2013 Whale Watcher-Facebook Photo Contest Results
Wednesday, Dec 18 2013 01:09 PM
First off, thanks to everyone for posting your pictures! For our second annual Facebook photo contest, we asked you to share your best whale watching photos with us via our Facebook page!
Lots of great photos were submitted throughout the season. Some of the winning photos include feeding behaviors near the boat, and close boat approaches, all which occurred on trips conducted in accordance with Northeast Whale Watching Guidelines and WhaleSENSE prescribed practices. While we take the welfare of the whales we view as a professional concern, we don't look for professional photos in our contest, just character. That said, its always a tough job to come up with the winners; however we did it, and we have our results!
Finally, a huge thanks to our naturalist extraordinaire, Joanne Jarzobski for her devoted attention to our Facebook community during the season, and her awesome photo contributions to our page! Thanks Joanne, and may hundreds of humpbacks grace everyones' 2014! And with no further ado, here's this year's winners in chronological order:
|Xavier De got a win for this May 12 post of humpback whale- Underline |
in a full breach! The whale has composed this photo for us all to enjoy!
|A common question is "How close can the whales get?" Stephanie Barney demonstrates in this May 25 post! This humpback whale is filtering a catch right next to the boat (note handrail in upper portion of photo)! The boat is out of gear and not moving, and the whale is safe to do its thing! Note the baleen plates in the upper jaw. Great Shot! |
|Sharon Noy's post from May 31,continues the feeding theme. This humpback|
whale is surfacing after a lunge. The animal has taken an enormous mouthful
of fish and seawater and is now readying to filter its catch as in the photo above.
He love that you can see the elastic nature of the throat pleats, or rorquals extended!
|Nick Fitton posted this remarkable pic of a large basking shark feeding on June 20th.|
The second largest fish species, basking sharks feed on zooplankton by swimming
with an open mouth as comb-like extensions on the gill,
filter prey from the water column.
This individual is probably over 25 feet long and weighs several tons!
|Humpback whale- Nile rounds out for a dive in this shot posted by Joe Grimando.|
Nile was our most frequently observed humpback whale this season. Stellwagen
Banks is her favorite summer haunt, and was busy feeding on plentiful mackerel
in the Sanctuary for most of the season. Without her diagnostic fluke print, we can
alternatively indentify her from her hook-shaped dorsal fin with the rectangular white scar below it on the right flank. More on Nile in an upcoming blog!
|Stephanie Kalis' post for July 25th really captures the fleeting nature of whale|
identification photography in this photo. Once again, this is humpback whale-Nile.
On her left fluke, you can see a dark line in a white field; resembling a map of the Nile river. As the whale dives, and raises its fluke, some fast shutter work can capture the fluke patternwhich is unique to every humpback whale!
|Amanda Catherine's post from July 28th was just one of those pictures!|
It shows two humpback whales readying for a dive, possibly a cow/calf. The animals appear to have been feedingas is supported by the numerous seabirds in attendance.
The day is foggy, and adds an air of mystery.
The combination of all elements makes this on a winner! Great get Amanda!
|Jeff McBride posted this amazing shot of a baby common dolphin alongside its|
mother on August 16th. Generally uncommon during the whale watch season, common dolphins were seen on many trips this season! This little dolphin is very young, and still lacks the striking saddle-back pattern of its parents. We love the spray from its exhalation that Jeff captured!
|Richard Lee posted this picture on August 21st. Nothing need be added, this photo|
speaks for itself. All the reasons we love taking you whale watching! We love it!
|Pat Brown posted this troubling shot on September 7th. This is a great photo of|
a finback whale, second largest animal to live on earth. What is troubling is that this
whale's ribs are visible. This whale is skinny, and in September, this should not be the case. Whether the animal has been unable to find food, or whether it may be affected by a pathogen, we don't know,but it's photos like this that capture moments in the lives of these animals. Whale watch pictures tell a story, and hopefully they can help us understand more about what is going on in the lives of these amazing animals.
How about a round of applause for our winners!
Winners, you have each won a pair of Adult Whale Watch tickets aboard Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises. Tickets do not expire. They may be redeemed for a whale watch any day of our whale watch season except for weekdays in August (this is our busiest time, and the boat is always sold-out). We would just ask that you drop us a line as to when you think you might join us. Post a message on Facebook or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll look forward to seeing you in 2013!
We hope that everyone in our whale watch community enjoys safe and happy holidays!
Whale Watcher Sightings- July-August 2013
We've been busy down at the docks, but wanted to share some photo highlights
of recent trips! Hope to see you aboard!
|A humpback whale surface lunges at the end of a feeding cycle. |
|Look closely and you can see mackerel fleeing the lunge.|
Mackerel have been making up a large portion the of diet our
Stellwagen humpbacks this summer.
|A humpback whale lunge feeding sequence. Notice the late arrival of|
the bubble cloud to the surface, an indication that feeding is taking place
deeper in the water column.
|Humpback whale: Nile, gives a series of chin|
breaches on a recent trip!
|Humpback whale: Mudskipper rounds out on a sounding dive,|
giving un a classic tail shot!
|A finback whale comes up for a breath. Note the light colored jaw-line |
on the right side of all finback whales.
|A tall dorsal fin gives the finback whale its name.|
|Our smallest baleen species, the minke whale frequently surfaces with|
no visible blow. Note the diagnostic white flipper patch or minke mitten.
|A small mola-mola or ocean sunfish swam by at close range. The largest bony fish|
in the world, molas can weigh up to a ton!
|Everyone's favorite humpback at Stellwagen Bank this summer,|
Nile launches into a breach!
Thanks to Joanne for all the great shots!
Whale Watcher Sightings- June 10-27, 2013
Friday, Jun 28 2013 03:42 PM
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