Season 3 is off to an auspicious start: we even started early. Day 1 began with an unforgettable encounter right out of the gates, in the first hour of transect work. This is a good sign. A bit nerve-wracking, too.
A very curious humpback whale stops us in our tracks on our first day of research in Season 3 (2015). We keep a respectful distance from the animals during our research, but when they take an interest in you, you don’t have much choice. All you can do is turn off the engine and drift until the whale loses interest (an hour later).
This and other memorable research moments can be found here.