|Reaper and her calf|
We spent most of the trip with Reaper and her calf. Both whales were taking longer dives, around 5 minutes, but we did get some fun rolling from the calf which showed off those huge pectoral fins.
When this calf reaches full size he or she will be in possession of the largest appendages in the animal kingdom. After a few near fluking dives, I finally managed to get a photograph of the underside of this calf’s tail, unlike its mother’s more mottled tail, this little whale will probably have a much lighter tail.
It was a great day on the water with these whales!
On the Aurora we were lucky to find Milkweed and her calf on the southwest side of Stellwagen Bank, close to Provincetown.
|Milkweed's calf's fluke|
Milkweed and her calf were being very cooperative and the calf started rolling right next to our boat and swishing its tail along the surface. Then the calf blew two small bubble clusters that I explained could be an imitation of Milkweed feeding.
|Milkweed and calf|
It is so important for calves to mimic behaviors of its mother so when the calf is alone next year, it will be able to eat on its own. There were a number of different bird species seen today and since we were right near Provincetown we were able to find a harbor seal! Passengers were able to get a great look at it as it came pretty close to our boat. It was a beautiful day out on the water today and we were able to get wonderful views of Milkweed and her calf!