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I was delivering a boat to Dartmouth and what did I see - a huge whale!!!



What type do you think it is?

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Re: A very rare sight!!!

I'll never see that in the Chesapeake!

Lucky you! Thanks for sharing.
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I suspect it is a right whale - not uncommon this time of year in that part of the world.

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Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, are rare in British seas, but have been observed more frequently in recent years. They can be identified by their large white pectoral fins. From a distance they resemble Fin Whales, but Humpbacks raise their tails before diving.
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Re: A very rare sight!!!

That's a Humpback. See tons of them up towards Newfoundland when the Capelin are rolling. Minkes, too.
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I thought Humpbak as well, have often seen that type activity here where we see many Humpback. I did not see any white under the flukes which the Humpback does have.

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No white beneath the flukes, so I don't think it's a humpback whale.

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Looks like your sighting made the news: Humpback whale filmed off Dartmouth in Devon - BBC News

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Must have been a young Humpback, which would explain the lack of white patches on the tail flukes.

Neat sighting,

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Re: A very rare sight!!!

My vote is that it is a humpback, but wouldn't stake my life on it. Very cool video! I always get a tingle down my spine when I see a whale. They are such magnificent creatures.
Here in Southern California, we see mostly gray whales, though humpbacks and blues also pass by. I've only been lucky enough to see grays (or so I've been told) in the past, and not for a long time, and never seem to have anything to video them with when I have seen them... and now I'm not willing to pull out my new smart phone to take video and risk it going overboard (I already lost one smart phone when my kid dropped it in the toilet... something I never thought really happened ). What did you use to you video your whale sighting?
Your video reminds me of a very close encounter our friends had with two whales last year, a momma and her baby, in the Santa Barbara channel on their small inflatable boat. The momma whale decided to "play" with their boat. My friend was willing to the whale with her smart phone, and almost lost it... but to my mind, the video is priceless. You can see it on youtube here > Santa Barbara channel whale encounter

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