©Barry Moser, ink drawing (humpback whale), 2012
'Salt', the grand lady of Stellwagen Bank returned for her 43rd straight year in 2018 with her 14th recorded calf, the most ever recorded from a single female humpback whale. The first whale to be given a name, she is one of the first known grandmothers and is now one of seven known great-grandmothers and is considered one of the most sighted, and loved, whales in the world.
Year of Birth: Unknown
First Year Seen: 1976
Salt is considered by many to be the Grand Old Lady of the North Atlantic. She is one of the most graceful and majestic of the humpback whales that visit Stellwagen Bank and may be one the most famous humpback whales in the world.
If you want to see Salt, try the very beginning of the season; she is usually one of the first whales to arrive on Stellwagen Bank!
Salt! Photograph by Cynde McInnis, Cape Ann Whale Watch
The Whalemobile is a traveling educational program to inspire and educate elementary age students about our oceans, plant, marine life, particularly whales. What started as a love for whales, when Cynde McInnis was a child, has led to a deep desire to protect our planet. By bringing Nile, a 43-foot inflatable humpback whale into your school and taking your students inside her, Cynde hopes to share this passion and inspire the next generation of ocean advocates.
A Cape Ann whale watch gets a classic travelogue from phenom amateur filmmaker, Dr. Robbins Barstow:
“The Quest for the Great Sperm Whale,” 1991, documentary by Dr. Robbins Barstow