Saturday May 5th. One "NEW" Humpback #NYC0078 aka "CINCO" and 70 Dolphin
May 5th the first Whale Watch for Gotham Whale on the American Princess Cruises in the 2018 Whale Watching season. The ocean conditions were perfect with light variable winds and a 5-foot ground swell. A small crowd on hand but they made up for it with enthusiasm.
We pushed off at noon and headed out to sea. We came upon a small pod of dolphins off Rockaway and before we knew it there was two other Dolphin Pods meeting up with the small pod. An estimated Dolphin count was at 70. They hung around the boat for about a little while and then we saw a whale off in the distance and went to investigate.
We met up with this solo humpback Whale, it did not look familiar right-of-the-bat. I knew we had a new whale to NYC waters, no need to look at the 77 flukes we have in the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog. The whale was in a mellow mood, must have just finished feeding in the area and was taking a break. It took some deep, long dives and by doing that exposed its fluke a few times and that’s just what I need to get a good shot of its Fluke for Identification.
The Whale has healed rope scars on its body, peduncle stock and its fluke. This whale has been entangled and has shook it off on its own or had help getting disentangled. I can’t give you the percentages, but I would say many of the whales we see have had run ins with some sort of fishing gear or a boat collision.
Looking closer at the fluke of this whale it is true, we have never seen this fluke before. Now I know the number this whale is getting #NYC0078 but not the nickname. Before we pushed off, Capt. Tom said if we see a new whale we need to name it “CINCO”! Ahhh I love it, and makes perfect sense, for the day of the first Whale Watch of the season kicking off on “CINCO DE MAYO”. SO, the new whale gets a number in the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog as #NYC0078 and a nickname “Cinco” as per captains’ orders.
We stayed with Cinco the Humpback as long as we could and had to turn back, our time was up.
The inaugural Whale and Dolphin cruise saw 70 dolphins and one Humpback Whale, a great day out on the AP with GW.