2010 04 13- Another windy, bumpy day but lots of breaches and a very special match! Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

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Photo above taken today in exactly the same location as #0002 was photographed four years ago.

Our #0002 or NAHWC#1135 first photographed by Prof Hal Whitehead in Newfoundland in 1978 and not seen again until we photographed him on April 23rd 2007. He was the whale that accompanied Magical Whale when I filmed him for two hours. Winds and waves were so high today we had little chance of seeing any whales when 0002 breached in front of us. We thought we had lost him and then he breached right behind us. He tail-lobbed upside down for a few minutes to keep our attention and then rolled over to present himself for a perfect fluke id which I recognised immediately as #0002 and we were able to confirm it right away with our onboard computer.

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Photo above taken by Prof Hal Whitehead 32 years ago!

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And here is #0002 id'ed on the 21st and 23rd of April 2007. I think we should name him "Candle".

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We continued on to Challenger with a tail wind making the crossing easy. By the time we were on Challenger the waves and wind seemed to have diminished somewhat and we were able to find or spot some 30 whales. See the article in our 'News' section on humpbacks breaching more often when it is windy and wavy. Certainly seemed to be the case today.

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Somers on the left in tears when she realizes I'm going off for the day. A happier Somers when I'm back again, imitating Elsa, who is reading the Narnia series.

 
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