Both whales were taking fluking dives and spent about five minutes under water. Their dives lasted a little longer when we saw them in the afternoon—they were quite possibly feeding deeper in the water column! We name humpback whales for the patterns on their tails and sometimes it can be very easy to see why a whale got its name and sometimes, like Hippocampus, it can be really hard. Hippocampus is a part of the brain but it is also the genus for the seahorses. If you look closely at the bottom right of Hippocampus’ fluke you might because to see a black mark that looks a little like a seahorse. A stretch? Maybe but naming whales is tricky business and with some many whales named already we have to get more and more creative.
|Hippocampus dorsal fin|
All in all it was lovely to see that these two individuals have spent so much time together recently.
— Tegan & Grace
Today on board the Asteria we travelled to the Northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank! After a bit of searching we happened upon two familiar humpbacks. It turned out to be Northstar and Hippocampus.
Throughout the trip, they surfaced together, however on a few occasions they surfaced separately. They were taking 5-8 minute dives today. Towards the end of the trip, Hippocampus started making bubble rings.
Unfortunately Northstar’s injury is still pretty prevalent. Some of the kids on board were very interested in this injury. One younger passenger in particular thought it would be a good idea if his dad got jets for their boat instead of propellers! Overall it was a beautiful sunny day out on the water!