Saturday, June 10th 2017. 2 Humpback Whales off Deal NJ on the AP with GW. NYC0057
Saturday June 4th 2017th. Wave Heights – 2-3ft, Water Temp - 63, Wind – South, Speed – 10-20+, Air Temp 80 felt like 60 with wind. Cloud Cover - light.
Whales seen – TWO Humpback Whales
It was a productive whale watch on the American Princess with Gotham Whale. The AP has been packed lately and was sold out but everyone had a seat and when we saw whales a spot at the rail.
No two whale watches are the same, on the rare occasion you see nothing but 90% of the time we do see whales. Even when you see whales their activity level can range from lethargic to very active and anywhere in between.
Today we charged out of Breezy on a whale watching quest that took us down off Jersey around the town of Deal. We got a tip there was a feeding whale in that area and went down to meet her. As soon as we got to that area, up towards the beach we see a blow, and we have a Humpback Whale at 2:19pm. After a few blows I can tell this whale just finished feeding and was taking a break, it was not logging but definitely resting. This whale was all over the map, it was close one minute, the next it was way down the beach. It was very hard to keep tabs on because after a blow it stayed down for longer than we normally see. We are used to 2-5minute dives, this whale was at 5-10+ minute dives.
After spending time photographing this humpback it is starting to look familiar. This Humpback has been through some hard times with entanglements. From these entanglements the whale has a few standout white scars and markings that make identifying this whale easy. I have no fluke for this whale but know I can ID this whale without a fluke [maybe we will get one at a later time] from these scars and markings on the Left Dorsal, Right Dorsals and on the Peduncle. Because of this, I can ID this whale and it gets a number in the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog as “NYC0057.”
We stayed with NYC0057 for an hour and started back to see if we encountered another whale. We were off the Highlands and we see Humpback Whale #2. We are not with the whale a minute and it starts to lungefeed and the passengers on the AP go nuts, this is what they came for. The humpback did a few more lungefeedings and as much as we hate to leave an active whale, the AP has a schedule and dock full of people ready for their Ferry ride to Manhattan and we have to go.
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