TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Whale Tales. This blog is currently under construction. It is more like a book than a blog because it reads from the beginning down rather than the newest entries being on the top. I will be rearanging things that don't work, rewriting awkward parts, tweaking it here and there and slowly adding further whale encounters with different individuals. I do appreciate questions and suggestions.

24 years worth of notes, observations and photographs of marine mammals I have studied make a very large pile. If I stacked all my notebooks and albums on top of each other it would be over 6' tall. Here they all sit in my office, threatening, like those National Geographic magazines in the attic, to collapse the floor with their weight. I have made many attempts to write a book but end up feeling stilted and isolated... I am not a writer by choice anymore than I am a computer geek or blogger. They are tools.

In that six feet of words and pictures there are stories, stories about seals that I have watched for eight years or more (I have started another blog for them), stories about humpback whales that have captured my heart, stories about how I ended up spending most of my adult life doing this. And they aren't doing any good making my office floor groan... so here goes.

In this whaleblog, I will upload photographs and tell the stories of my encounter with whales during my two summers (1986 and 1987) as naturalist on a whale watch boat. Humpback whales can be identified by the patterns of white and black on the underside of their fluke. There is Fissure, Olympia, Tusk and Talon, humpback whales that we met repeatedly and who seemed to enjoy our encounter as much as we did.

I have set up a table of contents that will help you find the major parts of the story. There will be a link to beginning of each individual whales story n the links bar on the side. There is also a link to a map of Jeffrey's Ledge, the area we found whale, and a link to a brief description of whale biology.

I hope people will ask me questions and give suggestions to help me clarify what and how I say things. I hope other naturalists who are doing long term studies of an animal species will add their thoughts.

Jane Goodall has been my inspiration and I dedicate this blog to her.