BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Crew members aboard a Boston Harbor Cruise Monday morning spotted a humpback whale right in the city's inner harbor.
According to Boston Harbor Cruises, the whale was seen by the crew of BHC's Salacia at about 7 a.m.
"Usually, it takes about an hour and a half to get to where the whales are. They're usually about 20 to 25 miles out by the Stellwagen Bank. So typically it doesn't take just 15 minutes to see a whale," Laura Howes, the Dir. of Marine Education for Boston Harbor Cruises said.
After the initial sighting, the whale was reportedly seen at least two more times before it passed Deer Island Lighthouse and appeared to be headed back out to sea.
However, officials at the New England Aquarium are not certain the young humpback whale has made its way out of the harbor.
Officials said the whale looked to be thin and measured about 20 to 30 feet in length.
"Sometimes with these younger animals they're still trying to learn their way and figure out where they need to find food. So sometimes you have these stragglers who sometimes come close to shore," Howes said.
According to Tony LaCasse, the Media Relations Dir. for the New England Aquarium, a large humpback whale spent three days in the Boston Harbor in April 2005. Each day, the whale went from the downtown area near the federal courthouse to Hull near the mouth of the harbor to feed on herring that were migrating into South Shore rivers and creeks.