We were greeted by Leach's, Band-rumped and Wilson's Stormpetrels in the early morning. These are little birds that can smell fish guts and shark liver oil from miles away (that's what we use as chum). Here is Band-rumped in flight.
|Wilson's Stormpetrel with chum|
|Sperm Whale blow|
One Sperm Whale sighting is amazing but as we turned our attention to the other side of the boat, we saw 6 more whales blowing to the left. Wow. We were actually in the midst of a pod of females and calves! I tried video where you can see 2 whales diving.
I know, I know - "whoooaaa". I wanted to provide commentary but when they dove, all I could say is whoooaaaa.
Whales weren't the only mammal surprise. We also encountered 2 pods of dolphins that are rare for the area. These are called Pantropic Spotted Dolphins and are usually found much farther south than Jersey. Boy did they put on a show. No video, but I got some pretty good photos. They really like to jump out of the water.
|Pantropic Spotted Dolphins|
|Jumping the wake!|
|Pink and spotty|
|Greater and Cory's Shearwaters|
|Yummy, salty moth|