What a great start to the
2011 Whale Watching season!! The Common dolphins
put on a great show for us. They were jumping
out of the water and riding on our bow wave a
ton. We saw approximately 250 for the day. We
also saw an ocean sunfish, a Trigger fish and a
400 lb Leatherback sea turtle. We had a
fantastic view of it whole body. On the way back
we also spotted a blue shark.
Today was another fantastic day for
common dolphin sightings. We saw approximately 360
dolphins including a ton of calves. They swam right
next to the Starship and we were able to hear their
clicks and whistles that they make to communicate.
We also saw 3 sea turtles; 2 leatherback and a
loggerhead. On the way back home we spotted a
basking shark and a white marlin eating sand eels.
The white marlin was especially cool because they
are very rare!
Dolphin 2 Leatherback Sea Turtles 1
Loggerhead Sea Turtle 1 Basking Shark 1
White Marlin 140 Greater Shearwaters 75
Wilson's Storm Petrels 50 Corey's Shearwaters
Some Flying fish and some Mahi Mahi
Today was awesome!
We spotted a juvenile humpback whale (35 feet long)
right near the Montauk lighthouse. We stayed with it
for two hours as it swam right next to the Starship.
It breached and did a tail slap which was a real
treat! We also saw a Leatherback sea turtle.
Today we pulled
eight helium balloons out of the ocean and saved who
knows how many sea turtles and dolphins! We had a
brief glimpse of 20 common dolphins before we
reached the lighthouse, but we were unable to stay
with them. Later we saw glimpses of basking shark
and a blue shark. We also saw two trigger fish.
Totals 20 Common Dolphin 1 Basking
Shark 1 Blue Shark 75 Corey's Shearwaters
20 Greater Shearwaters 135 Wilson's Storm Petrels
Sunday July 31, 2011
Dolphins & Sharks!!
fantastic! We saw tons of common dolphins and a few
bottlenose dolphins. We stayed with the dolphins for
hours watching them jump out o the water and ride
the bow wave of the Starship. We also had a glimpse
of a basking shark breach and a great white shark
breach. We saw the Great White breach 3 times! It
280 Common Dolphin 2 Bottlenose Dolphin 1
Basking Shark 1 Great White Shark 20 Greater
Shearwaters 20 Coreys Shearwaters 135 Wilsons
Today we saw 160 Short-beaked common
dolphins. Within this group there were at least 40
calves. They were so small and adorable! It was
great to see the dolphins jumping out of the water
right next to the boat! We also saw a basking shark
Short-Beaked Common Dolphins 1 Basking Shark 5
Greater Shearwaters 10 Coreys Shearwaters 240
Wilson Storm Petrels
Today we made a
valiant effort to find whales, dolphins, porpoises,
sea turtles or anything else- but to no avail. We
covered over 60 nautical miles but all we found were
a lot of balloons (which we picked up) and some