DAY 5 – May 15 – A Whale of a Time!
When I was at Wood’s Seafood yesterday, I asked about Captain John’s Whale Watching Tour, located right next to the restaurant. They highly recommended it, so I called and made a reservation for this morning on the 8:30 tour…the only one scheduled for the day.
I was up early at the hotel, had a bite to eat and coffee, and headed down to the dock. I found easy parking so I was at the boat by 8:15, with about 6 other folks…and waited around, and waited, and waited while maybe 50 more adults and kids slowly wandered down the dock. Finally, at 9:20 they let us board the boat, we cast off and we were headed twenty miles out into the Atlantic Ocean to the reef where the whales like to feed.
It took about an hour, but it was a beautiful, sunny and cool morning. It’s a great day for a boat ride. Then the Naturalist on board pointed out that the bow of the boat is called twelve o’clock, like a clock has 12 at top center. A short while later she announced on the PA “there’s a whale at two o’clock” and everybody rushed in front of me to that side of the boat. I saw a tiny bit of black whale hump. Every sighting was announced, and the naturalist kept up a running dialog of information. With all of their electronics gear, they are able to identify each whale by name…maybe the whales have a tracking device attached. I also saw a large number of porpoises swimming beside and across in front of the boat. Long story short(er), the naturalist told us on the trip back that we had “contact” with over 50 different whales, at least 15 Humpback, 16 or 17 Minke, and a few other assorted smaller whales. It was a lot of fun.
I could not get a good photo with everyone rushing to whatever rail was closest to that sighting, so I put my camera away and just enjoyed seeing so many whales so close…some within 25 feet of the boat as we quietly idled among them. We even saw a number of them “blow” the water out of their blow-hole (or whatever that’s called). After two hours, we returned to Plymouth, another one-hour ride. Nice day! It was well worth the $45.00 I paid.