Day 17/35 – Part 5/5

Sperm Whale Number 4

At 15:30 I am going again. In general I take two whaling tours in the same day. The first time in the morning and the second in the afternoon. In the middle of the day there is too much light and the morning differs from the afternoon. It also takes some time to really get into it. If the vessel rocks a bit too rough while the tailfin of a whale goes up in the air or if someone steps in front of it you have nothing. Making bad exposures is easy too. This morning I noticed I was using 1/800 second but zoomed in on the tail it was only 1/80 and that is just too low on a moving boat with a long lens. I also discovered that I forgot to switch on the image stabilizer. It photographs a lot more relaxed with a couple of good photographs in my pocket. Who knows what will be added in the next few hours.

This trip goes a bit different than the previous one. The first whale we encounter is an old friend. He has been here for the last 20 years. Maybe I have seen him 10 years ago already. One can recognize him by the triangular dorsal fin.

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

This whale is very relaxed. Most likely he is used to all the attention from the boat.

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

This photograph shows his bubbly layer of blubber.

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

All the scars indicate that the huge octopusses at a depth of well over 1000 meter are not exacly easy pray.

Sperm Whale

A nice rainbow in the cloud exhaled water.

Sperm Whale

After a quarter of an hour it’s time for the next dive.

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale

The only remaining is the footprint, that stays on the water for minutes.

Sperm Whale

The ocean is a lot wilder than this morning. I have the best view on the whales from the upper deck, but the movements are a lot wilder here. The crews almost forces us to leave the bags inside the cabin. I indeed leave it there in the beginning but it doesn’t feel good. Everybody is looking at the whales and it only takes one with loose hands. I am rather not exposed to that risk and pick up the bag. Although keeping my balance with a 15 kilo backpack on the upper deck is much more difficult. The bag works like a kind of counterweight that disturbs your balance even more. The crew is looking warely at my struggles, like ’We told you not to, right?’ They are right, it’s not a wise thing to do, but if I leave it in the cabin, I will be worrying about it constantly. It’ll just have to do.

Hereafter the vessel starts looking for the next whale. Along the way we see a couple of albatrosses paddling on the surface.

Albatros

Albatros

Albatros

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, New Zealand Late Summer 2011, Day 17

Download the original gpx file gpx file here.

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