Whale watching on the Pacific

Well, I said the blog was closed but I can’t resist putting up these images, which you need to click to enlarge.

These are humpback whales, as seen from a boat several miles off the coast of Mazatlan. At one point, as they burst skyward as if out of nowhere, they seemed so close we could touch them. They are fiendishly difficult to photograph as they appear so suddenly and then disappear even faster into the deep.

After they’ve leapt up, the two whales plunge back downwards in perfect synchronicity, their huge tails hitting the water like spatulas. (Again, click to enlarge.)

A wonderful trip so far.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 3 Comments

BEAUTIFUL! So glad you’re having fun!

February 14, 2013 @ 4:58 pm | Comment

They are truly an awesome sight. Glad you’re getting a chance to experience it. The power they generate in the water to launch themselves into air is so impressive.

February 18, 2013 @ 11:59 am | Comment

Such a beautiful (and intelligent) creature and yet the Japanese continue to show no conscience and mercy by hurting them down recklessly, before drowning the meats dripped with blood, together with sake. The morality of the Japanese is real sickening.

February 25, 2013 @ 4:58 pm | Comment

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