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L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Feb 15, 2015 - 05:39pm PT
I got really awesome case of nitrogen narcosis at that depth

That's funny SLR. My diver friends say that when they're ready to check out, that's the way they'll do it. Painless and laughing to the end.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 15, 2015 - 05:50pm PT
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2015 - 10:22am PT
Orcas off Saturna Island last week. You will get a larger version if you click on the images.

L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Aug 21, 2015 - 10:09am PT
Nice orca shots, Mike!

I love the spyhoppers.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Aug 22, 2015 - 04:51pm PT
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/22/alaska-fin-whale-die-off-mystery
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2015 - 10:30pm PT
This time of year (including today) we have lunge-feeding humpbacks within 100m of the popular walk along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. What a great place to live...

pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Sep 14, 2015 - 08:04am PT
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Sep 14, 2015 - 10:27am PT
Week before last we saw 2 Orca pods in Prince William sound. The largest male in the bunch breached completely out of the water, with a 180 spin, twice in about 2 min. Very Special!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 14, 2015 - 10:56am PT
Something you don't see everyday....

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2015 - 12:34pm PT
I don't know guyman, I've now seen it twice today just on this page!
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Sep 14, 2015 - 01:58pm PT
Mike Bolt my buddy Wesley was checking it out in the morning then Guyman checked it out in the afternoon. pretty damn kool!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 14, 2015 - 02:55pm PT
Here's my best "whale-watching while kayaking" shot. Risso's in Monterey, video grab. They were breaching all around and spy-hopping, clearly checking me out.


I always thought those scars were from each other, not squid. But maybe it's a bit of both since so much white accumulates around the face. From Sarah Allen's book (which my friend Sophie Webb illustrated):

"when healing, the skin of the Risso's Dolphin loses its pigmentation. Scars can accumulate over time and can make the dolphin look as if it were spattered by white paint...the scarring that begins when they become subadults is mostly linear, although some marks are circular. It is thought that the teeth of other Risso's Dolphins during play or fighting may cause the linear scars."

PS - Depending on the weather, I'm planning on paddling a bit in the area during the week leading into Thanksgiving, Sunday-Wed. I might head up to Sonoma/Mendo for a few days, but I'll be back to do Cannery Row with my girlfriend that Wednesday. Or I might just stick around the Monterey Bay area the whole time. If anybody wants to form a small armada, lemme know.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2015 - 04:12pm PT
http://www.santacruzwaves.com/videos/humpback-whale-breaches-on-top-of-kayakers/

wear your helmet Willoughby...

ps. great shot of the Rissos
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 14, 2015 - 04:40pm PT
Mike.... I was talking about my wife LOL

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 14, 2015 - 09:14pm PT
Wow, that video is scary! The 10-15 foot Risso's make me nervous enough. Wouldn't want one of those leviathans coming down on me!! Heck, I wouldn't even want one surfacing under me in my boat. But it looks like that was a near miss followed, or more probably concurrent, with a capsize. The smiles say it all!

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 15, 2015 - 08:20am PT
Humpbacks don't echo-locate, Risso's do. I bet the Risso's knows exactly where you are and the humpbacks have no idea kayaks are around

EDIT: Risso's are really cool dolphins. Big, fast, active. Usually they are out beyond normal kayak range. Wonderful that you got to interact with them that way
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 15, 2015 - 12:08pm PT
The Risso's clearly know, and they're curious. They come straight at you like Orca, diving under the boat and making a shallow pass. Spy-hopping, breaching, all that stuff. The humpbacks probably don't care so long as nobody's got a harpoon out. I suppose some of the old-timers still remember that though - it was only 1971 that the last whaling station in California shuttered its operation. But I think most are just oblivious. Seems like breaching/bumping accidents like this are becoming a little more common: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31849179

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 25, 2016 - 11:35am PT
hey there say, ... bump for L ...
AND for whales, :)



ps, THANK you, L... got it... thank you very kindly
for getting back to me... :)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 25, 2016 - 11:47am PT

Awesome shots...

A Norwegian video:

[Click to View YouTube Video]
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 25, 2016 - 01:15pm PT
Is this thread a reference to these of us in the diet challenge?
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