You Can Still Hear The Whales

I didn’t think I’d still be able to hear them underwater this late in the season, but they’re still there. It’s not the cacophony you normally get during peak season, but this is almost better because you can almost make out individual voices. Sound can play tricks underwater. Sometimes you could swear the whale is right there beside you.

Kathy, who volunteers for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary (say that three times fast), says it’s the males who didn’t get to mate this season hanging back after everyone else has left, hoping to get a shot at the still-pregnant females after their calves are born. Life’s rough all the way around, I guess.

We’re in that transition time between seasons, when the ocean conditions change almost hourly and you can never tell what you’re going to get. A lot of tiny nudibranchs are starting to show up at Ulua Beach. Could be a good thing. Maybe it’s a continuing sign that Hawaiian reefs are on the comeback. Or it could be El Niño. Who cares. They make good subjects. My housing is still in Monterey being serviced (I was a few years behind on my yearly maintenance), so I was out there with my toy camera today (the Olympus SP-350 in the PT-030 housing) — no strobes, no nothing. Still feels weird going in without a real camera.