is a very large old-timer on the bank. She was first seen
way back in 1979 when whale watching was still in its infancy.
This place must have made a great impression of her for
she has been sighted here every year since that time.
has had at least five calves in her long history on Stellwagen
Bank (See Spoon's Family Tree). Her first calf was born
in 1983, a little male named Regulus. Regulus is still seen
on Stellwagen Bank from time to time, more so in his younger years.
He now does a lot of traveling. It is unknown if socializations
on the feeding grounds have any significance on the breeding grounds.
There may be a small advantage for a male of breeding age
to travel between feeding grounds making his presence known and
getting acquainted with as many females as possible. Then
again, there may be no good reason for roaming other than finding
the biggest haulsof fish to really bulk up on. The biggest,
strongest males have the best chance to breed.
was named for her large spoon-shaped dorsal fin. Her fluke
is a little on the tricky side. Sometimes when you take
a picture of her, the tail appears almost all black. However,
if you take a photo with the sun shining on it in just the right
way you will notice a good deal of white. The white patches
on both fluke tips is more of a misted color. The white
mark in the center of the tail is the most striking feature. One
other thing you will notice about Spoon is her size. She
is among the largest humpbacks generally seen on our bank. She
is well over 50ft in length and extremely girthy. This is
the perfect figure for a calf-bearing whale.