Whale Watchers Have Busy Season



BAR HARBORThe whale-watching season was strong this year, despite some stretches of unfavorable viewing weather. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch encountered all of the typical whale species, according to a company official.

Despite several stretches of bad weather in June, whale watch tours had excellent sightings this summer in the Gulf of Maine.—LAUREN DONNELLY-CROCKER
Despite several stretches of bad weather in June, whale watch tours had excellent sightings this summer in the Gulf of Maine.—LAUREN DONNELLY-CROCKER

 

Boats also encountered some interesting fish species, including the massive basking shark and oceanic sunfish.

“Overall, it has been an excellent year,” says Zack Klyver, a naturalist with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch. He should know, as Mr. Klyver has been observing whales in the Gulf of Maine for more than 20 years.

The whale watching season got off to a rough start in June, when heavy rain and rough seas limited the amount of time boats could stay out on the water. On days when seas were good for boating, heavy fog often made viewing conditions unfavorable.

For more maritime news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

 

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