Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Whale Tale Identification


Hi all, in the process of doing a little bit of research for my whale blogs over last couple of days; I came across this awesome bit of information pertaining to Danie of Adventure Tours. Admittedly I have simply copied and pasted the paragraph from www.advantagetours.co.za, something I generally make a habit of NOT doing, however in this case I don’t think relaying the story in my own words will do it the justice it deserves, this is amazing stuff.

“Over the last 10 years of operating, Danie has been photographing the Humpback Whales, taking samples of slooth skin and DNA and sending it off to his Marine Biologist at MCM( Marine and Coastal Management) Mike Meyer, and was phoned about 3 weeks ago and told that there is a possibility that Danie has the largest collection of photographed Humpback Whale tails in the World.

He has now been invited to be part of a team of scientists who will be doing further research on the Humpback Whales that migrate between the Antarctic, the South African Coastline, especially past the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, towards Mozambique and Madagascar; at Madagascar the family group of Humpbacks seem to split up to the east and west of the continent before returning back South 6 months later.

With Danie operating on the St Lucia Coast he will be the main contact researcher on this side of the coast. Each Whale Tail is like a human's fingerprint, you can easily identify the whale from the specific markings under the tail....***”

Photo: Again taken from the gallery page on www.advantagetours.co.za

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