Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The surface feeding frenzy is still going on offshore!

We have had amazing views of humpback whales feeding on the southern side of Stellwagen Bank. Here are some video clips from our June 2 trip aboard the Capt. John & Son II.



Great to see so many whales feeding together. Humpback whales are a medium-sized baleen whale that is listed as endangered due to the few animals that remain in our oceans. But when you have a lot of sand lance close to shore, many whales are attracted into that area and the sightings can be amazing.

A "once in a lifetime" for all of us onboard, even us old timers. We need to keep our oceans healthy with abundant bait fish stocks for whales, seals, sharks, seabirds and other marine wildlife. Climate change, ocean acidification, marine debris, pollution, overfishing, etc. are all putting pressures on this system. The basis truth is "no bait fish = no whale."

I would hate to live in a world with few whales! Become educated on the topics and then ACT. Today, it is not enough to simply CARE, we have to become involved on behalf of these deserving animals. Join NECWA in our efforts to make a difference.

Reduce, reuse and recycle. We hear that phrase all the time, but it is so important and these simply actions can make a huge difference. Try to use less gas and oil and rely more on natural energy sources like geothermal and solar. Demand less plastic in your life and be a choosy consumer by flexing your "purchasing" muscle. Tell "commerical America" what you want and don't want by choosing more environmentally sound products. Eat locally raised foods, cook whole meals instead of eating fast foods or processed foods. You will be healthier and the planet will be healthier as well.

Yes, these types of actions are often not convenient and take more time and effort, but isn't it worth it? I don't want to lose beautiful and amazing sights like the one we witnessed on June 2nd, but that is a possibility if we don't act and act now.

Krill