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Jul 26, 2014 - 02:36pm PT
Gratitude and awe. Good things to feel. Thank you whales and whale photographers/writers.

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Jul 26, 2014 - 02:55pm PT

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So Cal
Jul 26, 2014 - 03:30pm PT
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Boulder, CO
Jul 26, 2014 - 03:44pm PT


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Jul 26, 2014 - 04:01pm PT
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Jul 26, 2014 - 04:08pm PT
1989--Down in Baja. We were at Todo Santos, hanging with some boys from San Francisco-Out on the bay these big black boosters would come rising up. We probably saw about 40 that day. A really fabulous experience.
As usual no photos
little Z

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un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 26, 2014 - 06:43pm PT
some dol-fun we saw out on the Pacific here in Costa Rica

Common Dolphins, photos by Noel Ureņa

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Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 26, 2014 - 07:39pm PT
Mike Bolte

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Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2014 - 10:51pm PT
Nice little z!

from shore at Moss Landing a week or so ago

and in the San Juan Islands day before yesterday


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greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 14, 2014 - 07:21am PT
Wow! Good work, Mr Bolte. Exciting stuff!

Did you get the Orca shot from dry land, or were you on the water?

I saw a Gray Whale a couple weeks ago off Yaquina Head in Oregon - I heard it spout first, which is what got my attention. I got "pictures" too, but they just look like a disturbance on the surface unless you know what you're looking at.

That was only the second time in my life I'd seen a whale. The first time was last year when I saw a pod of Orcas off Cattle Point / San Juan Island.
Mike Bolte

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Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2014 - 09:08am PT
hi Chaz - was standing on dry ground for the lunge-feeding humpback photo

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Aug 14, 2014 - 11:20am PT
Lots of great climbing in Whales.
Mike Bolte

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Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2014 - 01:21pm PT
lots of these shots are just lucky flukes
Mike Bolte

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Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2014 - 09:39pm PT
another orca in the San Juans

Mike Bolte

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Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2014 - 03:10pm PT
Mike Bolte

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Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2014 - 09:16am PT
in a short walk along Westcliff drive here in Santa Cruz saw at least 10 humpback whales yesterday afternoon. Here is one lungefeeding about 200 yards off shore.



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Feb 14, 2015 - 06:39pm PT
hey there say, all...

does anyone yet, have more clues, as to why the whales have beached...

i have read of other stories in the past, at a different location, etc...

here is the link i just saw, on a yahoo page...
THIS is NZ...


ALWAYS sad to see... was this ever common place, or occasional, or, rare,
back centuries ago, or not...

just wondering if there are 'whale type folks in the know' here...

thank you...

California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Feb 15, 2015 - 09:44am PT
Mike--Your photos take my breath away. And you get most of those from land!
Lucky flukes...hardy-har-har!

TGT--that vid of a dolphin and whale playing is priceless. I found it interesting and sadly depressing that scientists think the "play" behavior is symbolic of the complex interconnectedness of species like these, as opposed to being symbolic of their superior intelligence.
the Fet

Feb 15, 2015 - 01:23pm PT

About a year ago the family did a trip to Ojo de Liebre Lagoon. Amazing to say the least. I still need to put together the photos and videos. I have some awesome underwater go pro footage of my son petting the whales under water.

The whales like kids so my son attracted them more than anyone else on the boats. It's so cool that some of the whales will approach you and allow you to pet them. The mothers will even get under that babies and push them up to you.

One of the most amazing things I've ever done, up there with playing with molten lava in Hawaii, gorilla tracking in Uganda, and climbing El Cap.
Sierra Ledge Rat

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Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Feb 15, 2015 - 03:58pm PT
PLACE: Kohala Coast off the Big Island of Hawai'i

I was solo scuba diving off Puako Beach with the sea turles, but I could see an endless stream of humpback whales swimming parallel to the shore about 200 yards out.

During my dives the whale songs filled my ears the entire time.

So I decided to swim out to where the whales were swimming, and hang out underwater as they swam by me.

Unfortunately I never saw a whale while I was out there. The whale songs were so loud that I thought they'd be right over my shoulder, but I never saw them.

So I decided to sink to the bottom and chill out and enjoy the whale songs. The water was about 120 - 130 feet deep where I dropped to the sand.

I got really awesome case of nitrogen narcosis at that depth, and I reclined on my back, looking up at the surface, and listened to whale songs with a really good buzz going.

What a day.
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