Summer in the sea

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Summer in the sea

Postby Alexandre Roux » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:22 am

Hi !

I've been near Toulon and Nice in the beginning of July to see marine mammals, and that was a very nice experience, see it by yourself:

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Caretta caretta

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Caretta caretta

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Balaenoptera physalus

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Balaenoptera physalus

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Physeter macrocephalus

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Tursiops truncatus

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Tursiops truncatus

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Tursiops truncatus

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Tursiops truncatus

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Tursiops truncatus

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Tursiops truncatus

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Tursiops truncatus

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Stenella coeruleoalba

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Stenella coeruleoalba

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Balaenoptera physalus

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Globicephala melas
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Mario Schweiger » Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:16 pm

Great shots of whales, really ;)
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Daniel Kane » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:01 pm

Very nice! Did you see these animals while working as a volunteer or as a tourist? I had a week volunteering at the AWF in Tenerife, back in November 2010. I didn't see as many species as you did - 'only' short-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins, but it was still great! I can't imagine how small you must feel when in the presence of some of these giants (Balaenoptera, Physeter...)
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:30 pm

last pic is really awesome imho
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:39 pm

Cool! Thanks for sharing!!!
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Bobby Bok » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:51 pm

You didnt just see these amazing animals but you managed to make some amazing shots as well, really nice!
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Alexandre Roux » Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:00 pm

I was tourist (I made 2 excursions) and I've been very lucky !
Thanks for the comments !
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Martti Niskanen » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:25 pm

Wow! Great stuff!
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Guillaume Gomard » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:40 am

Very cool Alex! The Caretta caretta is a really nice observation. I remember that some years ago, while crossing the sea to reach Corsica from Toulon, I could also observe many dolphins following the ferry boat in the water turbulences, it was a funny moment. Close to Porquerolles I also managed to observe whales, but not as close as you did here. Looking for those animals is a very relevant alternative to herping during those hot days. For those who plan to go in South of France, it seems that the weather will be more appropriate now...
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Re: Summer in the sea

Postby Alexandre Roux » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:09 am

I've seen 6 C.caretta in one day ! That was 2 very succesfull excursions (better than expected).
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