boat! I highly recommend 7 Seas Whale Watch out of Gloucester, MA. The Privateer IV is without question the BEST boat to watch the whales!
Here are some photos from these two trips.
~ July 25, 2020 ~
Tonight 7 Seas Whale Watch held a special sunset cruise that I just couldn't pass up. It was an absolutely incredible experience! There were whales everywhere, but two of them in particular really stole the show by breaching repeatedly, mainly Echo's 2014 calf who has yet to be given a proper name.
ater on in the trip we came across another special sighting in the form of Crystal. This whale is the first documented calf of the infamous Salt. Crystal doesn't normally spend very much time in this area so it's always a special occasion when he's around. That plus the fact that he decided to do not one, but two full spinning head breaches really added to the excitement of his presence.
Here are some photos from this trip.
Whale Watching on the Feeding Grounds
I go whale watching out of Gloucester, MA with 7 Seas Whale Watch. I really cannot recommend them highly enough. This is a family owned and operated company that takes great pride in making sure that every passenger gets the best sightings that they can possibly get. They’re not afraid of going that extra mile to make sure that every trip is as memorable as it can be for everyone onboard. The crew is friendly and knowledgeable about the local area as well as the whales. The boat, the Privateer IV, is very well kept and clean. It's a very comfortable boat to be on as well. I've been on many whale watching boats throughout my whale watching journey and I have to say that the Privateer IV is my favorite one. So, if you’re ever in the area and looking to on a whale watch, I highly recommend checking them out!
Two hungry Humpbacks bubble feeding. Photographed Sat, 5/19/18
A Sei Whale skim feeding at the surface. Photographed Sat, 5/6/18
Pleats feeding off the bow. Photographed Sat, 7/1/18 (PM trip)
Whale Watching on the Breeding Grounds
The whale watching that I do on the breeding grounds is completely different from whale watching on the feeding grounds. It requires traveling to the Dominican Republic and staying on a live aboard yacht for an entire week as we’re anchored 70+ miles offshore on Silver Bank. The reason that I chose this option is because you not only get to watch the whales as you would on a typical whale watch, but you’re also given the incredible opportunity to snorkel with them!
The guide that I go with is Conscious Breath Adventures and much like 7 Seas Whale Watch, I cannot recommend them highly enough. The office staff is a tremendous help organizing travel to and from the airport as well booking hotel rooms if needed. The crew aboard the live aboard yacht are amazing people as well. You’re treated like family the second your feet hit the deck and their primary goal is to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible throughout your stay. If you’d like more information about this amazing experience, feel free to check Conscious Breath Adventures out.