SALT has arrived!Whale watching season has "officially" begun. Salt, the most famous humpback whale in the world, the Grand Dame of Stellwagen Bank has made her way back to the Gulf of Maine feeding ground.
NECWA's first 2013 sighting of Salt occurred on May 17. NECWA staff member Tammy Silva was whale watching on board the Tails of the Sea with Capt. Tommy O'Reilly. This lucky group of whale watchers found themselves in the middle of a feeding frenzy! About a dozen humpback whales were gorging themselves on sand lance on the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank. Then, seemingly out of no where, that famous white dorsal fin appeared off the bow...it was her! Salt! To an experienced whale watcher, the unique white scarring on Salt's dorsal fin is unmistakable. When you see it, you just know it's her and it was so exciting to see her after a long winter!
|Salt's dorsal fin|
|Salt's ventral tail pattern|