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August 07, 2017

Extreme Whale Watch

Mira Anderberg & Elsie Dilisio, Lexington High School & Monument Mountain Regional High School

SEA Semester

Above: A whale's tail. Below: On the hunt for whales!

We were woken up at the extremely early hour of 6:30 in the morning. We then quickly ate and did our chores and then headed onto the bus. We traveled for about an hour until we reached Plymouth MA: the home of Plymouth rock. However, we were not just there to see the rock in the ground, we were also there to be on a whale watch. We waited in line for what felt like forever and then aggressively boarded the boat to secure the “best” seats. A long loud blast from the horn sounded and we left the harbor. It took us an hour of Moana singing, whale calls and pretending like we were on the Titanic until we reached the first whale sighting spot.

The first whale we saw was barely visible. We tried to follow it around but we had little luck finding it. The boat took off and we reached another spot where we could see another whale doing its thing in the distance. The sights looked dim on the idea we were going to have the most epic whale watch ever. Suddenly a huge exhale sounded. The whole boat turned around and screamed as we saw a humpback whale about 20 feet from the boat. It breathed a couple of times and then dove back under the surface.

The last stop we made was filled with Humpback whales. They were everywhere hanging out in groups of 2 and 3. But not only Humpbacks were there, Minke whales were also swimming around quite close to the boat. Two humpbacks swam right up to the boat and then swam directly underneath. Everyone was amazed and mesmerized by the majestic-ness of the whales. Even though there were so many, none of the whales breached while we were out there. This was because the whales were getting ready to migrate and they had eaten too much and were too heavy to breach. Still, we headed back with amazement and high spirits. We ended the day with a quick walk around Plymouth and a ride back on the bus where many of the students decided to take a well deserved nap.

- Mira & Elsie

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