2018-04-25 The best of times, the worst of times Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

This year was both the worst for weather, and the second best. We had six weeks of storms, gales and near hurricane-force winds through March. That was worse weather than last year which was the worst I've experienced. But that awful six weeks was followed by seven days of calm weather at the peak of the migration followed by more windy weather. The best of times were the whales. There were so many of them this year although many of them were only seen when they were viewed from South Shore. The bottom line is that we have a bumper year of individual fluke IDs, well over 200 of which over 30 were re-sightings. The re-sighted whales, many of them over multiple years, continue to show some interesting patterns. For the third season I flew the drone to obtain overhead footage and this has proven to be invaluable in getting an insight into the pelagic social behavior of the North Atlantic humpbacks. I will be giving an illustrated lecture showcasing my underwater and aerial footage at BUEI on Monday, 14th May at 6.30 and 8.30. Tickets can be obtained on buy tickets or at bdatix.bm

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Above left, almost every time we are out there we have whales coming to our stationary boat. It may take hours, but it will happen. Above right the first wave of some 25 whales fighting over a female. They did this for about two hours and the aerial footage is spectacular

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Above left Cecile looking for whales. Above right Rosie sniffing for whales. She has unbelievable smelling powers (Rosie, that is) and can sniff out whales even if they are underwater. She gets a treat every time she finds a whale (Rosie, that is).

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Whispering to the whales to get them to come to the boat. It works. Time and again.

 
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