There's been a nice run of Humpback Whales here in Orange County this November, and it has allowed me to make a nice handful of contributions to Happywhale.com and the extensive catalog there. If you haven't yet looked at this website I strongly recommend it. The data being collected by this website is a major effort towards understanding the movements of Humpback Whales from year to year and makes sorting through the mountains of data far easier.
I also saw my first Gray Whale of the season on October 30th! Early, but not alarmingly early, the slow trickle has begun but I don't expect consistent sightings for the 2019/2020 migration until mid to late December.
It has been a very long year, and though I've not found much time to travel in the second half of 2019 I still endeavor to make this year as productive as possible on the water. The 2020 Calendars are more than halfway gone and I expect to be out before January 1st! If you haven't gotten yours yet email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Price is $20 per calendar, $5 for shipping and free shipping on three or more calendars anywhere in the United States.
In the meantime I just want to revisit one phrase that has been very important to me since early in my career and grows in in importance with each passing year. The phrase in the original Hawaiian is "Hanau ka palaoa noho I kai" and it comes from the Kumulipo Chant, which is the Hawaiian tale of creation. The phrase translates to "Born is the whale, living in the ocean."
I strongly encourage anyone reading this page to check out the following link: https://www.moolelo.com/kohola.html*
The page is part of the site of the late Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr., a website I discovered when researching Humpback Whales as part of Hawaiian lore. I came across this story years ago and it still freezes me in place when I read it. I think about these things when I ponder why it is human beings seem to have this deep connection with the dolphins and whales that are simultaneously so much like us, yet so amazingly different. As my career moved on I learned that more cultures had similar deep connections and experiences I have had on both sides of the Pacific Ocean have had greater meaning as a result.
Hopefully in 30 days when I'm ready to write the next monthly installment I'll have more to report.
*Credit and gratitude to www.moolelo.com for sharing this page and the story contained within.
Cetacean Species Documented in October: Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Risso's Dolphin, and the first Gray Whales and Pacific White Sided Dolphin of the 2019/2020 Winter Season!