Thursday, July 28, 2011

whale watching

I never claimed to be a wildlife photographer, but for my first official Humpback whale photo shoot, I'd say I did a respectable job. This wasn't your standard vessel fleet launching from the tourist ridden harbor docks. This wasn't a time slotted tour where advanced purchase of tickets were required. This was a Saturday morning adventure with friends seeking a glimpse of the oceans largest mammals. We set out from an eerily calm inlet off the backside of Nauset Beach. It was low tide but luckily not too low to venture through the sandbar ridden channel. The inlet which stretches between the towns of Orleans and Eastham leads out into none other than the vast Atlantic Ocean. Only - we didn't have to venture very far into its vastness to spot a pod of Humpback Whales (we estimated about 12 - 14 different individual whales) who were swimming just off shore.Seeing these mammals in person is completely breathtaking. One of those times where the camera (and all my cropping and zooming) can't even begin to do the experience justice. The whales came really close to us, I'm talking within a few arms lengths / a tiny stones throw close. Did I mention we are on a 23 foot recreational motorboat? It's an adrenaline rush to say the least. You never know just where they are going to pop up next to you! These guys are the real deal, identified with names by the varying patterns and markings on their tale flukes and everything. I'll leave you with some scenery shots from the boat ride in and the views back on dry land. Not that I need an excuse, but simply because it's Cape Cod in the summertime and it's beautiful. And it's where I grew up. Happy Thursday!

19 comments:

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Amazing! Though I have to say I might be terrified if whales got that close to our boat!

MelissaNibbles said...

Your pictures look great. I've been on three whale watches and never seen a whale!

Meesh said...

whoa.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

So cool - your pictures are awesome! I've been on whale watches with NO WHALES so this one seems pretty successful!

Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant said...

That's absolutely incredible.

In and Around Town said...

WOW - those shots are amazing! The boat may not have been big, but on that type you really are at the whale's level, so cool! I am sure a bit scary as well

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

These pictures are BEAUTIFUL!

Elizabeth said...

That's so cool! I would love to see a whale. I've only been to the cape once believe it or not. I would love to see it in the summertime.

Michelle Collins said...

These photos are gorgeous! I've always wanted to take my sister whale watching because she's petrified of whales...I think this would get her over her fear!

Lindsey @ BeantownEats said...

Beautiful pics! Is that with the new camera you mentioned a few weeks ago? I used to love whales watches when I was little, and was always lucky to see them!

Megan said...

That must have been an incredible experience. I rarely see whales when I go out on a whale watch let alone when I'm just going out on a boat for other reasons!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i've never been on a whale watch and would love to go! You were so close and what a gorg day!

Amber Blue Bird said...

that must have been an amazing experience. Those animals are just gorgeous creatures.

Ameena said...

So gorgeous! I haven't been to Cape Cod yet but it reminds me a lot of the small beachy city I grew up in here in Los Angeles.

What an amazing experience Daisy!

Simply Life said...

wow! those are some great photos! Looks like the perfect day!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a great experience and cool photos!

Bridget said...

SO COOL!!! I need to get one of my friends with a boat to re-create this journey haha...that would be amazing!!

Great to see you this morning/afternoon!!

Kerstin said...

What gorgeous pics, I'm impressed with your photo skills and I can't believe how close you got!

Tricia said...

stunning! i wish i could have been there - so cool!