Rollin' with the Big Dogs

The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 7,500 individual species. From seaweed to coral, shellfish to sea turtles, marine birds to marine mammals, the Great Barrier Reef is absolutely teaming with life. Approximately two million visitors travel from all corners of the earth to visit this dream destination yearly, and it goes without saying that it truly is one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

However, as our ninth day on the water rolls around you can’t help but wonder when exactly you’re going to witness any one of these numerous identified species. Truth of the matter is that only a select few of the species ever actually break the surface, offering only a partial glimpse to the majestic world below. A couple of hours, several dowsing’s, and a dose of disorientation later you may find yourself lucky enough to be sitting next to a Humpback whale (an all white whale if you’re EXTREMELY lucky), but not without that bit of struggle first.

It is the reef that people are coming to see, and each day thousands of people board their chosen double (often triple) decker catamarans and head out to experience the high seas in comfort and style. Cargo ships pass through their shipping lanes on the hour, and the occasional cruise ship can be viewed ferrying passengers into the harbor. This area is not for the faint of heart, and the faint of heart we are not.

For the last nine days the team has endured extreme hot, chilling cold and undeniably unforgiving seas. We have fought, and fought hard, for every bit of data collected, but it’s the challenge of unanswered questions that keeps us coming back for more. Today, as we moved through Beaufort seven waters (http://www.bom.gov.au/lam/glossary/beaufort.shtml) with our quaint 6.25m rigid inflatable towards distant blows surrounded by only open seas and silhouetted cargo ships, it became apparent that we three were in fact a very determined, passionate group of people.

Eight hours and 107 nautical miles later, we have only one animal to show for all our hard work, but it is in fact one more puzzle piece in a very important puzzle.

So, as we make our way (albeit and bit frustrated and exhausted) back into the harbor trumped by a convoy of double and triple story jet propelled aluminum luxury catamarans, it has become apparent that we may not be a big dog, but we’re rolling with the big dogs nonetheless :).

Aloha,
Annie

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Comments

gangstergunzz (visitor) says:

I agree with you Beth. " PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION" has done a lot for the creatures of ocean lives. They are the leaders of the pack, the right word. Hope they will do much more better in future. From my side, I know one person from Axess Ultrasound, if you need any help with the ultrasound materials underwater to find the positions of creatures, please do not hesitate to contact me for your support. I will be more than happy to help you in every matter.

Kate Hill (visitor) says:

Keep rolling, big dog! Love it when you do the blogs!

Beth Salles (visitor) says:

I disagree Annie. You are the " Big Dogs" Those big fancy catamarans having nothing on you three. They only wish they could put those bigger than life words on their boats " PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION" The research and work you three have been doing for the whales they only wish they could do. So stand tall and bark loud because you are the leaders of the pack. By the way was that a humpback in that picture? because it kinda looks like an Orca.