Andrew's Whale Diary
2009 03 7 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   
Here are Camilla Stringer's field notes from the day. 

 

date

Saturday March 7th 2009

boat & crew

Michael Smith’s Sea Slipper, with Andrew, Camilla, Stevie Masters & Patrick Dill

time leave and return

11.15 am – 7.35 pm

place of departure/return

Darrell’s Wharf

wind knots and direction

 5-10 knots WNW

previous days knots and direction

 10-15 knots WNW

tide-high and low

Low @ 11.36

 

time

# whales

Activity

Place/

coordinates

Dept (feet)

Fluke photo # /

video/sound/

12.40

2

Sighting reported by Chris Farrell 

western edge of Sally Tuckers

 

 

13.20

 

No singing

N32 13 189 W64 56 204

60

Hydrophone

13.40

1

Blow

N32 12 210 W64 58 814

60

 

14.15

 

Faint singing

N32 09 026 W65 01 616

 

Hydrophone

14.26

1

Breach, blow

Approx one half mile from N32 07 592 W65 02 144 on crown

 

 

14.37

2

Surface heading N.  Very small blow seen.

N3206 972 W65 02 262

 

Hydrophone #22

MS DSC 367

15.01

2

Finslapping. One whale bigger than the other.

 

170

 

15.12

?

Blow and large splash

Approx 1 km on crown

 

 

15.19

?

Breach and blow

Western edge of bank

 

 

15.21

2

Blow

 

 

 

15.26

2

Blow

N32 04 698 W65 03 704

 

Hydrophone #24

Whale surfaced after 3.39 mins

15.32

1

Surface

Beside boat

 

Still recording

15.58

1

Surface

N32 04 901 W65 03 980

 

 

16.02

1

Surface

 

 

MS

16.04

2

Surface – travelling towards Sally Tucker’s approx 5 knots

N32 05 447 W65 04 001

183

MS

16.09

2

Finlsapping. 1 slaps both fins against its sides while surfacing

 

 

 

16.13

2

Finlsapping

 

 

 

16.17

2

Change direction

 

 

 

16.22

2

Surface. Change direction & surface again.

 

 

MS DSC280 – 2nd whale

16.25

3

No singing, 3 surface together

 

 

Hydrophone #25

16.32

3

Surface behind us – including the whale that slaps both its fins at the same time.

 

 

 

16.43

 

Breaching and tail-lobbing.

Continue in this behaviour until lost from sight on the horizon at 17.04

Heading home –leaving the crown heading  towards Sally Tucker’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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