We are roughly one month into our 2014 whale watch season and already we have had some incredible trips. Our recent sightings have included humpback, finback and minke whales, Atlantic white sided dolphins, gray and harbor seals, and several basking sharks. For our top predators, there's a lot of food to be had right now. Many local captains have commented on the overwhelming abundance of bait despite cool waters this spring. And indeed, we have observed literally acres of bait on several recent trips. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/05/22/unusual-amount-of-whales-spotted-off-mass-coast/. These wiggly, six inch fish form massive schools and are the cornerstone in the diets of many species at the sanctuary. This has attracted large numbers of baleen whales, particularly humpback whales, who are true masters at harvesting this resource. One strategy these whales use is called bubble feeding. In bubble feeding either columns or clouds of bubbles are produced by the whale(s) to corral the fish and push them up in the water column. The whale(s) then comes up through the bubbles and takes the entire school into the lower jaw. The elastic lower jaw is emptied of seawater as the baleen filters fish from froth.