2009 04 11 data sheets Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

The North Atlantic Humpback Whale Research Foundation

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Notes by Camilla Stringer

Date

Saturday 11th April 2009

boat & crew

Dom Perignon, Bob Steinhoff, Andrew Stevenson, Ron Lucas, Amanda Dale, Ian Tovell, Camilla Stringer

time leave and return

9.30

place of departure/return

Somerset Bridge

wind knots and direction

5 – 10 WSW becoming South 8 – 12

previous days knots and direction

8 – 12 dropping

tide-high and low

time

whales #

activity

place/

coordinates

dept (feet)

fluke photo # /

u-w video

10.36

1

breach x 4

½ mile away on Crown

10.40

1

breach

To east

10.48

1

blow x 3 approx 30 seconds, blow x 3, dive. feeding pattern. andrew has photo so we look for others.

AS fluke ID

10.57

2

blow

Approx ½ mile away on horizon

10.59

1

breach

11.00

1

breach – not the same whale

11.03

2

surface & blow, nr fishing boat

170

11.06

2

blow x 3. there are three groups of whales within sight.

11.08

1

blow, further away up ahead, maybe a fourth group.

11.10

?

blow, every 30 seconds, 200 yards from the boat

170

11.14

Group

surface & blow to starboard.

11.16

no singing

Hydrophone #24

11.23

1

blow x 4, 100 yrs from boat

11.24

1

blow further ahead

11.25

2

blow x 4 – slowly try to get closer, dive

11.31

1

blow behind the boat

11.34

2

blow x 2

11.35

2

surface, moving in different directions

11.36

2

tail-lobbing

11.43

1

breach on horizon

11.44

1

blow, 200 yrds ahead

11.46

1

surface & blow x 2, dive no fluke

11.53

2

surface & dive

11.56

2

on different sides of the boat

11.58

2

blow

11.59

3

surface & blow

Southern edge

12.08

3

surface next to the boat

AS, CS, RL Fluke IDs

12.10

2

further ahead

12.13

1

surface close behind the boat

Andrew in water with camera

lots of group activity.

13.57

Group

blow, surface, breach, nr explorer

14.02

-

blow all around the boat. wind and swell increasing.

14.33

1

blow

14.37

1

blow

Northern edge of Sally Tuckers

14.42

1

blow

14.45

1

blow, 100 yards, feeding pattern

Heading to Sally Tuckers

14.50

1

breach, blow

14.51

1

blow, every 30 seconds

14.56

1

blow

14.58

1

blow x 2

15.03

2

one on either side of the boat, travelling at 3 – 6 knots

15.07-8

Group

surface & dive

AS, CS Fluke IDs

15.12

1

blow, approx ½ a mile away

15.15

1

flicked tail right out of the water

15.17

1

tail lobbing

15.31

1

blow x 3

15.35

1

blow beside Sea Slipper

15.37

1

breach, blow approx ½ mile ahead

15.42

2

tail-lobbing, blow

65

15.54

2

surface & blow, breach

16.02

3

they hang right under the boat

3

surface & blow to starboard

3

surface & blow

65

3

blow

1

rises slowly to the surface just off starboard

Andrew in the water

2

tail-lobbing

3

surface & blow

Andrew back in boat

16.32

1

pec-slapping

AS, CS Fluke IDs, 385, 647

2

dive

16.45

3

surface & blow

 
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