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Cetate Away

When I started the business ‘Wildlife Tours and Education’ in the latter part of 2008 I wanted to increase my knowledge and identification of cetaceans. To do this I spent some time with the Seawatch Foundation. The Seawatch Foundation is a charitable organisation whose main aim is to involve the public in collecting sightings data of cetaceans around the UK. Since then I have kept in touch one way or another and this month I took up an appointment with them as Regional Coordinator. If you see a cetacean off the Norfolk Coast please report it to me. Anything from a Porpoise to a Blue Whale; just drop me a mail or give me a call.

A couple of Humpback Whales have been offshore from Aberdeen for around a week now. I’m told they are showing down to around 100m. Perhaps the mild conditions are having something to do with them wintering so far north. By now they would usually be down in the tropics.

I wish we could get one wintering off Norfolk. Alas the sea depth here would not normally support the larger whales – although stranger things have been known.

In the meantime we will have to settle with the photograph below of a Humpback we watched off Boston Massachusetts a couple of years ago.

The white markings on the undertail flukes of a Humpback are unique to that individual. This ‘fingerprint’ enables whales to be identified wherever they wander in the world.

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2 Responses to “Cetate Away”


  1. January 29, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I want to come along with you and “capture” the whales.

    • January 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Iceland at the end of next month, Scotland in the summer, Dogger Bank in the North Sea during July and Canada’s St Lawrence in August is all on the agenda this year for Whales. However, it is locally here in Norfolk where most of the effort will go into seawatching being just under a mile from the sea. I guess you are only 200+ miles? from the Sea of Cortez so Whale photography at one of the best sites in the world is firmly an option for you too Mona.


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