There is always one in the group.... 🐳 making a splash! 💦 Humpback Whales cruising along the southern Ningaloo Reef, spotted just off the coast of @gnaraloostation 🙌🏻 @saltydrifter has captured some amazing sights along our coastline this year 💦 It seriously gives us FOMO (Fear of missing out) 👏🏻 Miss out no more.... Visit us at the WALK THROUGH @westernaustralia PAVILION at the @perthroyalshow 🎪🤹🏻♀️ Pick up all the destination information you need for your next @australiascoralcoast adventure 🙏🏻✈️🚁🚘 CHECK OUT our story for more of our BIG days at the @perthroyalshow 🙌🏻 #CatchYouinCarnarvon#PertheRoyalShow#WalkThroughWA#Gnaraloo#AustraliasCoralCoast#JustAnotherDayinWA#ThisisWA#CoralCoast
While @cfamber and I sit in Fiji's International Airport waiting for our flight to Los Angeles, I thought I'd share one more whale swim clip. This was our first day with @dolphinpacific and we were with a mother, calf and escort. I was perplexed as to which one to focus on. Mom and calf were resting at the surface and the escort was slowly rising from the depths. I was fairly close to the escort, and he started to spread his huge pectoral fins, so all bets were with him.
I cannot wait to get home and work on cleaning up this raw video footage, and put together something I hope everyone will enjoy.
And don't think we aren't already planning the next trip for 2020!
I'm not sure how many times I have played this on loop but the reality of having swam with these humpback whales seem like a dream.
The calf was breaching excitedly when we were in the water, and for a moment I thought it would have fell on me. Momma & co. Had also rotated on their sides to take some curious peeks.
This is what is meaningful to me, experiencing the nature that I'm passionate about conserving. And trying every way to contribute -- somewhere somehow. Many thanks to @sunreef_mooloolaba for this experience! Taken with @gopro #humpbackwhales#queensland#conservation
Rp @belinda_vegan Rp @thesurfandturfsanctuary I’m just sitting waiting to give @govinslee office their early morning call. 360-902-4111 These whales are out of time. If you have called Please keep calling, if you haven’t called Please call. It takes less than 1 minute. Please give them your name & tell them where you are calling from, they need to know that folks all over the world care about the #southenresidentkillerwhales Ask them to breach the lower 4 snake river dams, the whales need fish. The dams need to be breached now, 2018
RP @pnwprotectors @cetacean.inspiration
A disheartening image of 15-year-old K36 “Yoda”, an endangered Southern Resident killer whale, has emerged showing her ribs protruding. This photo gives us an insight into the endangered populations struggle to survive. Her condition indicates she’s suffering from malnourishment and is slowly starving to death, which is a result of the lack of Chinook Salmon. K36 is a very valuable member of the Southern Resident orca population as she’s one of the few remaining females that could potentially reproduce. K-Pod has not been seen with a living calf since 2011. With the recent loss of 3-year-old J50 “Scarlet” and J35 “Tahlequah’s” calf, we can not afford to lose another member of this unique population.
The Southern Residents rely on Chinook Salmon for 80% of their diet. Unfortunately the Chinook Salmon population has declined in recent years due to overfishing and habitat loss in the Colombia-Snake River Basin, therefor they are no longer able to sustain the population of 74 individuals among the three pods that make up the Southern Residents.
We’ve lost a total of 18 Southern Resident orcas in the past 5 years and the number will continue to rise if immediate action is not taken. For the sake of the beloved Southern Residents, stop eating salmon, sign petitions demanding that the four lower Snake River Dams are breached, and call Senator Cantwell at (206)220-6400 as well as Governor Inslee at (360)902-4111 and leave the same message.
For every day the dams remain, the Southern Residents are pushed closer to extinction.
NO FISH = NO #BLACKFIS#orca
Wow...today’s whale watching excursion with well over 30 humpback whales (some just yards away from our boat) and literally thousands of sea lions was nothing short of spectacular ❤️🐋 #whalewatching#sobeautiful#humpbackwhales
These aren't great pics, but these are humpback whales several miles off of the California coast, in the entrance to the S.F. Bay, at Lands End. They are migrating up the coast right now and I watched at least 3 whales feeding, blow air from their blowholes, saw dorsal fins, a tail, an arm fin (all of these are in my pics)/and even saw one jump fully out of the water, but of course, my camera was pointed elsewhere, when it came out of the water. I got pics of the splash it made as it reentered the water. I was so bummed out! I'm going to go back and do some more whale watching, I had so much fun! Next time, I'm bringing a chair, my tripod, and binoculars. Does anyone want to go with me? 😊
Day 11 whale swim update:
'POETRY IN MOTION"
Yesterday was our last day on the water with the whales. @cfamber and I were able to swim with a couple moms and calves that day, but they were all on the move like these two. So graceful to watch as they effortlessly swim past me.
In another month these whales will leave these warm waters of Tonga for their feeding grounds of Antarctica.
It's been a fantastic return trip to Vava'u, and last night were able to have a few drinks with @dolphinpacific. We met Al two years ago during our first trip here, yet last night it felt like we were old friends catching up. Maybe next time we'll remember to get our photo together. .
[Mayotte, l’ile au baleines].
🇫🇷 BIM! Ce moment... quand on vous dit qu’on a vécu des choses fortes à Mayotte!! Cela en fait partie!!
Chaque année, de juillet à octobre, les baleines à bosse élisent domicile dans le beau lagon de Mayotte, les eaux sont chaudes et tranquilles, parfait pour éduquer les nouveaux nés avant de redescendre vers l’Antarctique et les eaux froides. @maxcoquard a eu la chance de voir maman & bébé depuis l’ULM!! C’était la cerise sur le gâteau!!! Merci Jean Yves de Tip Top ULM, tu es vraiment top! 😀😛
🇬🇧. AWE moment in Mayotte!! Every year from July to October, humpback whales swim in the lagoon of Mayotte, waters are calm & warm, perfect to educate baby whale before heading south to the cold waters of Antarctic. @maxcoquard spotted that family during his microlight flight! Lucky him!! Thanks to Jean Yves from Tip Top ULM Mayotte👍🏼
I think this is my favorite video from Tonga (split in 2). Forgive my terrible goproing, I was too excited. One of the times I drop the camera because our Tongan guide grabbed my hand to reach out for baby’s pectoral. 😳
Me, after: “I thought no touching?” Sione: “if they want to play, you play”
The last humpback that graciously let us invade her universe for a short but awe inspiring time. 🐋
The impact of this last week is still sinking in. I know how privileged I am to have this opportunity and am committed to being a more thoughtful and responsible guest on this planet.