I was born and raised in New Hampshire where I still live today. Growing up I had a strong love for animals and nature in general. I was also a water bug and loved to be in or near water as much as I could. So, it made perfect sense to combine my love for animals and water by going on my first whale watch way back in 2001. Little did I know what I was getting myself into when I stepped onto that boat for the first time!
My first whale watch was in July 2001. It was an unusual weather day considering it was July. It was cold, raw, windy, and the ocean was very choppy which didn’t exactly make for an enjoyable ride offshore for first time whale watchers, but still I was on the boat and I was very excited to be looking for my “first ever” whale. It took quite a while, but eventually we did find a whale. It was announced that it was a Humpback Whale, but unfortunately for us she was taking really long dives and her patterns were very unpredictable which made it a challenge to get a good, close look. Eventually though we did get close enough for the naturalist onboard to identify her as an adult female named Pinball. If you’ve ever been whale watching out on Jeffrey’s Ledge or Stellwagen Bank before chances are pretty good you’ve at least heard of her if you haven’t seen her for yourself. She’s very popular and is still seen very regularly throughout the feeding season. To this day I still keep my eye out for her in sightings logs just to make sure she’s alive and well.
Even though that first trip was successful in that we found a whale, it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. When you look at those whale watching brochures and see photos of the whales feeding and breaching, well… that’s what I wanted to see! I knew that there was a lot more to be seen and I was determined to see it all. So I kept going… and going… and going… and going…
The 2018 season is my 18th season of whale watching and my love and passion for these animals is just as strong, if not stronger, than it was early on. Every trip is truly a new adventure and you never know what you’re going to see. I’ve been fortunate enough to see some very rare species like Sperm Whales and Blue Whales and I’ve also made the trip down to Silver Bank (the breeding and calving grounds for our Humpbacks) a few times to snorkel with them. Please be sure to check out the “Silver Bank” page for more info and photos on that. I’ve also met some amazing people throughout my journey. I have to say that whale people are the best and they make up some of my best friends and favorite people.
It’s my hope that the love and passion that I have for these animals shows through my photography. These animals never cease to amaze me and I absolutely love being to share my photos of them.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I hope you enjoy the photos. Please feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you!
Pinball, the whale that started it all for me in 2001, although this photo is from the 2010 season.
An adult male Humpback Whale, who was traveling with a mom and calf pair, showing off its acrobatic abilities on Silver Bank in 2018.
An adult female Humpback Whale was engaging in some courtship behavior with an adult male took the time to come check me, and other snorkelers, out on Silver Bank in 2017.
"We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? - a world without whales. It's too terrible to imagine." ~ Pierce Brosnan