September 15th, 2014

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Some Whales near Provincetown

Last week I went on a whale watch with coworkers, and we got three whales close to us for about an hour; they dove for about ten minutes at a time and then came up for a few minutes, so we saw them six times. New England Aquarium has a blog post about our trip with photos of their three flukes. They were humpbacks named Bayou, Pele, and Pepper. Apparently Pepper was the second humpback whale named, after Salt. Both Salt and Pepper were named in 1976, near Provincetown, which is where we were on this excursion as well, so we saw Pepper very close to where she was named 38 years ago.

In my video clips you can see tail flukes from two of them diving:



Bayou lost a portion of her tail in a propeller strike a few years ago. You can see the injury when she dives, near the beginning of the video.