May
13th 2008
Yes, I am a true and evolving whale geek!

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Within the last 5 years or so, after going out on countless whale watches from Provincetown, MA, I came to realize that this “whale thing” was more than a passing fancy. I started going out on more whale watches from additional locations (still in the Northeast US) and taking ever more photos. I was reading whatever I could get my hands on. When I talked about whales and whale watching, it was transformative – people commented on how much more animated I became. Then one day, a friend cut me off in mid-sentence to say, “you’re a whale geek!”. She’d professionally videotape whale watches so she had a trained eye. I took special glee in stumping the naturalists with my questions.

So, yep, I’m a whale geek. Decided I should start a blog to more properly chronicle my whales watch experiences, post photos, talk about news in the world of whale conservation and protection, etc etc.

And when I grow up *grin*, I want to be a professional whale watcher. (Ok, this means doing things along the lines of naturalist on whale watch boats, research, education – whatever way I can be more immersed in the world of whales. If I am really lucky, I can also help contribute to our learning of whales. To that end, I’m trying to prepare myself for grad school. Will possibly talk about that here too).

In 2007 I set a personal record of 13 whale watches in a season, which is no small feat given that I live 2.5 hours from the coast. And I would have done more if I could. Let’s see what happens in 2008.

In any event, whale fans – welcome! :-)

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