Wildlife from the surface

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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby oldsalt » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:32 am

YellowEye wrote:Wow!! What a great set of sightings! How did they find the shark and mola mola, just sailing by or via drone?

The boat captain, Phil Anderson, directed the Department of Fish and Wildlife and is extremely knowledgeable about sea life. He just looked for dorsal fins.
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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby ScubaJess » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:37 pm

Soooooooo awesome!!! :)
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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby YellowEye » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:42 am

Wow!! What a great set of sightings! How did they find the shark and mola mola, just sailing by or via drone?

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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby mz53480 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:06 am

Very cool--thanks for sharing!
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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby Penopolypants » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:37 am

What a great experience!
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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby Tom Nic » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:36 am

Wow! Especially on the Blue Shark! Thanks for sharing the pics and story!
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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby Gdog » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:43 pm

Nice work! Love that you shared that with us

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Re: Wildlife from the surface

Postby bradmond » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:30 pm

Thanks for sharing Curt, great pictures.

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Wildlife from the surface

Postby oldsalt » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:22 pm

Since I had to give up diving, I have explored the ocean and enjoyed its wildlife in other ways. I just took a trip on a charter boat out of Westport to view pelagic wildlife. I found this a great treat. In my years of working at sea, I could never stop to look at the things I saw. We primarily saw seabirds: albatross, shearwaters, skuas, fulmars, storm petrels, murres, murrelets, auklets, and much more. There were also cetaceans: humpback whales, Pacific white sided dolphin, Dalls porpoise, and harbor porpoise. Three species if pinnepeds, including an elephant seal. A couple of interesting fish: blue shark and mola mola. I could see pyrosomes down in the water column, now that I know what they are. I wonder if the mola mola feed on them as they do on jellyfish. The first picture is a blackfooted albatross, a magnificent bird with a 6 and a half foot wingspan.
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Albatross

The fork tailed storm petrel is not as spectacular, but I am amazed that such a small bird can roam the oceans and spend its life at sea.
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Storm Petrel

I was pleased that I could get a recognizable picture of a blue shark.
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Blue Shark

While not a spectacular whale picture, you can see why whalers called them "humpbacks".
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Humpback

If spending the day offshore looking at what the ocean offers appeals to you, I recommend Westport Seabirds. Everyone involved was a professional with impressive credentials.
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