Whales and Seabirds at Stillwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Last Week I went whale watching on a New England Aquarium whale watching trip run by Boston Harbor Cruises.  I was with NOAA Stillwagen Bank NMS and Mass Audubon staff.  We had a wonderful trip counting seabirds and saw several Humpback Whales.  The weather was perfect – calm and sunny.

DSC_3788 DSC_3862 Above Cory’s ShearwaterDSC_3808 DSC_3809 DSC_3810 Above Sooty ShearwaterDSC_3858 DSC_3860 DSC_4014 DSC_4015 DSC_4016 DSC_4017 Above several shots of Great ShearwaterDSC_3877 Humpback WhaleDSC_3878 Above – Humpback whale breachingDSC_3892 Below several photos of two whales together – one is tail slapping and the other is flipper slapping – DSC_3903 DSC_3904 DSC_3906 DSC_3913 DSC_3915 DSC_3919 Below are several examples of whale tail flukes out of the water before slapping down on the water – wonderful to see.DSC_3923 DSC_3932 DSC_3938 DSC_3939 DSC_3940 DSC_3942 DSC_3943 DSC_3944 DSC_3945 DSC_3950 Flipper slapping – DSC_3985 Fluke damaged by boat propeller – sober reminder of dangers whales faceDSC_4006Another whale fluke with a piece missing after being hit by boat propeller.DSC_4011A plastic balloon floating on the water in the Sanctuary – such a danger to many marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds.

DSC_4020 New England Aquarium Whale WatchingDSC_4034Boston in the distance with the Harbor Islands National park in front

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