was born sometime in January or February of 1981. His mother,
Equus, introduced him to Stellwagen Bank later that spring. He
has been coming back every year since. Colt is the second
oldest of at least six calves born to Equus (See Equus's Family
Tree). Colt may prefer the waters off Massachusetts, but
his older half brother, Tusk, was more often seen farther to the
North in the Gulf of Maine near the Bay of Fundy.
is a favorite among whale watchers. When he is not stuffing
his face with over 3,000 lbs of food a day, he quite often is
found showing off. Colt is a known close-to-boat whale.
He loves to watch passengers watch him. While he is
in a curious mood, he will approach nearby boats. He swims
around them, spyhops next to them to get a better look and sometimes
he even splashes them. One of his favorite games is to dive
under the boat . This makes all the passengers dash to the
other side. Once everyone is there, he dives back under
again. Predictably, everyone runs back too. Is Colt
really playing? It is hard to know exactly what is going on inside
the brain of a 50+ ft animal, but he appears to enjoy the experience.
though Colt is a "known close-to-boat" whale, it is important
to remember that whalewatching vessels follow very strict guidelines
(that private boats should also abide). These guidelines
state that no boat should approach a whale any closer than 100ft.
At that distance the boat should be in neutral. This
allows the whale to actively make a free choice whether he wants
to come closer to the boat or go about his business. Remember
we have come into their environment.
has two distinguishing features. First, he has an extremely
large, rounded dorsal fin with a white spot on the back. Then,
if you look at the upper corner of the left fluke, you will find
a black silhouette of what appears to be a handgun, like the ones
manufactured by Colt.