Posted by: orcaweb | August 21, 2009

20th August BLOG UPDATE: Breaching Fin Whale!

Once again I’m starting to understand that every second should be spent out on deck. If you want to experience it all, you should simply not leave it – ever! On our route from Santander to Plymouth, we left Spain late in the evening. This means that Pont Aven passes the continental slope (in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay) very early in the morning. So, today at around 6 a.m. the only one watching the ocean was our researcher Sofy. Not only was it early, but the weather condition was terrible – a lot of fog and “white horses”. She was rewarded though, BIG time, for giving observation a go. The reward was a huge Fin Whale, breaching (=jumping out of the water) only 300 m away from our vessel. It is not every day we experience breaching whales out here, and definitely not such a show from the second largest of them all – the Fin Whale. After seeing the whole of this animal, no one can question the meaning of our “GO LARGE” campaign. It’s simply gigantic!

Lena – wildlife officer

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