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Friday, June 8, 2012

Kenebunkport Maine - 2002 - Whale Watching

Whale Watching
We spent one morning of our Maine vacation going on a Whale Watching Cruise. After boarding Nick's Chance, while on our way out to sea, the captain let it be known that there weren't very many whales and we shouldn't expect much. Lovely.
It was a lovely day and the trip turned into a terrific boat ride. We even saw some dolphins briefly (too briefely for me to even get any pictures), but no whales in site. Well, we did see what looked like a whale spout way off in the distance once, but when we got there the whale had sounded and we didn't see any more of him.
After about an hour and a half, the novelty had warn off and we all got a bit bored...

The captain had decided to call it a day and head in when we saw a spout not far from us. We headed over to where the whale was and waited a few minutes. Then, right below us we could see him coming up. At first I thought it was some kind of small white whale, because what I saw was about 20 feet long and white. Then I realized that what I had seen was the white flipper of a humpback whale. What a site! The whale parked about 30 feet away from us, trumpeting occasionally and lazily rolling over and over, slapping his huge flipper on the water. Finally, after about 15 minutes of this show, he raised his tail as if to say good-bye and disappeared. It was, by far, the most spetacular animal I've ever seen in the wild. And it was something we will all remember for years to come.

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