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  • John J King II

Offshore with the Humpbacks

Our good friend Denise Lawrence of Aquatic Adventures - an accomplished naturalist, diver and guide for whale encounters in the Caribbean, came to Cape Cod at our invitation to see her beloved humpbacks in their summer feeding grounds for the first time. Having been traveling in South Africa the pressure was on to quickly locate whales and hope for good weather to get out to see them. With a little bit of research and some good luck we were able to get on the whales about 22 miles SE of Chatham actually east of Nantucket on a fine day. Our luck was even better as we realized with a flood of seabirds swarming that the small group of whales we came upon were actually using "bubble- netting" to seize their prey. Two of the whales we witnessed were later identified by researchers using the Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale Catalog curated by our friends at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown as whales that had been photographed and identified on the Silver Bank in 2012! "Angus" and "Mira". Connecting the dots was incredible. See our posts and conversation with "fluke matchers" in Flickr here.

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