Last Sunday I had the privilege of spending the day with my dear friend, Kim and her husband Ken. It was Kim’s birthday and she has a tradition of going on a whale watch on her birthday. Luckily for me, she invited me along.
This was my first whale watch and I was well prepared with warm clothes, Dramamine, and my camera. We went out of Plymouth and headed towards the outside edge of Provincetown, which is where the whales like to hang out.
The boat ride itself was pleasant. The sky was blue and the water was bluer. It wasn’t very cold and before I knew it we were in whale territory. That’s when the fun started!
All the whales we saw were humpback whales and I believe we saw 5 or 6 total.
They pretty much stayed in a group, going back and forth and feeding. Right before the whales come up out of the water you can see bubbles and this beautiful neon green.
You can just see the green in the left edge of this photo.
These weren’t particularly large whales but they had beautiful tails.
And we were quite close to them – you can see the water dripping off the back of the fluke.
And you can see the barnacles on them, too!
It was incredibly peaceful to watch them go back and forth. They would usually lift their tails up out of the water, but not every time.
When they do lift their fluke, it creates this weird smooth surface on the water. There’s a name for it but I’ll be damned if I can remember what our guide called it. In any case, the water becomes completely smooth on the surface and stays that way for an unusual amount of time. It’s really neat.
Honestly, it was wonderful to just be in the presence of these magnificent creatures. It makes you realize how small you are and how big the world is and how much of it there is to see.
I’m glad I got to see this part of the world. And I’m especially glad I got to see it with friends.