Monday, October 7, 2013

USA to Oz

Hi Sea Fans!

Yes, I've been shocking the last month with writing, but I've got some good stuff to show you! :)

I got to work with Michael Williamson and some of his students during a special project. Fifteen students from Perth, Western Australia were working in the America learning about marine mammals and research. We spent two weeks in the Gulf of Maine and then one week at Friday Harbor, Washington observing (watching) and learning about Orca. At the end of August we travelled Down Under (to Australia) to research the Southern Right Whales, humpbacks, and any other species we could find.

Michael is the Director of WhaleNet ( and Vice President of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study ( He also works with a school in Australia developing a research database for Southern Right whales, humpbacks, Orca, and Tursiops (dolphins), as well as the Giant Mantas. He founded WhaleNet in 1993 to excite students about math, science, the environment and technology. And how impressive is this...he's an Associate Professor of Science at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he has taught marine biology, oceanography, physical science, ecology, and mathematics courses since 1988. So you have to know that this man knows his stuff!! How exciting that I got to see this man in action!


We spent a week in Friday Harbor, Washington observing (lookng at) the resident (those that stay there) and transient (those that move through the area) Orca populations. We spent a day at the Whale Museum checking out a gray whale skeleton,

a day sea kayaking observing seals and bald eagles,
Harbour Seals (Photo: Ken Thomas)
Bald Eagle (Photo: Tewy)
and two days aboard vessels (boats) observing Ocra around San Juan Island.

The two weeks before this we watched humpback, fin and minke whales on Stellwagen Bank in Massachusetts Bay. 

The 15 students from St. Mary's Anglican Girls School in Perth, Western Australia and I had soooooooooooo much fun!
I got to help prepare a satellite tag (that's a Pilot Whale skull behind me).
And the Australian bit I'll tell you about another time.

Chat soon.
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