Black Heart, #3540, surfaces with mud on her head. Photo: Meagan Moeyaert
On September 2, we did get to witness our first Surface Active Group (SAG) of the season. Although it was brief and consisted of only three whales, it was good to see some socialization and for us to get in shape for any larger SAGs that we might see later in the month.
Legs, #1170, lifts his head high out of the water, possible producing "gunshot" noises.
Photo: Amy Knowlton
Aside from playful calves and socializing adult right whales, we have witnessed some really amazing humpback behaviors, like breaching and bubble feeding. We've also seen a variety of other species, including a bowhead whale, finback, minke and sperm whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoise, white-sided dolphins, blue sharks, basking sharks and ocean sunfish.
A humpback filters out water from the fish it just rounded up through use of a bubble net. The white flipper is visible under the water. Photo: Marianna Hagbloom
We've been stuck on land recently because of the high winds and rain we experienced from the outskirts of Tropical Storm Leslie and a few other weather systems. We hope that our next day out on the water will be tomorrow, September 12. Maybe all that wind blew some right whales in our direction!