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August 15-17, 2010 at the Great South Channel

15 HUMPBACKS, 15 FIN WHALE, 20 COMMON DOLPHINS, AND THOUSANDS OF PELAGIC BIRDS

The annual Viking Fleet/CRESLI 2010 Great South Channel Whale Watch (our 10th trip in 9 years) was another resounding success! As in every year since 2002, we found quite a few whales (whenever the fog lifted). At times we were surrounded by humpbacks and fin whales, even when we were anchored overnight. The whales were busy feeding at depth and at the surface, on krill and sand eels. Many of the humpbacks were juveniles, and many of the fin whales were cow/calf pairs. 8 of the 15 humpbacks were identified by biologists from the Whale Center of New England, while the others remain to be ID’d. We returned 51 hours after leaving exhausted and exhilarated.

Great South Channel FIN WHALE August 17 2010

We have now encountered 570 humpbacks in our 10 trips to the Great South Channel.  With the assistance of the Whale Center of New England, we have photo-identified 215 different whales during these trips. 


Photo-Gallery of identified humpbacks from all trips 2002-10

Click here to see a list of all humpbacks from CRESLI trips since 2002


August 2010

 Great South Channel  8/15-17 /2010

Cetaceans

Birds

Finback whales (15)

Common dolphins (20)

Humpback whales (20): 

13 UNKNOWNS

7 KNOWN

  • Rainforest

  • Zeppelin's 2009 calf

  • Suspension

  • Eelgrass

  • Scarp

  • Esca

  • Condor


  • Cory's Shearwater 

  • Great Shearwater 

  • Sooty Shearwater

  • Wilson Storm-Petrel

  • Parasitic Jaeger

  • Northern Gannets

  • Herring Gulls

  • Great Black-backed Gulls

  • Common Terns

Click here to see a list of all humpbacks from CRESLI trips since 2002


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