First few days on the water...

Today was our second day of field work. The first few days are always challenging and
I feel a little disoriented trying to remember where I put everything and how things work all while getting used to bobbing around in a small boat. This year we have a new GPS, camera, and hydrophone recorder to complicate matters. The whales have been helping us ease into field work by being fantastic so far! In two days we have already seen competitive behavior (when males fight to mate with a female), a mother with her small calf, an adult breaching in the distance, a singer directly beneath our boat, and tail lobbing! Here is a
picture of the whale we saw this afternoon, lobbing its tail repeatedly.

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