"When you do see whales, you will realize they were worth the wait. Also, you will return to shore exhilarated, better educated about a fascinating animal, and more aware of what’s at stake if we lose even one species to extinction."
by Patricia Corrigan in "Where the Whales Are"
"This morning Heather and I went out on the Duck with MarySue, Glenn, Cheryl, Carole and 2nd Captain Wade. Not even 5 minutes out, we spotted a mother and calf! After awhile when they slowed down, 5 of us put on our masks and stuck our heads in the water. What a beautiful sight! The size, the gentleness- all so amazing. They swam right under the Duck- and right under us!! They were so close and the water was very clear. I think they were only 10-15 ft below the Duck.. and I could make out so many details. A little later, we saw a (male) Escort join up with them. All of a sudden, instead of seeing only 2 blows, there were 3!"
from Leslie's Journal
"... Then we came across a rowdy group- probably one female and 4 males. They were cruising along pretty fast. We stayed with them for about an hour- they came so close to us many times, and having that many huge and powerful whales beside us or in front of us was totally exhilarating." from Heather's Journal
|Snorkelers.. out behind the BT II (3canon5a)||Whale's Fluke (3canon3a)|
Heather decided to skip out on the afternoon trip! Instead, Tiki and Ubie joined us on the Knife.
|Glenn, Mary Sue & Ubie(the dog)
(PM Knife- 5canon 22a)
|A nice fluke picture (PM Knife- 4canon 8a)|
|A whale that was between the BT II and the shipwreck
(PM Knife- 4canon 1a)
|The curious calf! (PM Knife- 5canon 20a)|
|(PM Knife- 5canon 18a)||(PM Knife- 5canon 17a)|
|(PM Knife- 5canon 16a)||(PM Knife- 5canon 8a)|
|This whale surprised us.. and I didn't have time to change my zoom!
(PM Knife- 5Canon 13a)
|(PM Knife- 5canon 7a)||(PM Knife- 5canon 3a)|
|One of 2 Juveniles that allowed us to swim with them...
(PM Knife- 793-991 8)
|I think this is my only breach picture
(PM Knife- 793991 2)
|Heather & Leslie- at sunset (5canon 2a)|
"Our last day with the whales! We went out on the Knife in the morning.. and had a
tough time locating whales... until we caught up with a mother and a very young
(and curious!) calf. At times it was hitching a ride on its' mother's back. Then it decided to get a little closer and swam under the boat. The waves were pretty rough, so everyone just enjoyed the sunshine and chatted with one another, all the while looking out for whales! ... At lunch we found out that the group that went out on the Duck in the morning were lucky enough to see a calf nursing! That must have been exciting!" from Leslie's Journal
"We went out with Wade on the Duck for the afternoon trip. We found a lone male so we put the hydrophone in the water- and he was a "Singer"! We all got into the water ... we could hear him singing so perfectly! I could have stayed there for hours listening to him!" from Heather's Journal
|A Fluke! (I zoomed it on the scanner...)
(AM Knife- 6Canon 23a)
|This whale was cruising! (AM Knife- 6Canon 19a)||Nice shot of a Flipper (AM Knife- 6Canon 21a)|
|(PM Duck- 6Canon 13a)||(PM Duck- 6Canon 10a)|
|(PM Duck- 6Canon 6a)||(PM Duck- 6Canon 2a)|
|(PM Duck- 6Canon 1a)||(PM Duck- 793-991 20)|
|2nd Captain Wade w/ Glenn & Mary Sue
(PM Duck- 793-991 20)
|"Chef" Erika - who happens to be a *great* cook!
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