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GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL WHALE WATCH

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July 2003 at the Great South Channel

  • sighting summary
  • detailed list
  • Photos
  • Sighting Summary

    The detailed list of humpback sightings was compiled by Mason Weinrich of  The Whale Center of New England who joined us to help identify individuals.

    Cetaceans
    Birds
    Others
    Humpback Whales: 70+
    click here for detailed list
    Fin whales:  2
    Minke whales: 5
    Sei Whale: 1
    Atlantic White sided dolphins: 40-60
     
    Greater Shearwaters
    Sooty Shearwaters
    Cory's Shearwaters
    Northern Fulmars
    Wilson's Storm Petrels
    Leach's Storm Petrels
    Common Terns
     
    11 basking sharks

    Click on a thumbnail below to view the image from July 20-22,2003

    List of sighted humpbacks:

    July 21, 2003 July 21, 2003 (east of Chatham)  July 22, 2003 (east of Chatham)
    Sabot Duo Compass and calf
    Geometry Tunguska Salt and calf
    Photon Zipper and calf Triad and calf
    Chain and calf Filament Eruption
    Cacophony Zebra Tiara
    14 unknowns Leukos and calf Firefly
    Touch 2 unknowns
    Quote
    Buckshot and calf
    Glo
    Firefly
    Thalassa and calf
    Compass and calf
    Thread
    Tear
    Tiara
    Fragment
    Rocker
    Walrus
    15 unknowns


    August 2003 at the Great South Channel

  • sighting summary
  • detailed list
  • Photos
  • Sighting Summary  and photographs

    The detailed list of humpback sightings was compiled by Cara Pekarcik of  The Whale Center of New England who joined us to help identify individuals.

    Cetaceans
    Birds
    Others
    Humpback Whales: 120
    click here for detailed list
    Fin whales:  5
    Minke whales: 10
    Atlantic White sided dolphins: 50-70
     
    Greater Shearwaters
    Sooty Shearwaters
    Cory's Shearwaters
    Manx Shearwater
    Wilson's Storm Petrels
    Leach's Storm Petrels
    Pomarine Jaegers
    Northern Gannets
    1 basking shark

    List of sighted humpbacks:

    August 18, 2003  August 19, 2003
    Reflection Glo Meteor
    Tunguska Rattan Reflection
    Walrus Compass and calf Filament
    Fulcrum Circuit Giraffe
    Giraffe Meteor Compass and calf
    Pepper and calf Anchor Stonehenge and calf
    Wyoming Tiara 14 unknowns
    Meteor 57 unknowns  
     Click on a thumbnail below to view the image from August 17-19, 2003.

    Minke whale (male)

    Courtesy of Richard Slattery

    note the white scar (probably from entanglement) at the base of the tail stock

    Fulcrum

    note the propeller scars

    lob-tailing

    inverted lob-tailing

    kick feeding

    New calf

    Highly scarred new calf (of Stonehendge)

    Bubble cloud and surface lunge feeding

    bubble cloud

    Clouds of buubles are used to corral prey

    surface lunge

    After blowing bubble clouds or circles, the whale would emerge in the midst of the bubble area.

    surface lunge

    surface lunge

    mouth closing

    lunge feedding

    Note the distended throat, filled with water and food.

    cooperative feeding

     

    August 2002 at the Great South Channel

    Photographs and Sighting Summary

    The thumbnails below are from photographs taken on August 12, 2002.  Subsequently, the photos were sent to Mason Weinrich at The Whale Center of New England for identification. 

    Wizard, 1990 calf of Petrel, female

    Tornado, 1988 calf of Fringe, female

    Parens, 1987 calf of Sod, male

    Alphorn, 1983 calf of Molson, male

    Rattan, first seen in 2000, sex unknown

    Tornado, 1988 calf of Fringe, female

    Canopy, 1998 calf of Valley, sex unknown

    Fragment, 1995 calf of Compass, sex unknown

    Reflection, first seen 1992, female

    match still in progress


    Cetaceans
    Birds
    Humpback Whales: 150+
    Fin whales: ~ 15
    Minke whales: ~7
    ~100 Atlantic White sided dolphins
    ~100 Atlantic White beaked dolphins
    ~ 50 Common dolphins
    Greater Shearwaters: ~3100
    Sooty Shearwaters: ~220
    Cory's Shearwaters: 7
    Manx Shearwaters: 4
    Wilson's Storm Petrels: ~ 860
    Leach's Storm Petrels: 4
    Common Terns: 38
    Northern Gannet 1
    Pomarine Jaeger 1

    Pictures from 2000

    This triad of humpbacks (mother, calf and one other) spent several months in the waters just south and east of Block Island.

    September 1, 2000

    spy hopping This young humpback is spy hopping just next to our vessel. This is the same young individual we have seen since late July, a 24-25 foot, 8-9 month old calf.

    August 11, 2000

    Here is another view of humpbacks that have been feeding in this area for the past two weeks. You can see some breaches and inverted tail slaps by the smallest of the three animals.

    breaching humpback breaching humpback tail slap

    August 5, 2000

    This young humpback, one of the three seen feeding in this area for a week, flipper slapping and tail slapping.

    Mn roll overtail slap

     

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