Monday, October 28, 2013

Moorea Reef Sharks: Mike and Linda's last research day

October 27, 2013

Well the weather wasn’t kind to us on the last day for Linda and I.  We were going to do some quadcopter work but the wind was blowing 25 knots…at least…making conditions bad at best.  We did get in a little bit of snorkeling when we went out to check the conditions. We saw lots of sharks and rays and got some identification pictures for Johann…and then came across a humpback whale and calf inside the bay (a nice birthday present for Jeremy!).  The humpbacks are here for breeding and will travel south for the (southern hemisphere) summer to feed.  We were lucky enough to spend a bit of time with a mother and calf.  They were both pretty animated at times and we got to see tail slaps, pectoral fin slapping, a few spy hops and a couple breaches!  Truly amazing!  They even came close enough to see them underwater.  Last night when Johann and Jeremy were retrieving the cameras they could hear a whale singing in the distance!

Below are some pictures from the monitoring cameras and our snorkel.  Linda and I head back tomorrow but Johann and Jeremy have another three weeks of work.  We won’t keep up the daily updates for now but we will put together some highlights of the research.  Also look out for project based videos for elementary and middle school classrooms in the next couple months … and research results as soon as we have ‘em!

For you Finding Nemo fans....

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