Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bahamas Expedition: A Long Day!

This post was written on July 6, 2011

A long day! Up at 5:30 a.m., off the beach at 7 a.m., on beaked whales by 8:15 a.m. First a group of six or seven, including two mother calf pairs. Lost them during a long dive. Then late morning, another two mother calf pairs. A short tow with them before they dove, but no samples collected. Threatened by a storm, we headed offshore and north, and found a pair of beaked whales, who stayed with us for over an hour. Roz sighted a defecation, and Scott collected a portion of it (using the method described in this previous post), so the first sample is in hand (so to speak). Wind picked up, so we headed in arriving home around 5 p.m. More tomorrow!

One of our Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB) off in search of whales! (Photo: NEAQ/Scott Kraus)

Two beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) under the bow of our inflatable. 
(Photo: NEAQ/Scott Kraus)

 The "beak" or nose, of a dense beaked whale (more on this species in a future blog)
(Photo: Kendria Ferguson/BMMRO)

Dorsal fin of a Mesoplodon (Credit: Kendria Ferguson/BMMRO)

-Scott, Roz, and Kathleen

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