Yesterday, I fulfilled one of my #1 life goals: see a whale in person.
Yesterday when Kris, Lu, and I were at the beach, we started talking about dolphins and sharks (it is Shark Week right now, after all — only my favorite week ever, no big deal). That topic brought us to whales. Kris said that she had randomly gotten a gift card for a whale watching trip from a friend for her birthday. “When the heck am I going to use that?” she said. I turn to her, trying not to flip out. “Do you realize it’s basically my life dream to see whales in person?!?!!?!?!?” Kris: “Um, really?” Me: “Gahhhh!!!! Whales!!!!” Kris: “Um… want to go while you’re here?” Me: “@#$(*@#($@*(#$@!!!!”
She took that as a yes ;)
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we had our trip booked and were at the Boston harbor the next day at noon, ready to rock. Win.
The trip was about 3 and a half hours long and took us way out into an area called Stellwagen Bank, which is a 842-square mile stretch of open water at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. According to our whale watching company’s brochure, it’s apparently the most famous whale-watching destination on the East Coast, renowned for its heavy concentration of humpback, finback, and minke whales.
It was a long ride out (over an hour), but very scenic (and windy)!
And then, we arrived. Almost immediately, we started seeing minke whales, which are small whales that look kind of like larger dolphins. And then… the big boys arrived.
Hello, Mr. Humpback!
There were a TON of them and they were all feeding literally right next to our boat in a big group. Coolest trip EVER! I have to admit I was skeptical we would actually see any.
How awesome are these photos of the whale opening its mouth?!
It was seriously SO freaking cool. These pictures don’t do it justice at all! The whales were SO big it was crazy to see in person.
Kris, thanks for making my life complete ;)
I’m off to brunch with Kris and then heading to the train to spend the rest of the weekend with miss Tina and her husband Mal — so excited! We’re going out on their friend’s boat today and have big plans for a blogger run and brunch tomorrow. I heart vacation :)
Ta-ta for now, friends!
Have you guys ever gone whale watching? Do you have any random life goals? Another one of mine is to swim with dolphins :) I’m obsessed with the ocean, obviously.