Whale Watch Samana

Trip Start Feb 13, 2006
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Trip End Feb 13, 2006


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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

We started our four hour ride to Samana at 5:30 A.M.(4:30 ET) on a bus from CoCo Tours. We stopped for breakfast along the way in this outside place that was created especially for tourist heading towards Samana.

After a good breakfast of mangu(mashed plantains) mashed potatoes,salchichas, ham, cheese, bread and many different types of local fruits we were on our way again. We arrived in Samana around 9:30 and boarded the Victoria II for our trip. This boat is owned and operated by Kim Bedall who is a Marine Mammal Biologist.
After traveling in the water for about an hour we spotted our first whales. It was two males swimming side by side. The Humpbacks reach 40-50 feet in length and can weigh 35-40 tons. The white that you see in the picture is the long flippers. We followed them around for awhile watching them surface about every five to ten minutes.

There goes the tail!!!
Well, these whales finally got tired of us and left the area so we had to look for some more. We found some females and some more males, in particular one large male who kept flopping his tail but as you can see they are very hard to photograph, This is all that Roger was able to get from the tail swishing.
Okay we will end this story for now as we begin to whale wait instead of whale watch and remember this is not an aquarium so who knows when we will see the next group of whales, but we are now in search of a mother and a baby for our final sighting. More to come after we find them and begin our trip home.......

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