Makes us feel humbler, when we’re, in the presence of these, huge, magnificent creatures, doesn’t it??? Translated…
I’d been, intrigued by the Southern Right Whale, with the odd shaped head and the odd shaped lip line, with the lower jaw resembling that of a coffee bean scoop, plus the upper jaw that closed completely, it’d become, one of the species I feel compelled, to see. They had been spotted, in the various locations of the Southern Hemisphere, like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina too, but, it’s, quite complicated, to want to dive down, to film these magnificent creatures.
like this??? Photo from online…
In order to chase them, I’d started this journey to Patagonia which had kept my fancies for many years on end, and, by the peninsula of Argentina, I watched the southern ridgeback whales, blowing out water out of their blowholes. But, there came two challenges, for actually, diving down: the visibility of the oceans was low, and there was the issue of the low water temperature too.
To get more insulation of heat, the clothes are usually very fitted, and so, every time before I dove, I’d needed to spend about a dozen minutes, to stuff myself like a sausage, into my diving outfit. Wearing this sort of clothing, you can only imagine how hard it must be, to turn my head around, to raise my arms up, and because it contained a certain level of buoyancy too, I’d needed to add another nine kilograms of extra weight on me, in order to dive down successfully.
And what of afterwards, after the film’s been shot, and I’d returned back onto the boat?
Naturally, I can only, sit, in all my wetness, to wait for my next opportunity to dive in again, or maybe, with my extended lenses, zooming in, on the various behaviors of the various large size mammals that surfaced. Argentina is located on the upper latitudes, after the sun rose up at around six, seven in the morn, it’d not gone down until seven, or eight in the evenings, plus it’s the start of spring, the end of winter, during the daytime, the temperature was only fifteen degrees Celsius, but thankfully, my warm clothes were enough, my snot kept rolling from my nose, waiting for the sun to go down, to film that dying light. The temperatures dropped off sharply, the wetness, the cold hit me from outside, and I’d also, needed to cope with the elasticity of the clothes I had on, keeping that camera raise over my shoulders at all time. And, as we’d finally gone back to land, we’d shaken, shaken, shaken our bodies, with our arms, disconnected, it seemed, from our bodies.
the picture taken by the writer of this article, photo courtesy of UDN.com…
And, low visibility was another problem for us. As we can only see about five meters, or even worse, we’re faced with these huge whales of seventeen, eighteen hundred meters in lengths, their bodies would block our views like that huge wall. And naturally, they were, swimming very slowly before us, but, I’d still felt so tense, worried about my safety.
And because of all of that, the babies are easier to film than the adults, the smaller bodies fitted in with our cameras, unlike how we were only able to film partials of the adults’ figures.
The very first time I’d encountered a southern humpback, I’d naturally borrowed my former experiences of filming another species of whale, wanted to locate the female, then, see how she’d reacted to me, the assess how I shall, film. But, these huge whale moms are usually, very slow, as their babies swam too far off in play, they’re still, standing still, unlike how the humpback whales that would follow closely next to their young—and this may have to do with the dangers in the immediate environment.
Anyways, the low temperature, the heavy equipment, heavy gears, low visibility, working long hours on the seas, had turned this trip very hard for me and my crew!
And so, this is how this man, brings environmental awareness to the world, by filming one of the world’s most magnificent mammals, and filming these wildlife is normally difficult, because there are so many things you can’t control out into the waters, and, all you can do, is to allow nature and life to take its course, and you are only, drifting along the currents and the tides in the midst of it.