Today we're continuing the countdown of the 10 most exciting, cutest, noteworthy and/or memorable ways that 2013 is one year that we won't forget.
4. A fantastic year for the New England Aquarium Whale Watch
|Salt, the so-called Grand Dame of Stellwagen Bank, was definitely an exciting sighting|
This is the first year of the Aquarium's partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises to give visitors a front row seat to see some of the largest and most impressive marine animals in their home turf—Stellwagen Bank. The New England Aquarium Whale Watch launched from Central Wharf and ferried passengers to this rich marine animal feeding ground just a few miles from Boston several times each day.
|Nile, seen here flipper slapping with another humpback whale, was a regular on the Whale Watch Log|
Some humpback whales made regular appearances, like Nile. Other whales were more elusive but their sightings were extra special for the knowledgable naturalists on board every trip. Along with humpbacks, minke and finback whales were spotted.
|Few things are more exciting than a breach!|
The whales wowed visitors with dramatic behaviors such as breaches and flipper slapping. All along the way, visitors learned a lot about these animals and the threats they face in the wild.
|A curious harbor seal pup surveys the scene|
The list of marine life doesn't end whales on a New England Aquarium Whale Watch. Seals, dolphins, sea birds and even those other-worldly fish Mola mola had a moment to shine on the Whale Watch Log.
|Sunset on Stellwagen Bank|
With three boats each running trips several times each day, it meant many people had an opportunity to hit the water this season. It's always wonderful to be able to share the beauty and majesty of our blue planet with visitors. While the season ended in November now that the whales have headed south to feed in warmer waters, we're already looking forward to March when the trip start up again!
Previously on the Countdown to 2014: