has been around for quite sometime. Her first recorded sighting
was way back in 1979. She had some good company that year
too. Other whales first seen that year included: Agassiz,
Buckshot, Fringe, Half Moon, Ivory,
Mars, Mirror, Orbit,
Sod, Spoon, Stub and Warrior. All
of these whales have been seen in recent years within the Sanctuary.
has had at least six calves since 1979 (See Midnight's Family
Tree). The first one was born in 1986. Most of her
calves are only seen for 1 or 2 years and then disappear. Midnight
does not spend her whole summer on Stellwagen Bank. As with
many whales she will travel from bank to bank looking for the
best feeding grounds. Her calves may have discovered other
areas that they prefer.
has a beautiful, mostly black fluke (thus her name). These
are the hardest to identify. Luckily she does have some
white markings that help distinguish her from other all black
tails. In the center of her tail as well as the tip of the
left fluke is a small amount of white.