2010 04 5- Plenty of whales close up Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

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On Explorer with Captain Michael Haywood from 10 am to 8 pm. We found our first whale feeding on Sally Tuckers, got his fluke id and then continued to Challenger where we found our first whales on  the edge. Over the course of the day we saw plenty of whales including surface active groups. There was apparently plenty of plankton in the water with large reddish clouds below the surface of the water. In  the flukeprint of a whale the red became pronounced as the red cloud was brought to the surface. We probably obtained around 16 individual fluke ids but I haven't had the chance to categorize them.

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On the left, how it looks when a whale sufaces right beside the boat, and on the right what the air blown out of a spout at 300 miles an hour looks like.

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Before the day was out, we made the match to the above fluke: nahwc#8124 also known as Maelstrom, first identified in Maine in 1992.

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Captain Michael Hayward of Explorer

 

 
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