Whale Whisperers

  • Unlikely allies – A Bryde’s whale scavaging behind a Thai fishing trawler Unlikely allies – A Bryde’s whale scavaging behind a Thai fishing trawler
  • Magnificent shot of a mother feeding. - Around her, her calf is creating a bubble net, driving the fish into her mouth. Magnificent shot of a mother feeding. - Around her, her calf is creating a bubble net, driving the fish into her mouth.
  • These gentle giants are anywhere up to 25 Meters in length These gentle giants are anywhere up to 25 Meters in length
  • Yet surprisingly difficult to spot from the air unless they come up to breath or feed Yet surprisingly difficult to spot from the air unless they come up to breath or feed
  • A good telltale are the numerous gulls that hover nearby hoping for scraps A good telltale are the numerous gulls that hover nearby hoping for scraps
  • ...But still difficult to spot from the air, unless you are very close by ...But still difficult to spot from the air, unless you are very close by
  • Top is the calf ready to start the bubble net fishing technique Top is the calf ready to start the bubble net fishing technique
  • Here you go mummy, open wide for a good feed Here you go mummy, open wide for a good feed
  • Happy to be together Happy to be together
     

Most people, especially local Thai’s are incredulous when they learn there a whales residing a few Kilometers off shore from Bangkok’s mighty Chao Phraya River in the Gulf of Thailand.


But the Bryde’s Whale has found its own unique accommodation amongst the busy fishing traffic for three months of the year.

 


 

Dr Kanjana and her team from the Marine Coastal Resources Department invited The Flying Scouts to conduct aerial survey flights using our trusted HS-EAL during the annual migration of these magnificent creatures.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We use HS-EAL for these missions, as she can fly low and slow with the doors off, and provides excellent visibility as a viewing and camera platform.

During the Whale Survey flights we are lucky to be hosted by the generous staff from Best Ocean Airpark,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some recent survey details for 2012 and 2013 Whale survey missions.

 

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June 30 2014

"The Last Farewhale..."

The call for action on environment and marine animals in Thailand. The Flying Scouts have been informed that one of the majestic Bryde's Whales has been found dead, beached in Samut Sakhon, near Bangkok.

 


(c) Copyright Flying Scouts. Photography and Video (c) Copyright Tom Potisit., Eduardo Loigorri, Marine Coastal Resources Department, Thailand.

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