Wow! The 2013 humpback whale season on the Silver Bank has come to an end. It was a wonderful few months with the whales and, with forgiveness requested for my short break, I hope you enjoy this final Cruise Report.
I find that the last week of the season is always a bit of a whirlwind. After nine weeks of continuous activity the final week always seems to pop up suddenly and then we find ourselves doing everything for the “last” time: our last Sunday afternoon, our last natural history presentation, our last slice of banoffee pie for dessert (!). Then suddenly it’s all over, we take a parting look at the wreck of the Polyxeni (what will it look like next year?), give our thanks and say our goodbyes to the whales. Then the cleaning and packing takes over and before you know it, we are thinking about the next season again; which we are… but the good news is that it is just nine months until the 2014 season begins!Week 10 was a great mix of whale action for us. The surface activity was going on strong all around us and throughout the week our guests were able to see some of the very best up-close displays of breaching we’ve had this entire season. Sunday afternoon featured a mother with her enthusiastic calf giving us a show (left) and we had an even better display later in the week when another mom and calf both got into the act, with the mother repeatedly launching herself near the boat with tremendous impact (below). It just never gets old!