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#21 yahsemtough

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:53 AM

I am speechless. Great work to all of you.

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#22 MIKE POWELL

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:33 AM

Killer shots guys! Have to put that on my trip list.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:49 AM

Great shots, real stunning ones in there.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:24 AM

Fantastic shots!

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:22 AM

Jeff -- we went to some tourist Creole place. All the local places (except for the super-loud bar types) seem to be closed on Friday nights. Where should we go for good, quick food??

I found a lot of good food, but nothing quick. Best service by far was the restaurant at the Fort Young Hotel. There was a Chinese place in one of the side streets behind the war memorial that service was pretty good.
There's a place across the road from the Fort Young that's really good but plan to make a night of it.
You guys have some spectacular images; viz looks crystal!
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 01:46 PM

The viz is endless, the weather is awesome, the whales are interacting like crazy. Today we had up to 11 or so whales together. Julie and I are used to being in St Croix, so island time comes natural. Nothing moves fast in the Caribbean except for the whales at times!
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 01:55 PM

Epic images you guys, I am so jealous!! The vis looks absolutely incredible!!

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 02:10 PM

Today we had up to 11 or so whales together.



That's nuts! Hey guys, can you feel them using their "sonar" to try and figure out what those strange oddly shaped things are in the water with them?

That must be a live altering experience, we're all with you vicariously, more pictures please.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:24 PM

DAY 2! Sperm whale social group escalation! :)

I've posted a bunch of text on my webpage:
http://echeng.com/jo...dominica-day-2/

Summary: we had a fantastic social group encounter, as well as the appearance of a large male

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Seven sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rub up against each other while socializing. In total, there were eleven whales together. echeng100130_0249186. Photo taken under permit in Dominica.

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Six sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rub up against each other while socializing. In total, there were eleven whales together. echeng100130_0249214. Photo taken under permit in Dominica.

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Six sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rub up against each other while socializing. In total, there were eleven whales together. echeng100130_0249235. Photo taken under permit in Dominica.

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A group of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rub up against each other while socializing. echeng100130_0249251. Photo taken under permit in Dominica.

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Split image of a group of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rubbing up against each other while socializing. echeng100130_0249312. Photo taken under permit in Dominica.

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A group of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rub up against each other while socializing. echeng100130_0249324. Photo taken under permit in Dominica.

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A group of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) rub up against each other while socializing. echeng100130_0249364. Photo taken under permit in Dominica.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 03:50 PM

Just spectacular Eric!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:06 PM

Wow, awesome work guys!

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:02 PM

Fantastic shots!! This trip is now on my "to do" list...
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:44 PM

Here's a snap from today's action of Eric + a handful of sperm whales:

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:11 PM

:) at a loss for words
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:12 PM

What a fantastic experience and amazing photos, wow. I really appreciate you sharing these photos here. 11 sperm whales, how cool is that???

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:02 PM

What a fantastic experience and amazing photos, wow. I really appreciate you sharing these photos here. 11 sperm whales, how cool is that???

Excellent photos guys. I want to hear more about the large male. How big was he and did he interact at all with the swimmers like the females and juveniles or did he behave differently? There were no large bulls in the water when we were there in November - only females and juveniles.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:55 AM

stunning work, reminds me what a truly special place that country is

keep 'em coming

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:01 AM

Excellent pics guys! Sitting here in the snow feeling very jealous.

How does one arrange for a permit?

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:48 AM

The pictures say it all, well done

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:29 PM

Great shots. with the top that Eric was weraing, I assume the water temperature was warm?
Wish I was there. 11 whales at once, anyone get a photo of all 11?