After Wednesday’s incredible day of whale sightings, we left the harbor on Thursday morning with high hopes. Though we searched up and down the coast for two hours, there wasn’t a Humpback to be seen. A pod of Spinner Dolphins accompanied us in our search for awhile (so we did get to see some cetaceans) — and the spinners were up to their usual antics. We watched them ride our bow wake, and do some incredible acrobatics…but since our Humpback search was unsuccessful, Captain Will called the trip a “Fluke”, and we invited all our guests to join us on another Whale Watch Cruise for FREE!
Have a great weekend. I’ll send out a recap of our weekend’s sightings on Monday.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: Yesterday, I told you about the two different suborders of Cetaceans…Odontocetes (Spinner Dolphins are in this suborder) and Mysticetes (Humpbacks are classified here). For those of you etymologists out there, “Mysticete” either translates from the Greek “mystacoceti” meaning “mustached”, which is a pretty accurate description of how the baleen in these whales’ mouths appears…or is a “mis-translation” from the Latin “Mustiketos” which means “Mouse Whale” — perhaps one of the earliest examples of a scientist (in this case, Aristotle) demonstrating he understood the concept of irony. “Odontocete” shares a common root word with “orthodontist”…and means just what it sounds like — “toothed – whale”.