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williemeikle
06-18-2008, 11:36 PM
My summer gig is to take folks out to let whales see them.

This guy saw 30 tourists today. He's a 68 foot Sperm Whale, a gentle guy, but bloody HUGE :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3019/2590999034_00cbcc878e.jpg?v=0

WendyNYC
06-18-2008, 11:46 PM
That's very cool. I saw a small group of mother and baby humpbacks once off the coast of Hawaii and it was spectacular. Impressive animals indeed.

JoNightshade
06-18-2008, 11:47 PM
So, SO cool. More pics?

melaniehoo
06-18-2008, 11:51 PM
Yes, more please?

williemeikle
06-19-2008, 12:12 AM
So, SO cool. More pics?


Just two other good ones from today, but I hope to see him again tomorrow.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2590998020_c1fbf6c32c.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3141/2590163619_d6cb2035ea.jpg?v=0

melaniehoo
06-19-2008, 12:19 AM
Are you sure that's a whale and not a big inner tube? ;)

Thanks for sharing!

JoNightshade
06-19-2008, 01:29 AM
I want to ride one.

aliajohnson
06-19-2008, 02:54 AM
I want to ride one.


Wait your turn. :tongue


Great pictures!

I took my mom whale watching in the San Juan Islands a few years back. Then I completely ignored her in favor of sitting with the naturalist. We flipped through her photo album of saddle markings (I think that's what they're called?) so we could identify each orca. It's one of my favorite memories of the Pacific Northwest.

maestrowork
06-19-2008, 05:25 AM
Boo, I thought this thread was about III and cray. And then I saw the pictures.

Appalachian Writer
06-19-2008, 05:30 AM
Are you sure that's a whale and not a big inner tube? ;)

Thanks for sharing!

A REALLY big innertube! What a summer job! I envy Willie! Hey, my name is Willie, too. Think I could sub for you?

Chumplet
06-19-2008, 05:55 AM
Are you on the East or West coast?

Joe270
06-19-2008, 06:25 AM
Beautiful. Nice photos.

Ziljon
06-19-2008, 06:39 AM
I'm curious about ambergris. Have you ever seen it up close? Smelled it?

williemeikle
06-19-2008, 01:47 PM
Are you on the East or West coast?

I'm up on the NE coast of Newfoundland, near Trinity.

HeronW
06-19-2008, 03:41 PM
Years ago I went whalewatching off Provincetown in Rhode Island. This humpback blew bubblenets and dance on his/her tail about 6 feet from the boat. Glorious animal!

I hate whalehunting btw. Japan's 'kill 5000 for study' is a crock.

Angelinity
06-19-2008, 03:49 PM
My summer gig is to take folks out to let whales see them.

This guy saw 30 tourists today. He's a 68 foot Sperm Whale, a gentle guy, but bloody HUGE :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3019/2590999034_00cbcc878e.jpg?v=0

did he offer comments after the viewing? i'm looking for a whale POV.

williemeikle
06-19-2008, 11:12 PM
Well, I said I hoped to see him again, and there he was, in the same place as yesterday. And I got the picture I wanted as a bonus :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/2592771619_8a94db853d.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/2593608130_64b3089a3d.jpg?v=0

Williebee
06-19-2008, 11:18 PM
That is so cool. I'm jealous, too.

williemeikle
06-20-2008, 12:10 AM
That is so cool. I'm jealous, too.

If anyone is interested in following my whale piccies, I'll be posting them all summer and fall over at http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/

williemeikle
07-15-2008, 01:43 AM
Mid July, and the Humpbacks are here, hanging out and having fun :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3217/2669057974_41184e849e.jpg?v=0 http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3260/2668237815_4d425d22d8.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3074/2664474946_80364ff783.jpg?v=0

Pagey's_Girl
07-15-2008, 03:44 AM
Aw, what a face... :)

Chumplet
07-15-2008, 06:31 AM
Ooooohhhh! New pics! You got some good closeups this time. Kudos!

williemeikle
07-24-2008, 04:03 AM
A different kind of whale this time... a Fin Whale.

These guys are nearly 100 feet long, and cruise along like submarines.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3169/2697168226_7b3d8fd203.jpg?v=0


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2116/2696352987_f520e8e63c_m.jpg

williemeikle
08-22-2008, 02:02 AM
And to bring this thread full circle, I've posted a five minute video of the sperm whale that's in the earlier pictures.

This vid was taken yesterday... he was just hanging out, very relaxed and not bothered by the fact that we were within five feet of him. He blew on the surface for a while, then stood on his tail, with only his nostrils above the water, and just hung there...

This is going to keep me happy on long winter nights :)

http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/

regdog
08-22-2008, 02:19 AM
Great pics I'm so jealous that you get to see them and be out there with them

Beach Bunny
08-22-2008, 02:21 AM
Cool pics. Thanks for sharing this. :)

Judg
08-22-2008, 02:47 AM
Great pics! Great job!

Southern_girl29
08-22-2008, 02:47 AM
Those are great. I would love to go out to see the whales someday.

williemeikle
09-02-2008, 03:31 PM
Some new whale shots....

Firstly, a short video of humpbacks playing boisterously

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erqrCBqaU10

Then another Sperm Whale

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3267/2818586360_4f6a861432.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/2817736837_b27d272dc3.jpg?v=0