Last April, I had an amazing early-season whale watching experience which I shared here on the blog. The weather was amazing this week so I thought I’d try a late season trip. Cape Ann Whale Watch had a spot available, so off I went, wondering how this trip might go.
You never know what you are going to get, but when you are in good hands, there’s a decent chance you’ll have a memorable experience. Captain Johnny, Jamie (naturalist), Nancy (educator), Dylan and Connor (crew) came through with flying colors!
The highlight of the trip for me was the mother and calf humpbacks putting on quite a show of whale behavior for us: most spectacularly lob tailing and pec/fin slapping. The mother humpback slapped the water with her tail probably a dozen times in quick succession. The loud noise this created must have rung the ears of that calf like a bell! Impressively, the calf was slapping the water with its fin as though it was trying to imitate mom. Jamie informed us scientists aren’t sure why these behaviors occur but it was fascinating regardless.
Perhaps if you live on Cape Ann, you haven’t taken this trip in a while, but you really should consider one sometime soon!