Week of Feb. 25 - 29, 2012
Weather: Highs in the mid 50's and upper 60's
Lows in the 30's and lower 40's
This group had some extreme whale watching days where winds reached at times around 26 mph while we were in the observation area. We all still had a great time playing with the whales. I had the chance to introduce this group to a male whale with the name of "Barni" short for barnacle. Barni had only acorn barnacles on his left side of his face. We joked that he must have been and left side eater. In which, maybe he would only feed on the left and pick up the
hitchhikers along the way. Barni is always happy to play with us. He must be around the age from four to six. He still has time to always play with our boats, which most males do not. Sometimes pacing back and forth to make sure everyone has a chance to touch :) We first met barni a couple trips ago and has been a great friend to have around. Even when the swells were building and most whales were only spy-hopping. He still came over to play!!! We had a great time sharing a whale of a tale with each other. Enclosed is a picture of Barni with
no barnacles on his right side of his face and whale we had named "Bam-bam." Since this calf could not control itself in the strong winds and current it would collide with the side of the ponga from time to time. Another awesome group to have around :) We star gazed with the planets Jupiter, Venus and Mars sharing the sky with the crescent moon. The constellations out here are fantastic! They are at times crystal clear!
All the best,