2018-06-02 5 Humpbacks and 50+ Dolphins off Rockaway
Calm seas, light winds and reports of Whales and Dolphins off all NY beaches. Looks like it will be a good day out on American Princess Cruises' newest addition to the fleet, the “ATLANTIC PEARL.”
We headed out of Breezy and quickly came upon a Humpback Whale. It was a mellow humpback, maybe it was sleepy or sleeping (but it was not logging)? This whale had a routine- it was a few quick breaths on the surface followed by a long dive, and that happened a few times. We stayed with it, watching to see if it was going to wake up and it did not. Off in the distance there was another blow and then a breach. We now have another whale in the area and we speed over to investigate.
This second whale was lively and feeding. It did a couple of Lunge feedings and a tail slap. What’s cool about this second whale is that it was letting air slowly out of its blow holes as it was swimming. You could follow the whale by the bubble stream it was making. Staying very close to the surface then diving 20ft-40ft all the while letting air out. NOW – I have heard some people (well respected people) say on the boat that this whale was “Bubble Net Feeding” - it is/was not. I have been watching Whales here in NYC/LI since 2012 and I have never seen Humpback Whales here in NYC waters actually do “Bubble net feeding.” WHY? Because there is no need for the humpbacks to bubble net feed in NYC waters! The Bunker Fish are so thick in numbers around here it’s a waste of their time and the whales and I know this!!! That’s why, in NYC…it’s all lunge feeding.
As we were on this Humpback a pod of 40-50+ dolphins came by. The dolphins were in every direction and in the mix were days-old dolphin calves. These were so young you could see the fetal folds on the baby dolphins and I have to say they were incredibly cute. The ohhhs and ahhhs from the people on the boat were in unison when the little dolphins popped their heads up to get air. The dolphin show was a very good one but there was another blow-- a third blow. That makes 3 humpbacks so far, and we went to check it out.
So, it turns out there were two whales somewhat close to each other, it was Whale # 1 again and Whale #3. The 3rd whale was too far away from the boat, so we are now back with Whale number 1 and it woke up. As we were with whale #1 and #3, whale #2 was still in view and we saw two more blows way off.
It was getting late, time to turn back to port. We were out of time and could not investigate who whale #3, #4 and #5 were but still a very successful day. The count for today is 5 Humpbacks and 50+ Dolphins and another successful whale and dolphin watch on AP Cruises with Gotham Whale.
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