What Part of Hello Did You Not Get!

‘Hello’ said the whale as he swam closer and closer. ‘Hello’ said the whale as he craned for some intelligent response. Finally in frustration at their lack of courtesy he came rushing in fast, stopped, then gave a gentle nudge. ‘What part of hello did you not get! Ah …, memories of Tonga. I can’t […]

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Breakfast Gatecrashers

Out before sunrise we headed east then south from Skjervøy in search of orca and hopefully to observe their hunting prowess on the migrating herring. The orca hunt herring by corralling them into a tighter and tighter swimming mass until the herring school forms a dense ball that the orca force to the surface. At […]

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Downside Up

Downside upside downside up …. It’s quite irrelevant to a whale’s watery realm. Meeting George this year in Vava’u, Tonga, was one of the most extraordinary moments of my life and has set things in motion I could never have envisioned. I have already written about George and my first encounter with him in an […]

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Good Things Come In Threes

Or fours, or fives, or … in fact this year has been the most extraordinary adventure for me. I clearly remember these three male humpback whales during my recent visit to Tonga. They were showoffs! How they came close enough to say ‘look at us’ but stayed far enough away to remain aloof. They played […]

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