Posted by: orcaweb | September 2, 2009

31st August BLOG UPDATE: Excellent helpers and breaching whales!

PICT0041I have mentioned the “tail of kids” I’m lucky to have up on the helideck. Very often though, I have a feeling they are not aaaalways looking at the ocean…Yes, I know this “patience thing” is tricky, even for adults. Today I was impressed by the time some kids actually spent scanning the ocean as true whale observers. I’m especially amazed when the binocular is almost as big as the observer itself (I get “spaghetti arms” from less…).

Fergus & Felix observing the ocean!

Fergus & Felix observing the ocean!

 Bronwen with a very (!) heavy binocular. (You might think she was posing for the camera, but no! This little girl actually stood in this exact position for at least 15 min - you have my deepest rescept as a fellow observer!)

Bronwen with a very (!) heavy binocular. (You might think she was posing for the camera, but no! This little girl actually stood in this exact position for at least 15 min - you have my deepest rescept as a fellow observer!)

So, Thank You for all the assistance I’ve had out on the helideck!

I’m also going to remember today as the day when the passengers (and not the crazy early researcher up on the bridge – see previous blog update) saw a breaching fin whale! This time it actually came out of the water 5 times in a row, first 2 times we just saw the big splash, and the 3rd time; half the animal was above surface and ended it all with a huge belly splash. Such a cool sight! The wonderful thing is that on the return journey from Santander, about 8 hours later, we had another breaching whale! This individual also breached continuous times, and many people were up on deck to enjoy the sighting. Just one of those days out on Pont Aven….

(honestly though, we did have to work hard for those sightings on a choppy sea!)

Lena – wildlife officer

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