Andrew's Whale Diary
2009 03 12 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

Here are Camilla's data sheet notes for the day.

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Date

Saturday 12, March 2009

boat & crew

Mike Smith’s Sea Slipper – Andrew Stevenson, Carol Gilbert, Kelly Wingfield, Camilla Stringer

time leave and return

Darrell’s Wharf

place of departure/return

9.45 – 20.25

wind knots and direction

NNE 5 – 10 knots

previous days knots and direction

 

tide-high and low

High at 9.30  Full moon

 

time

whales #

Activity

Place/

coordinates

Dept (feet)

Fluke photo # /

u-w video

11.32

0

No singing.  Upwelling

N32 12 139 W64 57 189

348

Hydrophone #1

11.44

0

As electronics turned on depth jumped.

 

10

 

12.00

2

Playmate reports sighting

NE corner challenger

 

 

12.11

3

Blows

N32 09 707 W64 59 536

1000

 

12.19

 

 

N32 10 073 W64 00 089

 

Hydrophone #2

12.29

3

Diving

N32 09 960 W65 00 090

 

 

12.38

3

Heading for NE corner Challenger

N32 08 525 W65 00 506

 

 

12.56

2

Tail-lobbing

 

 

 

13.01

2

Blows

 

 

 

13.04

2

Different whales sighted. Tail-lobbing. We change direction.

 

 

 

13.06

2

Another group appear on the horizon.

 

 

 

13.11

4

A group approaches the boat and spend over half an hour circling and surfaces very close.

 

 

Andrew begins filming.

 

7

At least 7 whales are in the vicinity of the boat.  Blows are seen in the distance in all directions

 

 

Kelly had video footage.

15.17

3

Logging.  Several whale are sighted around the boat, with tail-lobbing and breaching. 

N32 05 532 W65 02 049

Whales seem to be heading towards crown

 

 

15.52

1

Diving

 

 

White fluke

15.54

1

Breach

On horizon

 

 

16.00

0

No singing

 

 

Hydrophone

16.04

2

Several blows and dive

 

157

 

16.20

2

Peck-slapping, spy-hopping

 

 

 

16.26

1

A different whale breaches

 

 

 

16.30

3

Surface beside the boat

N32 05 136 W65 01 898

 

 

16.34

2

Dive

 

 

Fluke photo

16.34

1

Breach

On horizon

 

 

16.35

1

Blow behind the boat

 

167

 

16.36

1

Blow

Coming closer

 

 

16.38

2

Surface

Still approaching

 

 

16.45

2

circling

 

 

Andrew filming

16.53

2, 3

Tail-lobbing, breach on horizon

 

 

 

16.54

1

Another separate whale surfaces close by.  The other group are blowing bubbles.

 

 

 

17.50

 

 

It is time to go home

 

Andrew out

18.05

3

Surface & swim parallel to boat

 

 

 

 

 
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