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  • I Am Becoming A Fan Of Whale Watching, EXCEPT........

    I don't live close to a whale watching location. That could present a problem.

    I have watched whales twice now, once along the Pacific near Cabos, Mexico, and recently on a boat, off the coast of Maui. This was on a whale watching boat, and close to prime season. Watching those big Humpbacks was incredible! Even sitting on the shoreline, at various points, you could just relax and see whales doing their thing pretty much all day long. And if you are really lucky, you can observe one of them, up to 90,000 pounds worth, breaching - that is, launching themselves above the water.

    The story of the whales, travelling very long distances (in order to bring their young into this world) is so interesting. And during our whale watching tour, we were entertained by what was described as a likely confrontation between males, trying to become the escort for mom and "calf" back up the Pacific coast, as far as Alaska.

    I was so impressed that I could see myself doing this, perhaps even studying them, as a hobby of some sort. BUT first I have to move, because we just don't have whales in a prairie city, with a couple of rivers intersecting through it. I just don't think whales and regular sized rivers go together.

    But the good news is that we might take a little trip up to northern Manitoba (our province), to Churchill, which is renowned for Polar Bears, and Beluga whales. Belugas are of the small variety. But they can be fun, swimming alongside your boat. I'd love to take a Tundra Buggy and get close to Polar Bears in their natural habitat, and also visit the home of the Belugas, all in one short trip. Maybe this year.

    Anyone else here a fan of whales. Are you a "watcher"? Aren't they impressive!

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    I was going to point out tht you are in a landlocked Province that has mosquito's that would eat whales.....but you already did mention that.

    I have had a couple of opportunities to see whales and it was very cool.
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    • #3
      Last summer I went on an Alaskan Cruise. In Juneau Alaska we were able to take a guided boat tour for whale watching.

      I really didn't know too much about whales before.
      I was kind of amazed that every year the humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from November to May. During that time they mate, give birth and raise their young.
      Then they take the long treck back to Juneau Alaska every year with their young.

      They do this every year! In fact, one of the tour guides mentioned the name of one of the whales and said that that particular whale is the 6th consecutive year that they saw her.
      They know it was her, because the whales tails are distictive, like a fingerprint.
      Amazing!

      Have fun with your whales! Living in Denver, it will probably be a while since i see another whale.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EddieMac View Post
        I was going to point out tht you are in a landlocked Province that has mosquito's that would eat whales.....but you already did mention that.

        I have had a couple of opportunities to see whales and it was very cool.
        In all my years of paddling on The Red River, I have yet to see a whale.....then again it's a pretty murky river. I thought I saw some sharks, but it was just some swampland real estate guys going for a swim.

        You been to Churchill, while doing your profession?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by johntbronco View Post
          Last summer I went on an Alaskan Cruise. In Juneau Alaska we were able to take a guided boat tour for whale watching.

          I really didn't know too much about whales before.
          I was kind of amazed that every year the humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from November to May. During that time they mate, give birth and raise their young.
          Then they take the long treck back to Juneau Alaska every year with their young.

          They do this every year! In fact, one of the tour guides mentioned the name of one of the whales and said that that particular whale is the 6th consecutive year that they saw her.
          They know it was her, because the whales tails are distictive, like a fingerprint.
          Amazing!

          Have fun with your whales! Living in Denver, it will probably be a while since i see another whale.
          Hey bud, you know your stuff! Yah, those are the whales off Maui. They like the warmth of Hawaii!

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          • #6
            Dunno about Whales, but I recommend watching Sharks in Wales myself!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jaws View Post
              Dunno about Whales, but I recommend watching Sharks in Wales myself!
              That's a whale of a tale!

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              • #8
                Thinking back, I went by myself to the shore, to watch whales from a distance, a few hours before the SB. It wasn't a great observation point, but it was walking distance from our condo, and I could still see some activity from there. It relaxed me.

                Unfortunately the game changed all of that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CanDB View Post
                  In all my years of paddling on The Red River, I have yet to see a whale.....then again it's a pretty murky river. I thought I saw some sharks, but it was just some swampland real estate guys going for a swim.

                  You been to Churchill, while doing your profession?
                  Did you ever see the guy who used to have the Hippo in the red river all those years ago? ( you're old enough aren't you)

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                  • #10
                    It's not as much whales as just the entire experience of being in nature and observing, for me.

                    Whale watching is fascinating and enjoyable, but just being in the ocean and observing anything from seals to dolphins to whales is a refreshing way to escape from the world and enjoy the purity of the ocean and it's animals.

                    Living in Southern California makes it pretty convenient to see the marine ecosystem firsthand, so that's nice

                    Maybe if you got one of those saltwater pools you could bring in an orca or humpback to your backyard..

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Remedy View Post
                      Did you ever see the guy who used to have the Hippo in the red river all those years ago? ( you're old enough aren't you)
                      Rem, I'm old enough for pretty much everything, but I don't remember the hippo story. Tell me more!

                      (BTW....I don't think I have to remind you, but hasn't this been one of the worst winters "EVER"???)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SoundsOfSuccess View Post
                        It's not as much whales as just the entire experience of being in nature and observing, for me.

                        Whale watching is fascinating and enjoyable, but just being in the ocean and observing anything from seals to dolphins to whales is a refreshing way to escape from the world and enjoy the purity of the ocean and it's animals.

                        Living in Southern California makes it pretty convenient to see the marine ecosystem firsthand, so that's nice

                        Maybe if you got one of those saltwater pools you could bring in an orca or humpback to your backyard..
                        You are so lucky to live where you do......to observe all those magical sights.

                        I can't remember who said it, but someone was looking out at the Pacific ocean, on a calm day, and said that's it's not just the beautiful ocean surface that made them so fascinated, it's thinking about all that is underneath....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jaws View Post
                          Dunno about Whales, but I recommend watching Sharks in Wales myself!
                          too funny

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                          • #14
                            I often wish on the northern lights that my wife could find a decent pair of whale-skin tights...
                            Kenny McKinley: Eleven Forever.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CanDB View Post
                              Rem, I'm old enough for pretty much everything, but I don't remember the hippo story. Tell me more!

                              (BTW....I don't think I have to remind you, but hasn't this been one of the worst winters "EVER"???)
                              Before they changed the exotic animal laws out that way, some fellow had a hippo.

                              Now only Ontario and Quebec and I think alberta are allowed to have super exotic animals.



                              as for the winter, i've been racking up 60+ hour work weeks for the past 5 or so months... This winter has flown bye.

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