a Humpback and 100 Dolphins
A perfect day out on the water today Partly Cloudy, 72 degrees with SW winds 5 to 10 kt, waves 1 ft or less.
A good crowd out on the “Atlantic Pearl” the American Princess Cruises second whale watching boat. We charged out of breezy and headed South. We were a good 7 miles out and met up with a lively pod of Dolphins. They were feeding and playing around and a few little ones in the Pods. The crowd loved the dolphins, many ohhhs and ahhhs but we got a call on a Humpback and we went in search for the whale.
We met up with a lazy humpback whale about a mile from the dolphins. This whale was in-between feedings and didn’t want to be bothered by a whale watching boat. The whale would take a few breaths and then dive deep for like 10 minutes at a time. 10 Minutes is a long time waiting for whale to come up and take a breath! The whale did this like 5 times, we were a good distance out to sea and it was time to turn back.
We were right at the mouth of the Breezy Jetty, almost home and the Captain makes a hard right. I was thinking “What’s going on here, we got some more action?” Why yes, yes, we do, another pod of Dolphins. These dolphins were very close to the beach. Like, in the surf 20 feet from the beach close. Very playful and not afraid of the big boat, they came right up to us and that doesn’t happen often. When the dolphins were close I did I noticed that there were some newborn calves in the pod that’s always great to see.
The Captain called out “IT’S TIME TO GO” and we headed back to Riis landing. Todays count was about 100 Dolphin and 1 deep diving Humpback Whale. Another successful Whale Watch by the great folks at the American Princess Cruses