2011 01 04- The last day of the school Christmas break and no whales Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

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We looked for whales all along the South Shore yesterday, but to no avail. Somers gets bored and starts picking flowers at our secret viewpoint above left and above right we climbed the lighthouse and looked for whales until the sun had almost gone and the lighthouse was closed

 

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Above left looking our from out secret viewpoint and above right Somers offering me flowers after telling me, "There's the whale, he's breathing underwater!" That would be a fish, Somers, not a whale, but it does reflect her X-Ray vision

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Both girls seem impervious to vertigo

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The view just before we finally gave up

What does not seeing whales on a fine day like this tell us? Not seeing whales is just as important as seeing them, especially if we have made a concerted effort. I'd hazard a guess that there might be an upwelling somewhere on the Bermuda platform or Challenger or Argus Banks and these 'winter' whales have congregated there, as I have observed in the past. But perhaps the non-appearance of whales tells us something else. We've had terrible winter storms for almost a month with high winds and waves. Were the whales we observed over the three days of the holiday weekend in fact migrating south, contrary to what I have been saying, and had stopped here for a rest? Could heavily pregnant females need to rest in the lee of Bermuda after crossing a storm-tossed ocean? The whales are still arriving in the Caribbean so could these whales be sheltering here temporarily before continuing south? Where did they come from if this is the case? As I have noted many times over the last five seasons, the more I observe about the humpbacks' pelagic behaviour, the more questions I have.

 
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