Huge blue whale spotted off Boothbay Harbor

The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 5:04 a.m.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — Naturalists from two whale-watching boats say they saw an 80-foot blue whale, the world’s largest mammal, about 15 miles south of Boothbay Harbor.

The Portland Press Herald reports that naturalists on the Pink Lady II and the Harbor Princess saw the whale on Sunday.

Dominique Leclerc, a marine biologist on the Pink Lady II, said the whale was “logging,” or what humans call sleeping. She said it surfaced every five to eight minutes to breathe before returning to a shallow depth just below the ocean’s surface.

The naturalist on the Harbor Princess posted a comment on his company’s website saying, “What an amazing sight!”

Leclerc says it’s rare to see a blue whale in the Gulf of Maine because they prefer the deeper waters of the North Atlantic.

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