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Where the Beaked Whales Are

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I often think that finding a needle in a haystack would be relatively comfortable work compared with finding dolphins in offshore waters. If the dolphins do not approach the boat to ride the bow, the only sighting cue is the dorsal fin or the occasional

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Dee C (229)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:33 pm
I often think that finding a needle in a haystack would be relatively comfortable work compared with finding dolphins in offshore waters. If the dolphins do not approach the boat to ride the bow, the only sighting cue is the dorsal fin or the occasional leap. Add wind, waves and sun glare to create discomfort as well as tedium. Even when you find the dolphins, it is easy to lose them in the waves and whitecaps. It can be frustrating work, but interrupted with moments of excitement and the occasional discovery.

Today, we surveyed the offshore waters along the northwestern tip of Savai’i hoping to find rough-toothed dolphins. Previous studies in Hawaii and the Society Islands (French Polynesia) have found that this species prefers waters of 3,000 to 6,000 feet in depth. To improve our chances, we planned a series of surveys crossing this depth a few miles offshore of Asau, where we had anchored for the night. Although the morning began with calm seas, the wind and swell increased by late morning and the conditions for sighting the dolphins deteriorated. By early afternoon we had abandoned our survey track and were headed back to shore, feeling a little discouraged.

Then our luck changed. Just as I started down the ladder from the flying bridge to the deck, I thought I saw a blow.

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Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:50 am
Thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:53 am
Interesting. Noted.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:25 am
Noted with thanks. I love dolphins

Dee C (229)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:53 am
Me too..Rajee..Whales..dolphins..

I have been out on whale/dolphin trips so many times..I never get tired of seeing them..I have quite a few adopted whales..I was lucky enough to get to see Mars who was the first whale I ever adopted..I also got to see her daughter and also a grand-daughter to Mars..
Stellwagon and Jeffreys ledge is a feeding ground for them..In Gloucester Maine..A wonderful experience..I miss being able to go..

My son just went out on a dolphin watch in the Outer Banks of Nags head..Also a great area to see them..

Donna F (131)
Monday August 20, 2012, 12:22 pm
Thanks Dee! Noted.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday August 20, 2012, 1:32 pm
thank you!

Donna B (36)
Monday August 20, 2012, 1:37 pm
Very interesting and worth the read. Noted. Thx for sharing Dee.

paul m (93)
Monday August 20, 2012, 1:57 pm


Kathy T (54)
Monday August 20, 2012, 4:31 pm
Thanks for shared and noted it.

John B (185)
Monday August 20, 2012, 5:29 pm
Thanks Dee for providing the link to The New York Times science article by Scott Baker. Amazing read but disappointing they didn't get a chance to photograph one. Read and noted.

Dee C (229)
Monday August 20, 2012, 6:12 pm
Agreed John..that would have been awesome..

Past Member (0)
Monday August 20, 2012, 9:00 pm

MmAway M (501)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:05 pm
Thank You DEE...May they be free and out of threat one day!

carol k (17)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 4:55 pm
Oh this is all the info the stupid Japs need to go after theses precious lives !

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 6:33 pm
This is a much more long term profittable means of 'whaling' than chasing them with harpoons. Cameras don't leave corpses!

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 5:11 am
Some cultures associate divinity with whales, such as among Ghanaians and Vietnamese, who occasionally hold funerals for beached whales, a throwback to Vietnam's ancient sea-based Austro-asiatic culture. The whale is a revered creature to Vietnamese fishermen. They are respectfully addressed as "Lord". If one finds a stranded whale corpse, one is in charge of holding the funeral for the "Lord" as if it was one's own parent.

Justin M (2)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 5:39 am

marie C (163)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 4:37 pm
This was written so beautifully I felt I was there
Thank you Dee
Can not send a green star to Dee as have done so in the last week

James Merit (144)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 6:26 pm
Thank you for sharing!

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 11:51 pm
Very educating, I had never heard of Beaked Whales before. Their elusive behaviour might just save that species.

Talya H (10)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 4:59 pm
Thanks for the article!

aj E (164)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 6:13 pm

Dawn F (3)
Friday August 24, 2012, 3:05 am

Dawn F (3)
Friday August 24, 2012, 3:06 am

Azaima A (215)
Friday August 24, 2012, 2:41 pm

Carmen S (617)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 5:43 pm
noted, and thanks Dee for sharing this
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