ACS Sees the "BLUE" of Blue Whales
by Esta Lee AlbrightReprinted from Soundings, September 2005
The trip was one of quality rather than quantity. In addition to the blues, passengers were charmed to watch a humpback mom with her calf that was born last winter in the tropics. The mom has a distinctive, tall and large dorsal fin. The calf has been known to play acrobatically during sightings earlier this month. Just to watch them swim together brought hope that humpbacks may continue to recover after centuries of disastrous whaling.
Wind brought whitecaps which may have obscured the splashing of dolphins that have been in the area recently. However, passengers listened to natural history from Nancy Black, Richard Ternullo, Esta Lee Albright, and Tom Keickhefer. Tom wandered the deck with strange objects that turned out to be bones or baleen or krill in glass vials, or even whale poop to be analyzed for whale diet information. His recordings of whales and dolphins were a nice substitute for the hydrophones he had hoped to use. It was a great day to be out with the great whales on a riotous ocean.
Many thanks to Monterey Bay Whale Watch for the gift of this fund-raising trip for ACSMB.
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Last updated September 18, 2005.