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Humpback Whales pay us a visit...

Just about now the migration of Humpback whales begins as they head North from the Antarctic to the warm waters around Ecuador and Columbia.  They do this 'cause the babies must be born in warm water as they don't have a bunch of blubber to keep them warm...(thin skinned...relatively...).

 They belong to one of six Southern Hemisphere stocks that were almost all killed off before conservation measures took effect.  The good news is that they are recovering significantly! 

Now if we could just get the pesky Japanese to quit the wholesale slaughter of whales...we would be in pretty good shape...the fact that Ecuador maintains gunboats out a ways might help keep the Japanese from poaching on the breeding grounds...maybe a torpedo or two would also help...

Anyway, the ones we saw, or didn't see, as it's kind of hard to count whales as it is hard to watch submarine races, were five adults and three babies, we think.  The adults have nice high spouts, which hang in the air quite a long time, while the babies have much lower and rounder "puffs"...

We count them by figuring how many we see before the cycle starts again...

They weren't traveling fast and were enjoying the shallow water that is offshore...don't have to chase the fish so far...

They hung around for the afternoon, and then continued North, where , hopefully they will join up with a larger pod...

 

I did not take this shot...I lifted it off the internet...

 

Posted on Mon, June 14, 2010 at 08:25AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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