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  • Humpback Whales in Tonga 2015
    earlier seasons And finally breaking out the ID ed vs the unID ed calves below in Figure 3 the similarity between seasons 2011 and 2013 is again apparent but the difference in 2015 becomes clear There is a greater proportion of unID ed calves vs the two earlier seasons compare the orange areas of the bars Figure 3 Detail of Calf Sighting Ratio 2009 2015 Tonga Why does this matter Because if you extrapolate a trend line through the seven seasons depicted there seems to be a generally upward slope For what it s worth my subjective observation of the number of calves and whales around Vava u over the years agrees with what s suggested by these graphs Namely that the number and density of whales that visit the area each season has been steadily growing hurray I would note that if someone were to have visited Vava u in 2014 and used that season as a baseline then the 2015 season would ve seemed disappointing Such an impression would however have been inaccurate as this season is consistent with the trend line going back to 2009 This underscores the point that long term observation and recording of data is important Note that I chose the word data not personal feeling or belief or memory the basis for far too many opinions tossed out each season For anyone reading this who is particularly analytically inclined I will point out that my season this year was shorter than normal 19 boat days vs something around 30 to 35 usually I was in South Africa for the first part of the season so that cut into my time in Tonga A shorter sample period could certainly skew the numbers Based on what I heard from trusted observers I don t think there would ve been a big difference had I been present for my normal duration but it s a consideration Also the weather was more challenging this year than in recent seasons quite a few windy and rainy days I lost two days to the weather or almost 10 of my potential boat days By comparison I lost none in 2012 2013 2014 On the positive side the Vava u area had been experiencing drought conditions for the past three seasons so even though the occasional torrential rain kinda sucked the area needed the water Strong winds and rain can limit the travel area so prevailing conditions no doubt have an effect on the numbers I record It would certainly be nice to be able to run a consistent grid pattern each day for the entire season but nature won t cooperate The best I can do is to keep plugging away each season with as consistent methodology as possible and let the data that emerges tell the story that it tells whatever that may be At the risk of boring you with yet another graph here is one other possibly interesting observation about the baby whales this season before

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  • Humpback Whales in Tonga | 14 Seasons
    for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Home Journal Tonga My 14th Season Tonga My 14th Season I m about to get on a plane again headed to the Kingdom of Tonga for my 14th season with the humpback whales there Solitary humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae License image My visit with the whales this year will be shorter than normal I had an opportunity to spend time with southern right whales Eubalaena australis recently something I couldn t refuse photos and stories to come after the humpback season so my annual migration to Tonga was delayed by several weeks Given my shortened stay I m going to concentrate on having fun and sharing what I ve learned about humpbacks with friends I am not going to engage in my annual calf ID and counting project I know I ve said this for a couple of years running and ended up counting baby whales any way but my season will be half as long as normal so taking a break this year totally makes sense For my friends heading over to join me this season see you soon Sunday Aug 23 2015 Photography Marine Life

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  • Swim With Humpback Whales in Tonga
    Humpback Whale Trip Opening Humpback Whale Trip Opening A lovely couple has had to cancel their plans to play with humpback whales with me next month Life interfered with their well laid plans which is something I m sure everyone can relate to The trip dates are 7 16 September staying at Mounu Island Resort Please let me know if you re interested in joining this adventure Update Spots taken

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2010 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2009 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Places Adventures Wednesday May 27 2015 Flying Kites Photographs of black eared kites Milvus migrans lineatus in flight engaged in aerial combat and catching fish Kochi prefecture Japan トビ Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Places Adventures Monday May 25 2015 Grey Herons in Japan Photographs of grey herons Ardea cinerea in flight over the ocean Kochi prefecture Japan アオサギ Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Places Adventures Sunday May 24 2015 Adorable Amphibians Photographs of Japanese tree frogs Hyla japonica and a Montane brown frog Rana ornativentris taken in Kochi prefecture Japan Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Places Adventures Wednesday May 20 2015 On The Rocks Photographing unspoiled beautiful coastline and beach in Kochi prefecture Japan Fushigoe no hana 伏越ノ鼻 Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Places Adventures Saturday Apr 25 2015 Simple Beauty The beauty of a single jellyfish Portrait of Mastigias papua etpisoni from Jellyfish Lake in the Rock Islands of Palau Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Friday Feb 6 2015 Cigar Pteropod and

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  • Diving with Spawning Aggregations in Palau | Tony Wu Photography
    a normal day not a spawning aggregation day you ll probably head out around 08 30 09 00 and be back in the early to mid afternoon It is possible to arrange a third dive for the day given boat availability The boats are similar to the all the other canopied single hull designs used for diving in Palau they re well maintained and comfortable Blue Marlin has Nitrox available if you d like to use EANx and there is rental gear available too One of Blue Marlin s dive boats If you want to go for spawning dives you ll need to contact the shop in advance specifically to arrange those dives subject to availability of space There s no showing up and jumping on the boat Your day will start early how early depends on the tides and light My preference was to head out for the spawning dive then stay out for a couple more dives heading back in during the early afternoon There is some flexibility in this but keep in mind that spawning occurs only at certain times The fish will not amend their schedule to suit your circumstances Japanese discipline is pervasive The facilities are clean neat efficient and there s a system for washing and storing your gear so you always know where it is If you ve ever visited or lived in Japan you ll know what I mean Oh one thing you might want to pack is a mesh bag that holds all your gear That ll make it really easy for you to fit right into the system for handling gear The gift shop has really nice big mesh bags for sale if you forget yours I bought a couple because they re big enough to fit all my stuff You will most likely not be mixed in with divers from Japan Besides the obvious language issues there are differences in diving culture and practice Lunches are bento boxes which you can pre order the day before There are a couple of dozen variations from which to choose I love bento lunches so this was perfect for me Ditto for everyone who travelled with me If for some reason you have food issues it s best to let them know in advance Neoprene boat coats I looovvveee these Blue Marlin has a bunch of these coats available for everyone who dives with them to take out during the day and return of course Even though you re diving in the tropics it s easy to lose body heat I get cold quickly having one of these neoprene coats to put on after every dive makes life downright pleasant And believe me when the squalls hit you will wonder how you ever got along without one of these coats Neoprene boat coats from Blue Marlin Don t leave home without them Considerations for trying the spawning dives with Blue Marlin As I mentioned in both previous posts being fit helps A

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  • Beluga Whale and Humpback Whale Encounters | Tony Wu Photography
    the fool As part of his relentless Tony you have to do some cold climate stuff campaign Jon has convinced me to travel even further north than Alaska to Nunavat Canada which as I understand is in the Arctic circle I ve avoided looking at a map to pinpoint the precise location for fear of getting cold feet figuratively and literally Our purpose in heading to the Great White North is to quaff a Molson or two in situ frolic with beluga whales Delphinapterus leucas which have got to be among the cutest most charismatic animals in the ocean Beluga whales all over the place We won t be getting into the water but we will be photographing the belugas as they come in close to shore to socialise rub against rocks on the river bottom to slough off skin and just relax in the relative safety of shallow water If you ve seen BBC s Frozen Planet this is the location where the outstanding beluga sequences were filmed There is a river that runs into the sea and thousands of belugas gather here for a short period each summer Even though we won t be getting into the water we will of course be attempting to get underwater photos and video with various contraptions we re cooking up We will have access to kayaks as well I hear that the belugas will often come right up to kayaks Kayaking with friendly beluga whales Plus with the near perpetual golden hour light there will be ample opportunity to take photos of topside wildlife and gorgeous landscapes The dates are 26 July to 02 August 2013 and the point of departure is Yellowknife Canada We will be taking a charter flight from there to the lodge where we will be staying

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  • Whale Photography Trips with Tony Wu
    up end up needing to change their plans Blue Whales Sperm Whales in Sri Lanka Dates March April 2012 Availability Fully booked This trip requires someone who is accustomed to less than ideal circumstances can deal with frustration and can accept the possibility of being totally and utterly skunked Sounds like fun no To be a good fit for this adventure you need to be very very experienced in the water be easy going and cooperative and have a stable mature personality On the upside there is the prospect of seeing scenes like the images below as well as other potential surprises Sperm whale swimming upside down to check me out with sonar Blue whales swimming in blue water Minke Whales in Australia Dates 28 June to 7 July Availability One spot available Location Fly into out of Cairns transfer to Port Douglas Accommodation Liveaboard trip Minke whales have been on my to do list for a long time As far as baleen whales go they re relatively small running six to ten metres in length They re inquisitive as in they ll come right up to boats and people in the water given the right mood They re also reasonably easy to find if you get the timing and location right For these reasons I ve planned a trip Down Under to spend some quality time with the minkes that congregate at the Great Barrier Reef We re heading over during absolute peak minke whale season The plan is to get on a boat in Port Douglas on 28 June cruise overnight to minke central and sit there until we leave on 6 July to head back That s eight full days with minkes only minkes and just minkes We ll be in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park so we ll be following the well established guidelines for in water interactions with the small cetaceans letting the whales dictate the pace and proximity of interactions I specifically picked the timing for this trip based on advice from my friends John Rumney who is one of the leading authorities on minkes Down Under and Julia Sumerling who has many years of minke experience under her belt from working as the video photo pro on Mike Ball s boat To cut to the chase our trip will be during peak peak minke time For whatever reason the minkes show up like clockwork at this time and more importantly they demonstrate the greatest level of interest in people around this period Incidentally the minkes in this area are a subspecies known as dwarf minke whales which were first described in 1986 From what I gather there is still no population estimate for this subspecies and no consensus on the taxonomy for minke whales in general For more information about the dwarf minkes please see the excellent summary prepared by the CRC Reef Research Centre PDF file Minkes are inquisitive and some will approach really close Humpbacks Whales in Alaska Dates 22

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  • Trip to Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea
    The trip is for 10 to 20 January 2012 aboard MV Golden Dawn We ll be heading out to a submerged coral reef atoll system in the middle of the Coral Sea where the corals are unspoiled and fish teeming like this This is what my favourite dive site in the Eastern Fields looks like when it s rockin The photo above is from the most intense fish filled absolutely insane reef dive I ve ever done at a site in the Eastern Fields called Carl s Ultimate named for my friend and mentor Carl Roessler There s so much action that you ll want to go right back in or if you re on rebreather like me you ll just stay in for three hours or so at a time come up to scarf down cookies and chocolate cake then drop in for another three hours To give you a better sense of the diving in the Eastern Fields below is a video from my previous visit I ve posted this before but in case you haven t seen it please take a quick look If you have time next January this is an amazing trip that s sure

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