2011 04 08- 12 hours on the water, one fluke ID which is matched by Jooke Robbins Print
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

After more than 12 hours on the water today in rough conditions we found plenty of whales despite the wind and waves but could not keep the whales in sight and only obtained one fluke ID. A lot of work for one whale tale. But it was good to be on the water and to see so many whales despite the less than perfect conditions.

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The one fluke ID we obtained above left. This was identified immediately by Dr Jooke Robbins at the Provincetown Centre for Coastal Studies as NAHWC#0551. This is a Gulf of Maine whale also known as Polar Bear first photographed in 1984.

Above right Andrew about to get into the water to find a mother and calf. They did swim by but the visibility was so obscure that no information could be obtained from the footage.

So far this year, thanks to Judie Clee and Dr Jooke Robbins, we have already made 16 matches to Allied Whale's North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue or the Centre for Coastal Studies catalogue and five re-sightings to our own catalogue of Bermuda whales

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Geoff Gardner cooking on the BBQ (hey, it's a tough life but someone has to do it!), and Camilla Stringer, Bob Steinhoff at the helm of the 44-foot catamaran Windrush, and Geoff keeping a lookout for reefs as we weave our way back to the harbour 12 hours after setting out.