• Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

  • Photo by William Tan

  • Photo by Rantje Allen

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Monthly Archives: April 2006

Whale of a Season

As diving season in Gorontalo draws to a close, whales are showing up just off areas where Miguel’s Diving takes guests diving. Several days ago Miguel’s Diving staff thought a bomb exploded only to see a 12 to 14 meter long Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) blowing, sending spray up almost four meters. It played on the surface for half an hour before sinking back into the deep. The next day two 10-meter long Cuvier’s Beaked Whales (Ziphius cavirostris) passed, breaking the surface on their way east. This type of whale is common enough in Gorontalo that local fishermen have their own name for it. But yesterday, we decided to go diving in the other direction to find a newly discovered specie of commensal shrimp. Had we returned to the other location, we would have seen more than 100 Cuvier’s Beaked Whales sunning on the surface.

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