|Diablo. Do you see her scar?|
We spotted a blow in the distance and found a slowly traveling humpback whale that we identified as a female named Diablo. Diablo is a type 5 humpback with a very dark fluke and was in the area with a calf last year. Tegan, our research intern, recognized her by a scar next to her dorsal fin on the right side.
Diablo is reluctant to show her fluke when she dives, but we were able to get a few pictures of the underside today to confirm her identity during the trip. Diablo began taking longer dives and changing direction – a sign she was sub-surface feeding. She gave the passengers great close-to-boat looks and surprised us all with a huge tail breach, slapping the surface and showing off her dark fluke. We finished the trip with a pair of finbacks deep feeding that we found right before we had to turn back to Boston. There were a few other large whales spotted from a distance – possibly another finback and one or two solo humpbacks.
Diving gannets and some harbor porpoise showed up today as well, which is a good indication of food in the area.