April 7th 08 Print
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

 

The following is a reply to the flukes photographs I sent to Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic late last night. One of the whales we saw yesterday has been identified already! The photo of it is above. You can see from this fluke the obvious numerous scars from the teeth of an orca attack.

"Hi Andrew.

Received the five images of the three humpback individuals. Many thanks. I have matched one of them. The Type 1 (mainly white) whale with orca scars (OO27) is HWC# 2242. Interestingly, this whale has only two other sightings in its history. It was seen off Puerto Rico in 1982, and in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic in 1989. So this whale is at least 26 years old and has not been photographed in almost 20 years. Cool."

On the 13th May I received another email from Allied Whale with this message:

"I've got some more info on your whales. First, an additional sighting record for HWC #2242 - in addition to the early sightings in 82 and 89 that Rosie reported, we have a 2005 sighting in Witless Bay, Newfoundland (a popular whale-watching area). So now, in addition to being at least 26 years old, we know it is part of the eastern Canada feeding sub-stock."

 And also:

"Another match I wanted to tell you about is one of your whales from March 11, 2008 - your Type 5 (black tail) whale numbered 0253. This whale I matched to another old-timer,

HWC# 3186 whose feeding ground is Newfoundland. Its history is also short and sweet: 1980 - Newfoundland, 1981 - Silver Bank, DR. So this whale is at least 28 years old and has not been photographed in 26 years. Another cool sighting. I am still running the Type 3 humpback (0247) through the catalogue. I am almost done but no match. It's funny, that is the one that both Judy and I thought looked familiar!! I guess they all do after all these years!!

Cheers,

Rosie (Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic)"