NYC0081 and 50 Dolphins
What a day yesterday! Light winds and near flat conditions. Water temps are up in the high 60’s, the water was a beautiful green/blue and clear.
We met up with NYC0081 and right away its apparent it is NYC0081 because it has a unique fluke. The fluke is curved up on both sides, it stands out from all the others I have seen.
When you spend day after day with the same whales you start to pick up on how they move and act. The last time I met up with 81, It was going nuts with peduncle throws, lobtailing and a few breaches. Today, 81 did the same exact moves.
What’s cool about 81, is how it travels or swims, 81 likes to stay just under the surface of the water. Where you can’t see the whale, but its footprints and movements show up on the surface of the water giving away its direction and position. The whale moves around a lot, it crisscrosses its own path and doubles back doing 180 turns in a very small turn radius. Deep dives happen with 81, staying down for over 10 minutes at a time. With the deep dives, the whale gets some distance from the boat and in the other direction than you think it will be. You think it’s on the right…Nope, it’s on the left. This caused almost all on the boat to miss the three breaches 81 performed.
The peduncle throws are just amazing to see! It takes so much energy to perform these actions, after about the 20th time you can see the whale was starting to get fatigued. It transition to upside-down lobtailing and that went on for about 15minutes!
Dolphins came into the mix half way through the trip, a small pod approximately 50 Dolphins. The dolphins didn’t disappoint, in the pod are some very young dolphin calves and they were playful. If Dolphins are your thing this year is shaping up to be a very good Dolphin watching year on the AP.
It was time to go, great day meeting up with NYC0081, the 50 Dolphins. What an incredible day out on the American princess cruises with Gotham Whale!!!