A whale of a time

Trip Start Mar 17, 2010
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Trip End Jul 31, 2010


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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, July 18, 2010

A whole week of whale-based fun! We couldn't wait to embark upon our adventure of living on the remote island of Flores, BC, sharing the place with a few hundred natives who control all the water taxis, some biologists, a few elusive river otters and about 30 whales.

We spent days on the boats; putting nets down to see what the whales were eating (tiny prawn-like animals that swarm in thick clouds), photo-ID'd them all and watched and recorded whether behaviour changed around whale watching boats to help the university students there to collect data for their projects. We also spent a couple of reasonably unfruitful days (in results terms) looking for Otters and otter poop for one student, who was having a bit of a hard time of it researching them, having not seen any for a week!

Sal discovered her scientific side and threw herself into the studies and helped with the transferring of all the little critters we caught. Sal also spent a lot of time quizzing the senior members of the team and writing up the results of our whale watching boat influence studies.

 Rich made some studies of his own when he found out to his cost that when you're in a small boat in a big swell and staring down a camera lens, you get sick! The tests were not just focused on this though as Tyler, our boat driver, told him that the 'sea foam' (read green scummy stuff) would cure his aforementioned sickness and when Rich copped a mouthful by accident going through a big wave discovered that quite the opposite occurred - Bleugh!
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