So, here is a photo that I took last year off of Boothbay, Maine. That’s a minke whale that played with us for a while.

Minke whale off of Boothbay, ME. 2016

We were joking that I could have Photoshopped this photo. That is so untrue because if I was to Photoshop anything it would look like this.

Whale looks at bananas on boat

Anyhoo, most days on a boat are pretty great, but some days REALLY ROCK IT.

Last Tuesday was one of those amazing days.

Headed to Nantucket from our home in New Hampshire we were passing Provincetown when we spotted this whale at a distance.

Minke whale off of Cape Cod.

Then THE BIRDS WENT CRAZY near our boat

Gulls go crazy

Humpback whale emerges from the waters off Cape Cod with his mouth open.

Humpback whale off Cape Cod

Humpback whale off of Cape Cod

humpback whale off of Cape Cod

Humpback whale off of Cape Cod

This amazing creature emerged repeatedly for 45 minutes.

Aside from the humpback there were also several minkes frolicking.

A pod of common dolphins soon arrived to join the fun just as my camera card filled at 500 photos. 🙁

Common dolphins off of Cape Cod

Desperately, I attempted to edit out the “weak” images to make space for new ones. To no avail. Argh!

Coincidentally, my book of choice for this trip happened to be Susan Casey‘s tome on dolphins, Voices in the Ocean,

Casey’s book is a look into the lives of these glorious creatures. A few things I learned:

  • They help others—including humans—in need.  Repeatedly they have saved humans from drowning and shark attacks.
  • They cultivate relationships with all creatures and protect their own communities.
  • They recognize themselves in the mirror.
  • Swimming with dolphins is a very bad idea. Dolphins in captivity are depressed and pissed off. They often injure people. Go to Hawaii and swim with real dolphins in the ocean if you want that experience.

I encourage all to read Susan Casey’s book and to do what they can to preserve our amazing cousins. These animals whither and die in captivity.