Research on finback whales requires a lot of time, patience and skill on boats as well as at the computer. After all the time at sea and hours of photo analysis, we recorded a minimum of 35 individuals.
The rewards, however, were worth the effort. An unnamed mother was sighted with a calf in mid-July and made occasional appearances over the remainder of the summer. This was particularly exciting as we rarely see mother / calf pairs of fin whales off Cape Cod. We are looking forward to the calf’s return next summer.
Many of the summer’s fin whales were sighted repeatedly over the season. Some of these individuals were long time visitors to local waters.