As we headed out of Provincetown on the northern tip of Cape Cod, we got a sense of anticipation, the area was renowned for good sightings of whales thanks to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
However, while the weather was fair in the harbour a dirty great big fog bank loomed large as soon as we neared the last lighthouse.
It is easy to see it now, but it wasn’t then. All of a sudden visibility shrunk to hardly anything.
Trying to see anything in this pea-soup seemed to be a forlorn hope, let alone stumble across whales. Needles and haystacks came to mind.
On we ploughed through the fog. Still hopeful, we were told to keep our ears open – this was the best way to be able to locate them in such conditions.
All of a sudden we seemed to be bang in the middle of them; not just one or two specimens but a whole gathering of more than ten humpback whales. In addition to the noise, the presence of a multitude of seabirds (mainly shearwaters) gave away the location of our prey.
Peering through the fog, this is what we saw:
Not a single breach, but a feeding frenzy was taking place in our midst. Despite the drab conditions I fired off some shots on the camera and then worked with them a bit in Lightroom to get a better contrast. So here is a small collection for you to enjoy:
Conditions didn’t allow for great images, but I am happy that the essence has been captured. Our marine guide informed us that there were 18 Humpbacks all feeding at the same point. The noise was incredible.
On the way back we were then accompanied by a pod of dolphins. I left the camera at my side, content to enjoy this marvelous sight without pressing my eye up to the viewfinder. What a way to end the day.
So thank you to Dolphin Fleet Whalewatch out of Provincetown, but most of all thank you nature for putting on another spectacular show.
By the time we got back into harbour, exhausted with all the excitement, the light was lowering, but one could still see the bank of fog.
Talk about lucky.