Jul 252014

water off the tail fin (with tug boat)
water off the tail fin (with tug boat)

Whale watching trip on a glorious July day, heading out of Plymouth Harbor on a four-hour tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Saw an incredible number of Humpback Whales (more than on any other whale watch I’ve been on, and I’ve been on a few).

Humpback whales often feed by skimming the surface of the water, open-mouthed, capturing small fish, krill and other zooplankton by filtering them through their baleen.

Here are a few shots from the whale watch, including shots of a Humpback blow hole, an exhaling Humpback blowing spray, and Humpbacks diving and filter feeding (and attracting gulls and other sea birds to feast on any leftovers).  Full set on Flickr.

I also got a few good shots of sea birds and ducks.
take off