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Old 09-30-2013, 10:11 AM   #21
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Great photos! Thanks!
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:58 PM   #22
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Well, you were warned my whale photos are pathetic. An example from Alaska:

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Old 09-30-2013, 01:29 PM   #23
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North of Browning Pass, near Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, B.C.



I was in a skiff that ran out of gas, so the whole pod came to investigate.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:04 PM   #24
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Do whale sharks count? Two different ones from the Sea of Cortez.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:26 PM   #25
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Hi Larry,

I love the whale shark photos! I've been fortunate enough to be able to get in the water and photograph whale sharks. They are extremely gentle giants and will swim right around you (without touching you), even when you park yourself right in front of them.







More Photos at Galpagos Whale Shark Underwater Photo Gallery
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I have a few whale pictures but they are not digital. Back in 1992 I was captain of a Whale Watch boat out of Long Wharf in Boston, I often made two trips a day to Stellwagen Bank to see the humpbacks. I could recognize the tail marking of six different whales so I knew their names.
It was a different type of boat to run with quadruple CAT engines with quadruple shafts and props. If we lost an engine with 275 people on board we could still leave the dock and run at 18 knots, no ticket refunds if an engine was down. It was 104 feet and was certified to carry 350 passengers.
We had two grad students on board to talk about the whales but they had to go back to school before the end of the season. I had to learn enough from them and my reading to do the announcing, I really enjoyed learning and then teaching about the whales.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:08 PM   #27
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...They are extremely gentle giants and will swim right around you (without touching you), even when you park yourself right in front of them....
You're right they gentle and not threatening at all. Here's a small one going under the dinghy. We're just out drifting around. And the shots like you took.. Outstanding!
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:22 PM   #28
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:04 PM   #29
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Great pictures!

All of my whale pics are not close up.

This pic was off the NE corner of POW island (AK) at Point Colpoys. I always saw Humpback Whales there and at Point Baker. In the summer they are always there. I side swiped one at Pt Colpoys. And I "T boned" one in northern Canadian waters. I'm very Whale shy now.

Murray that's an incredible shot on post 10 in the middle. I was only 18' from the blow hole when we hit the big guy and I was holding my camera but also gripping the rail w white knuckles holding on tight. I had no idea the blow hole was that big. No pic.
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You need to get a camera with a BIG telephoto lens.............
Best thing I ever bought for use on the boat.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:26 PM   #31
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Agreed...great stuff!!

Eric,

Sorry to hear about your bumping into those whales; must have been unnerving. It's impossible to tell sometimes where they're going to pop up next.

I almost had a head on collision with one while sea kayaking in Grenville Channel, but managed to just miss it with some aggressive rudder action and a big sweep of the paddle. You think they would be keeping an eye out for logs, which must hurt if it bounces off your blow hole.

You're right, that is a pretty amazing photo my wife got straight into the blow hole. Sure is an impressive, formidably muscled piece of equipment!
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:34 PM   #32
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More really great stuff at Scott's site;

Scott Boyd's Emerald Sea Photography
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You need to get a camera with a BIG telephoto lens.............
Best thing I ever bought for use on the boat.
Drowned my 3-power camera tripping out of the Trinka a couple months ago. My new camera has up to something like 20 or 30 power.
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Hi Guys; No picture of this encounter but I have a story. This happened this past July in northern BC.I was by myself trolling for salmon, about fifty feet off a steep shoreline. The water went straight down and it was about 200 feet deep this close in. For some reason I turned to look behind me and I saw a large head of a whale come out of the water about 200 yards behind me, coming my direction, right next to the shoreline. If he keeps coming I can reach down and touch him as he passes by. At this same moment I saw my rod "go off",so now I had a fish on and a whale coming right towards me. At this point I was so shocked I didn't know what kind of whale it was, but I assumed it was a orca as they some times fish this close to shore. I very quickly horsed the fish in thinking the orca would take it, and ran forward to get my camera to get ready for the photo of the summer. I turned on the camera and the battery was dead!!! Now what! I looked back again and the whale lunged out of the water and right up on the steep rocky shoreline, chasing small bait fish. This time I saw it was a humpback and not a orca. I also had a video camera with me, but by the time I got it out he swam right by me underwater the whole way. So no picture to prove any of this ever happened. I had to go in and settle down a little after that.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #35
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Went out again today...two more Humpbacks, and we saw a couple more spouting on the west side of Douglas Channel as we were coming home. This time we were 30 minutes from the dock
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:30 PM   #36
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There is a Whale research station, Cetacealab http://www.forwhales.org/ that's been counting Whales at the south end of Douglas Channel since 2001. They say they have seen a doubling of Humpback Whale numbers on our section of the north coast of BC in those 12 years.

Today we saw eight, about one hour from town. This is as many as I could get in a frame;
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Stunning pics MurrayM. Keep them coming.
I`m sensing the nearby whale research station does not think it necessary to kill whales to study them. Neither do we. Japanese antarctic "whale researchers", please take note.
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Stunning pics MurrayM. Keep them coming.
I`m sensing the nearby whale research station does not think it necessary to kill whales to study them. Neither do we. Japanese antarctic "whale researchers", please take note.
Might want to jot off a message to Enbridge as well. They are the "Keystone Kops" (according to the US NTSB) who dumped 3.8 million litres of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River and who, three years later, are still dredging bitumen from the river bottom. They want to build an 850,000 barrels per day pipeline from the Tar Sands to Kitimat, then send 360 VLCC's per year (720 transits) through 2 very confined "Z" turns just to approach the south end of Douglas Channel.

Obviously, a majority of British Columbians want no part of it...

(Point of clarification: The several thousand page proposal is for 525,000 bpd, but there is one sentence that mentions its design capacity is for 850,000 bpd and their intention for making an application in the future to utilize it).
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Here's one from my wife;
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Those animals are amazing.
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