Andrew's Whale Diary
2009 04 6 data sheet Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

The North Atlantic Humpback Whale Research Foundation

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notes by Camilla Stringer

 

date

Monday 6th April 2009

boat & crew

Dom Perignon, Bob Steinhoff, Andrew Stevenson, Russell Whayman, Maria, Nicole Reed, Camilla Stringer

time leave and return

9.20

place of departure/return

Somerset Bridge

wind knots and direction

Slight variable, 10 -12 later, 18 – 20 building.

previous days knots and direction

 

tide-high and low

 

 

time

whales #

activity

place/

coordinates

dept (feet)

fluke photo # /

u-w video

10.26

1 a

surface, blow

 

 

 

10.33

1 a

surface, blow

 

 

 

10.41

1 a

surface, blow

Half a mile east of Sally Tuckers

60

 

10.45

1 a

surface, blow

 

 

 

10.50

1 a

surface, blow x 2

 

 

 

10.51

1 a

surface, blow

 

 

 

10.56

1 b

surface, blow

 

 

 

10.56

1 a

surface, blow, looks like a yearling

 

 

 

11.09

1 a, b

the two whales come together.  one looks like a female and has a large semi circular bite out of her fluke.  they swim together just under the surface blowing occasionally.

 

120

 

11.12

 

foam line

 

240

 

11.16

1 a, b

surface, blow x 2, travelling southeast

 

 

 

11.27

1 a, b

dive

 

 

 

11.28

2

surface behind the boat and dive showing flukes

N32 11 549 W64 57 303

 

 

11.30

 

 

Head towards Challenger

 

 

11.50

1

breach on horizon – the northern edge

Arrive on Challenger

 

 

11.52

?

blows x 6

 

 

 

11.55

1

surfaces beside the boat, travelling in the direction of Sally Tuckers.

 

 

 

11.55

?

several blows ahead – maybe two groups

 

 

 

11.57

2

blow – straight ahead in the distance seen every minutes or so.

 

 

 

12.01

1

breach on horizon

 

 

 

12.03

1

blow x 2

 

160

 

 

 

whales sighted in every direction. too many to record.

 

 

 

12.08

?

blow, no singing

N32 05 08 W65 03 15

 

Hydrophone #23

12.12

2

one swims right under the boat, the two meet up and dive together.

 

 

 

12.14

1

blow further away, every minute

 

 

 

12.16

3

trumpeting, they swim right under the boat – we watch the depth sounder.  they surface just behind the boat.  one has a chunk out of its dorsal – we saw it yesterday.

Crown of Challenger

140

 

12.45

4-5

surface activity all around the boat, contact between whales, s-curve, trumpeting, blowing bubbles, tail-lobbing

 

 

AS – video

NR – photos of tail-lobbing

CS – Fluke Ids

12.46

2

blowing together x 4

 

 

 

12.48

3

surface, blow

 

 

 

12.51

1

breach on horizon

 

 

 

12.52

2

blow x 5, dive

 

 

AS - Fluke IDs

12.55

2

blow, different whales, heading SW

 

 

 

12.58

2

surface, blow

 

 

 

12.59

3

surface, blow

 

 

AS – DSC237

13.06

2

blow x 2.  other whales blowing in several different directions

 

 

 

13.11

?

whales surface on both sides of the boat

 

 

 

13.16

3

blows in three different directions

 

 

 

13.18

2

two whales together blow x 3, dive

 

 

 

13.24

1

dive, behind the boat

 

 

AS Fluke ID

13.33

1

blow

Approaching SE corner of Sally Tuckers

 

 

13.49

2-3

blow

Heading south

 

 

13.54

1

blow - way off to the west

 

 

 

13.57

2-3

blow x 3

 

 

 

13.58

2

another to starboard, blow x 4, staying on the surface.

 

 

 

14.03

1

blow

 

 

 

14.15

1

tail-lobbing

 

 

 

14.17

2

barging, head pushed over second whale.  breach, lots of pec-slapping.  the Burvilles arrive. 

Centre of the crown

 

 

14.21

4

two, then three, then four whales.  lots of surface activity.  pec-slapping, tail lobbing.  also breaching in the distance.

 

 

 

14.52

 

 

Heading back to BDA, 8 – 10 knots.  13 nm to Hogfish Tripod

 

 

14.58

1

blow x 2

 

 

 

14 59

1

blow, dive

 

 

 

 

 
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