Cetacean Society International

Whales Alive!

Vol. VII No. 3 July 1998

Local CSI News

Cards by Don Sineti

Don Sineti, CSI Past President, and superb singer of sea shanties, is also a renowned illustrator, as many in CSI know. Recently five of Don's works were chosen for the Nantucket Historical Association's 1998 gift card set, a classic, high-quality format for his unique style. The Association will use these special sets as gifts to recognize and thank special contributors, and allow some public sales. In lieu of any compensation Don very graciously worked an arrangement with the Association that will have CSI benefit from all their sales profits. In addition CSI will be given some boxed card sets to sell as direct fund raisers for CSI! Yes, what a gift! But to make it effective CSI needs an energetic, committed, responsible person to help us market these cards, and perhaps a few other items. If you know of anyone with the talent and time to voluntarily help us please let us know. This can benefit everyone involved, especially the whales! Thanks, Don.

1998 Whale Watch Report

by Len and Lea Brown, CSI Whale Watch Coordinators

The stirring songs of Don Sineti filled the Province Lands Visitor Center on June 20. The room was filled with enthusiastic folks who were about to learn from a master of maritime music. Don always teaches by sharing information on the life of the sailor, off to sea in various vessels. We all enjoyed and participated in the music with a southern flavor, spiced with the influence of both the Irish and African cultures. Don's programs are always interesting and his voice gets better each year.

With the sounds of sailors' songs still in our ears, we headed down to the dock to board the Dolphin VIII. Dr. Carole Carlson, our scientific advisor and representative to the IWC, not to mention one of the most knowledgeable naturalists on the east coast greeted us warmly. Dr. Carlson set the trip for us by educating us about the area we were to enter, the habitat of the whale. Unfortunately, that is when the fog descended. Whale watching in the fog is truly a challenge. We did see a whale known as Splice on a fairly close approach. This sighting was followed by a bit of listening carefully for the sound of whales breathing. They were all around us, we could hear them but we couldn't see them. Just when we were getting ready to give up, five humpback whales were spotted. What a thrill it was to see so many together. One of the whales was identified as Splice, two others as Olympia and her calf and two whales not readily identified. It was a fitting sight as we had in our group Rachel, a member who has adopted Olympia as her whale. As the fog settled in, we headed for port. It was a wonderful trip, as always...a Dolphin Fleet treat.

"Lost in the fog": the CSI whale watching team never gives up!

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