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Tag: Pacific Ocean

Tips for a First Time Cruiser

Can you believe that I’ll be boarding a cruise ship in California in just a couple of weeks? I sure can’t.

Grand Princess

Courtesy of Mircea Gola

But you see, this will be the first time I’ve been on something bigger than a BC Ferry and I’m told that I shouldn’t consider the Queen of Surrey to a cruise ship.

So off to Twitter I went looking for some tips. And tips were exactly what my friend Dixon sent me. In fact, he sent me ten of them. Continue reading

Kickstarter: The Lonliest Whale

One way I pass time on a slow day is to peruse some of the projects looking for funding on Kickstarter. While it’s often a hobby that can be hard on my wallet (seriously, there’s so much neat stuff), I occasionally stumble across projects that really connect with me on a more emotional level.

Like the one searching for the elusive 52 hertz whale off the west coast of British Columbia.

For those who are unable to watch the embedded video, this project is looking to fund a research expedition to hunt for a whale that sings at 52 Hertz, a frequency that no other known whale responds to.

Originally discovered in the 1980s, this elusive whale has resided in the Pacific Ocean migrating from California up to Alaska and as far from shore as the mid-Pacific. And as it sings in a frequency that no other whale is known to communicate in, it has been assumed that this whale has lived much of its life in solitude.

As someone who’s grown up on the coast, I’ve always been inquisitive of life in the sea and would be lying if I didn’t admit that the story of “52” intrigues me.

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