Welcome to Snails to Whales, Bruce Berman's Boston Harbor blog focused on both the little and the big things that make Boston Harbor such an extraordinary place to live, work and play.
It is also a place for my Boston University students and my colleagues at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay to share their work and experiences.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
My first whale watch was fun, but interesting the boat ride was long and
on the way I found out what it was like to get sea sick. I noticed
that the water got greener the further we got out to sea or out side
Boston harbor, into the Mass bay. The young ladies aboard the boat
explained the water was green because of the algae in the water. The
young ladies said the we would be stopping where the whale usually feed
around this time of the year. She went on explaining what kind of whales
are usually spotted in and around this area. Humpback, Finback, Minke and Pilot whales she explained about the sex of the
whales,that their was no way to identify the sex of the whales, just
that if they see a baby, it was a sure thing that there was a female
around since they care for the babies. The whales we saw Friday where both males, one was called Northstar and Hippocampus.
photo courtesy credit CPE
they where both humpback whales. She explained that humpback whales are
baleen, which mean they fitter their food through baleen plates. Whales
eat crustaceans, like krill, anchovies, mackerel.The larger humpback
whale had a huge scare on it's back, I believe she said it was from a
boating accident that was healing well. I found out that we could spot
where a whales was by looking for a cloud of mist coming from the
water,being blown from the hole in the whales head, which is called the
blowhole. I asked the tour guide when she came around asking if we had
any questioning, what where the white spots on the whales skin and tail
she told me they where barnacles. Which I thought only grew on clams,
rocks,and other things that didn't move fast. I got too see and hold a
whale vertebrae abroad on the trip also. Overall the experience was
life changing, I felt again I had learn something new and was glad to
share my experience with my family.