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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:04 PM

I think it's in the low 80s. It gets totally warm when you start swimming. :)

I have a photo with 8 or 9 in the frame. I'm not sure if anyone has a shot with more. Tony saw 13 in the water today, but it was impossible to get all of them in the frame at once!
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:11 PM

We have a bad shot with 9, and decent shots with 8. It's hard to get that many in the frame.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:33 PM

Here is one from yesterday. "Human for Scale"

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:41 PM

My jaw is still hanging open from that pic, Cor. Absolutely awesome!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:25 PM

That looks like Scar. 2 divots on the right fluke and one on the left.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 04:56 PM

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 05:02 PM

That looks like Scar. 2 divots on the right fluke and one on the left.

Peter, I asked you not to call attention to yourself on Wetpixel. I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to ban your newest username, 'Dr. Who'.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 05:43 PM

Two images of a baby sperm whale that was among the 13 that we saw today:

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:28 PM

Day 3!
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A group of five sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) including a small calf. The black debris in the water is skin sloughed off from all of the rubbing.

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Nine sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Three were hanging face up with their eyes closed. Two are hanging face down. Three accompany a small calf in the distance.

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Tony Wu photographs a sperm whale with a tiny Sony Cybershot.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:35 PM

Eric, et al,

Awesome photos, you have been very lucky to find pods each day.

When you encountered the mature male, did he show any aggression?

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:41 PM

Elmer - no, he did not show any signs of aggression. He came within a few meters of me while the group swam by, but otherwise, seemed to stay on the outside of group interactions (with us).
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:50 PM

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This may look like a black plastic bag, but it's actually sperm whale skin, which is constantly being shed.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:07 PM

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:17 PM

Here is one from yesterday. "Human for Scale"

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I believe I would be adding quite redundant internal moisture to my wetsuit, were I in that position. And yes, I'm still envious. But I gotta admit, that would just have to be intimidating as heck! Them sperm whales ain't no baleen feeders....

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:36 PM

amazing images all! - keep them coming!

Cor - "Human for scale" - WOW!
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Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:01 AM

Here's a shot of the large bull in action:

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:42 AM

This is just incredible!!! you all have incredible shots!!!

Could you explain a little more how the permit is obtained and what it comprehends? Thank you and congratulations again!!!
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Posted 01 February 2010 - 05:34 AM

What else can I add. Superb encounters.

Tony, that last group shot is awesome, heck they all rock! Good job everyone.

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 06:43 AM

Fantastic! Speechless! Envious!

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 08:06 AM

Tony or Eric:
Any guess on how much bigger the large bull was than the females? Did you notice if it was mature enough to have a mouth with a full set of teeth?
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