Our last week of field work was mainly focused on the 'cooperative bubblenetters'; a small subset of the SE Alaskan humpback whale population that learnt to work together to catch herring. They corral the fish into a tight circle while creating a net of bubbles to keep them from escaping. One or two whales will then sound a feeding call (often so loud you can clearly hear it above the surface), after which the whales will swim up with their mouths open, scooping up all the fish. Although from the surface you only get to experience a fraction of this hunt, it's quite spectacular to see up to 20 whales lunge at the same time, and I feel priveledged to have spent many hours watching this 😍
[Obtained under NMFS Permit no. 19703, taken with a telephoto lens]
Sometimes life takes you on an unexpected turn that you didn't expect but results in being the best road you have ever taken. That's what just occured to me!
This will be the first year I am not competing this fall. Most people compete in a couple of shows in either spring or fall and take a longer off season to build. This has always been a hard concept for me because I love being on stage.
But this year I was asked to take an unexpected turn down a different road. This is a road trip I definitely could not pass up. I am beyond excited for what is about to happen, all the lives I will impact, the security I will be providing people. I have never been so excited and confident about being a part of anything in my life. It's time to change the world 🙌
8115 September, 2019
To another year of incredible high energy sets! Happy Birthday @DJStellar, we hope you have the best day!