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Mauru’uru roa ia outou ; And finally a huge Thank YOU!; Et enfin, un énorme MERCI!

Posted by: | September 24, 2013 | No Comment |

So, in summary, we took over 3,500 photographs, collected 34 biopsies, identified 29 individuals and added 22 flukes to the French Polynesia humpback whale catalog.

As this project comes to a close, we would like to recognize and express our sincere gratitude to the folks that made our work here run as smoothly as possible. The support of the gracious Guesthouse hosts and the expertise of our local captains at each island have been essential to our project.

Emmy and family

Emmy and family

 

In Raivavae—guesthouse hosts Emmy (Eléonore), Dennis and Teva White of Raivavae Tama Resort and boat captains Edmond Flores and Henri.

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Edmond Flores

Captain Edmond Flores

Our host, Wilson, (second from right) and captain Michel (fourth from right)

Our host, Wilson, (second from right) and captain Michel (fourth from right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Tubuai—host Wilson Doom of Vaitenui WIPA Resort and boat captain Michel.

 

 

 

 

 

Justine and Axel

Our hosts, Justine and Axel

 

 

In Rurutu—Yves Lefevre and hosts Axel and Justine of the Rurutu Lodge and the Raie Manta Club, and boat captain Adrian Manuel.

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Adrian Manuel

Captain Adrian Manuel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aline and her son

Aline and her son

 

In Rimatara—guesthouse hosts Kenji and his mum Aline Kato of La Perruche Rouge and boat captain Nati Hatitio.

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Nate Hatito

Captain Nati Hatito

 

 

 

 

 

 

John McClung, our tireless humpback whale fluke matcher

John McClung, our tireless humpback whale fluke matcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to John McClung, a Masters student at Oregon State University. To check for any re-sightings among years and islands, John compared the 22 flukes we identified here in the Austral Islands to our entire French Polynesia catalog of over 600 individuals!

Mauru’uru roa ia outou!

Alors que ce projet se termine, nous voudrions remercier sincèrement toutes les personnes qui ont facilité ce projet d’une façon ou d’une autre. Les efforts concédés pour les formidables pensions de familles ainsi que l’expérience de nos capitaines sur chaque île ont été essentiel à ce projet.

A Raivavae – la pension de famille Raivavae Tama Resort tenu par Eléonore, Téva et Dennis White ainsi que les capitaine Edmond Flores et Henri.

A Tubuai — notre hôte Wilson Doom de la pension Vaitenui WIPA et notre capitaine Michel. 

A Rurutu — Yves Lefèvre ainsi qu’Axel et Justine du Rurutu Lodge et du Raie Manta Club, ainsi que notre toujours souriant capitaine Adrian Manuel.

A Rimatara — la pension “La Perruche Rouge” tenue par Aline Kato et son fils Kenji, et notre capitaine Nati Hatitio.

Et pour terminer, un grand merci à John McClung, étudiant en Master à l’Université Oregon State, qui a effectué au jour le jour et depuis les Etats Unis, la comparaison des nouvelles baleines identifiées (22 nouvelles caudales au final) avec le catalogue de Polynésie qui comprend plus de 600 individus. 

Mauru’uru roa ia outou!

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