Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mid-Spring Whale Watch Voyage

Saturday afternoon we went out on the Privateer IV for a whale watching trip. The Gloucester boats go out to the Stellwagen Bank located in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This is located between Gloucester and Cape Cod. The currents bring nutrients from deep down up to the surface. The rich soup supports a food chain from the tiniest plants up to the planet’s largest animals.

This was the Privateer IV’s second trip out this year. The whale activity is excellent and the numbers show promise for a great whale watching season. You can hop a whale boat out of Gloucester during the weekends. In the summer season, the whale boats will go out twice a day, seven days per week.

Click on the Cape Ann Vacations link and find out how easy it is to do this. Each of the Gloucester whaling fleet will take good care of you.

I know many of my readers are birders, so bring your field guides and get some pelagics on your life lists.



Here are some of my favorites from the day.
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If you like whale pictures, you should see my whales from last year! I have pictures of them feeding.

32 comments:

J Bar said...

Awesome shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Guy D said...

Wow Steve those are awesome shots. We saw some of those when we were in Cabo last year for xmas.

Cheers
Guy
Regina In Pictures

James said...

Incredible shots! After seeing this post i'm going to add whale watching to my must do list.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Amazing action shots, in such crystal clarity. It must have been incredible to be there to see hear and feel it.

Bryan said...

This is one thing I hope to see one day. Excellent captures.

Craig Glenn said...

OK Steve now you're just showing off! I mean wow, what amazing shots. So glad you had such an incredibable journey. I hope to have one someday!

Craig Glenn

Tricia said...

WoW! Great shots!

Kelly said...

Wow! Their immense size is spellbinding. I'd love to see them that close some day. Love that splashing water!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

This is fantastic Steve. What a great trip.

Dale Forbes said...

those shots are incredible! well done, it is always so hard to know where exactly they are going to come up.

In July/Aug I will be back in south africa for the peak of the whale migration (& 100,000 dolphins on the sardine run!) so I am also hoping to get a couple of shots

Dale
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Chris said...

Hi Steve,
Wow very impressive, you are lucky that they were showing off like that. Here the humpback whales are usually coming to feed and they do not show off like this. I've seen many of them and was only able to get pictures of their tails. No pictures of breaching behaviour!!!! I'm happy you got this nice day, after all, life is not only bird ;-)

Tulip said...

i am so impressed with your entries. how i wish i could see these whales swimming around the deep blue ocean. your entry is very excellent. greak job, just keep it up.

MJ said...

Wonderful shot! You are a great photographer.:)

Kallen305 said...

Awesome shots Steve!! Such a magnificent mammal.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Great shots. Makes me want to go there. Thanks for sharing.

John Theberge said...

Fantastic photos, it really must've been impressive to see the breaching right in front of you. I've never seen anything like it, you captured it well.

VALKYRIEN said...

Oh my goodness! What fantastic shots! And what an experience that must have been! I am green in my face in envy!

That is a powerful mammal - and powerful shots!

VALKYRIEN said...

No I have seen the video too. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this, Steve!

mimi said...

this is a humpback whale slapping the surface with its tail. i love seeing these pictures with the whale enjoyed their swim. watery wednesday indeed.

Tabib said...

Very beautiful diversion from the usual birds and lighthouse.

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful photographs! One of my best days was spent whale watching with Allied Whale from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbour Maine. With naturalists, ornithologists, and marine biologists on board it was such a wonderful day of watching and learning. Your photographs bring back such good memories of that day although we saw mostly Rights and Minkes.

The Early Birder said...

Truely amazing spectacle. Thanks for sharing your experience with these great beasts Steve.

mitt vattenhål said...

Great photos!!
Wish I could get that close to a whale sometimes

2sweetnsaxy said...

Hold on, I'm picking my jaw up off the floor. :-) These are... amazing! You must be really proud of these. Me and my little camera would have probably missed most of these. Funny, your favorite shots were also mine in the video clip. Loved it! Thank you sooo much for sharing it.

bettyl said...

Wow! I'm so jealous of the whale photos! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

Greyscale Territory said...

What a stunning display of a wild creature's power in action! Awesome shots! What an experience to see this!

Roy said...

Super stunning images Steve.

Ginnymo said...

What awesome photos!! What a great sight to see. I never got the opportunity to do that. Almost one time back in 1990 when I was in Boston and Cape Cod. Wish I had now. Great slide show too Steve!! Thank you!!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

It makes a difference when you see them at a very close range and be able to catch sight of them with your lenses. My friends and I being short on time, only managed to watched them at a distance that they looked like dots on the horizon. We saw them frolicking doing all aquatic maneuvers as shown in your photos predominated by the thick clouds of water splashes.

Eve said...

Fantastic Steve! I've been lucky enough to have been out there years ago off Cape Cod to see whales, however nothing like this!

I'm sad to say my new DSL is not as fast as my sprint broadband..:-(
It takes a lot longer to load these beautiful pictures now! I love the fog shots and the boats too! I've missed a lot since I've been moving!

Denise said...

Mere words cannot describe how I feel about these photos Steve. Absolutely stunning! May I ask how far away you were when you took these photos and what kind of a zoom do you have? My one and only whale watching trip was a bit dissappointing as the whales we saw were soooooooooooooo far away. My biggest zoom is a 300.

matthew houskeeper said...

Incredible!!!!
Nice work.

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