13 days ago
encounter from our #fromkurilswithlove film. Although @tedhesser may have had a lot of sketchy prop destroying ship landings he did come back with this magical clip! ~
Words by @tedhesser:
“Rare footage of the most endangered whale on earth, the North American right whale. I captured this yesterday in the middle of Pacific Ocean, and can’t believe the rainbow created by its spout. These whales were almost whaled to extinction in the 19th century. In the mid 20th century illegal whaling kept the numbers down despite many efforts to resuscitate the population. Having seen a number of whales on our trip so far, I’ve noticed that most whales dive deep upon first sight of our boat. Whereas this whale, the right whale, hovered around the surface and near the boat for hours. We think that’s why they are endangered, and apparently is even where the name came from. Essentially they were the easiest targets in the whaling frenzy of a bygone era. A friend of mine sent me a note that @nrdc_org has launched a global campaign to save these magical creatures. Let us know if you want photos or footage, we’ve got a bunch now! Pretty stoked we were able to spend a few hours with this guy yesterday.