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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Whales, whales and more whales!

So I went on a whale watch yesterday with some of my co-workers. It was a windy morning, and I was not looking forward to getting on the boat. I knew the waves would be rough. As we were waiting for your boat to be ready, I was looking around at all the tourists who were waiting to see their first whale. There was a family with two children not far from us. Dad was taking pictures, kids were eating (chips, candy, junk), mom was taking care of the kids. I told my friend, "look at what those kids are eating, their going to throw up on the boat."
Soon we were ready to get on the boat. No need to walk the wind will push me to the boat.
Off we were on a good start. The captain announces whale were spotted not too far away. We head toward the blow in hope of seeing whales. Not long into our ride there are whales close enough to see them. We get closer and the motor stops. Whales have been spotted. Cameras ready! Oh, so many people. I went inside and opened the windows. We were surrounded by whales 2 or 3 times. They were so close, you could almost reach out and touch them sometimes. A dolphin, oh, never mind it's a false killer whale. Yes, a false killer whale (basically known as a large dolphin).
Here is a pictures of one:

The whales were amazing. Almost all traveled in threes. A mama whale, a baby whale and the escort. Jumps meant they were communicating aggression (mostly "don't get any closer, or we may attack). Some tricks were mama whale teaching the baby whale. After an amazing 2 hours we were headed back to the harbor. Remember the kids, well guess what one of them did get sick. It was not pretty and it sure didn't smell good. They had to close the outside because it was getting too rough and water was coming on the boat, so all those bodies where stuck inside. I couldn't take the smell so I got wet by looking outside the window or staying in the back of the boat.
Well here are some whale pictures.


swell and sheepie said...

Great pictures Gilda. Glad you were able to see so many whales. Not glad that you had to deal with a sick kid in an enclosed space.


Nicole said...

I like the last picture of the whale tail best. Good shot! Will there be whales when we come there?

MauiGirl said...

There may be some whale still but not so many.

Anonymous said...

Great whale pics. I will hopefully get a chance to call sometime soon.


Anonymous said...

Gilda, those are amazing whale photograps!!! Sorry that you had to be next to sick kids... I think I would have been in line with them on the boat!
Again, thanks for the pix! Very cool!

swell and sheepie said...

Look Gilda,
I'm sure you've done something note worthy since whale watching... so write about it!