Thank you for a Wonderful 2021 Season
Our season ended with humpback whales busily feeding and flirting as they ready for the 1600 mile migration to their breeding grounds in the Caribbean. Further afield, sightings of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are beginning to arrive. The ocean never rests and neither does our commitment to providing the Finest Whale Watching in New England. Please check-in with our social media feeds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for timely nature news, offshore updates and outstanding photo nostalgia.
Our 2022 schedule is now live. Planning your summer whale watch is a great way to warm up a chilly January evening. Reserve now and start crossing off the days. Looking for an experiential gift for your Valentine? A whale watch gift certificate may be just the ticket!
Op-Ed: How an encounter with humpback whales keeps me inspired in the climate change fight
We were deeply moved by this Op-Ed by Katie Troll, the former executive director of United Fishermen of Alaska who served as a fishery development specialist for the state of Alaska, originally published in the LA Times. If you care about whales, their eco-system and the future of our planet, please check out the excerpt below or read her full piece here.
The impacts of climate change on our oceans can be less visible than what we see on land but are just as dramatic. When we hear about another heat wave, we should remind ourselves that there are also marine heat waves, warming events that can destroy coral reefs and decimate populations of fish and seabirds. Marine heat waves have doubled since the 1980s and are expected to become 20 to 50 times more frequent. For every headline about blazing wildfires, we need to think also of ocean acidification, caused when the pH of oceans falls as they absorb the extra carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels. The more acidic our oceans, the more shells and bone structures dissolve. This affects everything from zooplankton to whales.
The humpback whales we encountered feed on herring and small forage fish. They eat more than 2,000 pounds of food each day. Herring compose a major portion of their consumption. And what do the herring eat? They eat small sea snails, pteropods (a type of mollusk) known as sea butterflies, which have a winged foot held in place by a small, internal shell. The sea butterfly cannot survive without its shell.
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