I awoke this morning to poring rain. AUGH! I packed my bags and headed to Plymouth still leery of meeting Ralph off the back of the boat. We departed for the outer Cape Cod area at 8AM. The trip started off great, but as soon as we exited the harbor the waves started increasing. By 1030 there were 8 to 10 foot swells. The wave action was crazy so were the birds and the whales. We got great action on both accounts. I was fortunate. I didn't even get queasy. I was one of the few people that didn't. People were turning green everywhere.
Here are a couple of the better pics for the day. I can't believe they even came out. The boat was bouncing with the waves. I'm glad there were so many and they got close enough to photograph.
We saw 25 humpbacks, 20 minkies, and one fin back. Numerous birds species too. Here are a few pics from the day.
Northern Gannet (Immature bird-maybe 2 years)
South Polar Skua
(rare bird for New England waters. They are around, but its a treat to see one.
Lifer for me. Wayne Peterson of Mass Audubon made the captain chase this bird down so everyone could see it. The boat did a 360 and was riding the waves fast).
Humpback consuming food
I'm going on another one of these trips in September. Great trip.....just hope the wave action is much less.
More later in the week from my Friday and Saturday trip to Burage Pond in Hanson, MA and Touisett WMA in Warren, RI.