Friday, September 24, 2010

Whale watch

As we headed back towards shore a cloud front was starting to roll in.

In mid-September Jacqui and I went on a whale watch with Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye NH. The guides were very informative and pleasant to talk with about marine biology, an area of the natural world I know close to nothing about.

The white strip is very visible in this photo. Apparently they can swim up to 30 mph.

It was beautiful early-fall day, a clear blue sky that stretched forever over the ocean. The trip lasted over 5 hours and we fortunate enough to see a blue shark, a pod of about 50 atlantic white-sided dolphins, which swam all around the boat, extremely fast, close enough to hear them expel air. We were also lucky enough to see an endangered species of whale known as the northern sei whale (I believe that is correct), we also had some great views of a fin whale. Overall it was a wonderful time, and I look forward to doing it again sometime next year.

Passing the Isle of shoals as we head back to shore.

I didn't take very many photos, I was mostly just trying to not miss anything and just experience the trip. But Jacqui took a few more and has some good ones here.

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