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February 3rd 2009
Whale videos

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I know are many whale videos out there, but I just landed on this page today on YouTube and wanted to share. The man who created this channel runs the Whale Video Company has several terrific DVD collections available. Watching these clips just makes me all the more anxious to get out on the water again. (Is it spring yet???) So, I wanted to share this link to his YouTube channel. I invite you to check out Dan the Whale Man!

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January 20th 2009
Towards a new day, a new era

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Not much about whales here, but wanted to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States today. It was a long and tiresome election process, and I feel actual hope for the first time in a long time. This is a man for whom science is not fiction but something to heed. I doubt, with the economic crisis and unrest around the world, that whaling by Japan is high on his agenda, but hopefully one day he will have a moment of attention to give to it and chime in. At least we can be more assured that his science advisors are real scientists and that Obama cares about the future of this planet (though I wish he would stop talking about “clean coal”). We have a place at the table again, from many previously ignored walks of life.

The planet as a whole takes a step towards being better off today. Here’s to a successful administration!

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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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