December ended the year on a mammalian note with Rough toothed Dolphins, and "A Whale".
For an idea of the burdens I bear:
"Andy, what's the tale on the Whale?" I ask.
"What about it?" He responds.
"On the Sightings board, it says A Whale." I point out.
"Oh yeah, there was this tail." says Andy.
"Um, exactly....what is it? I gotta write about it." I ask.
"You mean, how big (?) At least as big as the boat." Andy tells me.
"As big as the boat? What boat?" I feel I need to know.
"Kiko. Jose and Darwing saw it, I just saw the bubbles."
"Bubbles? It was diving?", I surmise.
"Oh yeah, really deep I reckon........"
1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...9...10... all better.
What was sighted in the distance, away from the reef wall, was a Sperm Whale sounding. The guys just happened to see the top end of the downward-bound leviathan while getting divers in the water.
The Rough-Toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis) is a pelagic tropical dolphin found throughout the world, and is recognized by it’s narrow snout. However in 1823 when George Cuvier named the species he chose to focus on the roughness of the exterior of their teeth. He must have come across a photogenic pod.
December's scuba Certifications
Open water divers
Glen Thesslin, Sharon Khan, Josephine Wittwer, Johnny Bates, Graham Lee, Savannah Lee,
Craig Williams, Robert Eckert, Terese Reisinger, Erica Reisinger, Fredrik Loef
Advanced open water
Nadine Skinner, Carla Murphy, Cina Espejord, Fredrik Loef
Emergency first response