On Sunday, Wes and I drove to Queens, picked up Corey, Daisy and Desi and headed to Brooklyn to board the American Princess and go whale watching. We were going to take the boat from Queens, but due to the government shutdown and the place where the boat was docked being a federal property, we drove to Brooklyn to where the boat had been moved. For the first two hours of the four hour tour, we chatted, ate lunch and scanned the ocean for whales–and didn’t see a single one. And then, we did! All totaled, we saw six humpback whales, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. My photographing skills are not nearly as good as Corey’s, so this is the best picture I managed to get. He got one of the tail of a whale. I didn’t know that the markings on a whale’s tail are all different and each whale can be identified that way. The tail he snapped belonged to “New York Whale # 11.” A crew member had a photo album of all the identified whales and his photo matched up. The whales are tracked that way so researchers can keep tabs on them. The things you learn! We had a great time, in spite of the foggy, chilly, and windy weather and both Wes and I would do it again in a heartbeat.