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Midnight #0199

Midnight

Midnight 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.  

Midnight 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.  

 Midnight 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.

 

Midnight's Family Tree

Midnight- F ---
fs: 1980

Sombrero
yob: 1986

Clapton
yob: 1989

Abalone
yob: 1991

Bowtie
yob: 1996

Gloaming
yob: 1998

no name
yob: 2000

 

 

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