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July 15, 2019

Whale Watching in Plymouth

Emily Power & Victor Si, Saint Ursula Academy & Great Neck North High School

SEA Semester

Above: Students on whale watch; Below: Fin whale dorsal fin

Today we woke up earlier than usual. We took the bus to Plymouth Harbor, embarked the whale watch boat, and joined a guided tour out to Cape Cod Bay. Heading out into deeper waters, we traveled for more than an hour while the guide introduced us to our trip about different islands, peninsulas, and a lighthouse. We learned about the privately owned lands on the sandy islands and some behaviors of whales.

Our first sighting of the day was a finback whale. These enormous creatures are the second largest species of whale, only to the blue whale. We saw a few more finbacks, but the star of our trip was doubtlessly a humpback whale we saw feeding on the way back home. The humpback used a bubble net to drive a school of fish, otherwise known as a bait ball, to the surface and swallowed them whole! After we returned from our exciting expedition we were given free time to wander around Plymouth.

All together we had a great time.

- Emily Power, Saint Ursula Academy & Victor Si, Great Neck North High School

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