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Mama, the Klamath River Whale, Swimming in River 48 Days, 8/10/11

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Mama, the Klamath River Whale, Spouting Rainbows

Friday will mark 50 days in the river.   This beautiful gray whale is still swimming circles beneath the bridge, cars are still stopping and asking,  “What is down there?”   “A whale?  You are kidding.”  Highway Patrol is parked at both ends of the bridge and  miles before the bridge in either direction highway warning signs are flashing a warning of bridge pedestrians.    The river is getting lower.   In the image below, kayakers were standing in chest high water next to their kayak.

All in all, it was a rather uneventful day in the life of the cetacean who seems to call the bridge area home.   She swims in circles continually, sometimes moving to the other side of the bridge to roll.  No one is sure what she is doing – scratching?  feeding?      Nothing is known for sure except there is a 45- foot gray whale in the river who does not appear to have any intention of leaving any time soon.  No clanging of pipes, powerful water blasts, orca whale sounds,  Yurok singing and drumming, music from a violin, a flute, a ukelele, or prayers from a paddle boarder can convince her the ocean is where she should be at the present time.

Maybe, just maybe, she knows more than we know about why and where she wants to be.

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Mama, the Klamath River Whale, Spouting Beneath The Klamath River Bridge

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Onlookers watching Mama, the Klamath River Whale, in the Klamath River Below

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Kayakers Near Mama, the Klamath River Whale, in the Klamath River

 

 

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Mama, Klamath River Whale in River Day 47 – Daily Whale Update 08/09/11

I am beginnning this blog with a poem written by  Mihael Kavanaugh, the gentleman who serenaded her with his flute a few weeks ago.  It is a poem that expresses all our hope that she will return to the sea soon.

The whale
She circle dances
To and fro
In the river flow
To the music notes
Of prayerful song
Her presence
We try to understand ….

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Flute Serenade to Mama, the Klamath River Whale

Something ancient
Yet, for modern man
The tide, tells of the sea
Just moments away
But she, is not ready
The chanting echoes
For her well being
The song too
Heart and melody
Hoping her wish is granted
And she returns
To sea, and family
©2011 Mihael Kavanaugh

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Gray Day for the Gray Whale in Klamath River

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Day 45 in the River for Mama, the Klamath River Whale – Daily Whale Update 8-7-11

Nothing new to report today, Sunday, other than throngs of people on the bridge, although not as crowded as usual.   Mama (which is preferred over whale #604) is still swimming in circles under the bridge entertaining young and old alike who venture on the narrow bridge for a look down into the Klamath River to view the Gentle Giant.

Since Mama and her calf were first sighted in the river on June 23rd, 45 days have now passed and she shows no signs of venturing back to the ocean.  The calf has now been gone for 15 days.

Since some blog readers have never seen the calf or known the calf existed, I decided to post some images of the youngster.

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Mama and Calf in Klamath River

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Mama Spy Hopping - July 7, 2011

The barnacles Mama had on arrival

have almost disappeared.

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Young Calf with Mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Capture Whale Breath from Mama, The Klamath River Whale – Update

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Capturing Breath Sample from Mama, the Klamath River Whale

Researchers from Davis University were in Klamath this week to capture VOC samples in a bag, volatile organic compounds – which translates to whale breath – to take back to their Davis lab to analyze.   Once it is captured from the whale, via hanging out over the boat with the bag extended from a long flexible pole somewhere in the vicinity of her two blow holes, they bring it back to shore, race it up to an area where they can put it into a trap to convert into a stable form to transport.   It is a form of profiling the health of the whale and used as a diagnostic tool.  To date, no one has analyzed whale breath before.

According to William Cheung, PhD., “It is a non-invasive, non-stress health profiling diagnostic tool.  We can get a baseline and see if it is stable.  If it is shifting, it could be a cause for concern.”

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Breath Capture from Mama, the Klamath River Whale

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Return with the VOC Samples from Mama, the Klamath River Whale

Ashala Tylor Images William Cheung, PhD., Running with the  VOC sample.

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William Cheung, PhD.(right) with Phil Louie, His Assistant

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Ukelele Songs for Mama, the Klamath River Whale

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Ukelele Song to the Stranded Klamath River Whale

This young man was out early in the morning yesterday strumming a ukelele song to the “Gentle Giant,” who is known as “Mama.”    Some of the Yurok Indians have been known to call her by her name “Mama” in the Yurok language.  As soon as I find out what that is, I will post it.

Please make note that there is a Federal law, Marine Mammal Protection Act, prohibiting harassment of marine mammals and suggests that people stay back more than  100 yards of a marine mammal, ”   As intentions are all well and good by those wanting to be near Momma and soothe her and connect with her, someone could be injured.  Please keep that in mind and realize that she is a “gentle giant”  that is confined to a very small river and all precautions should be taken to adhere to the Federal Law, not only for the safety of the human but for the safety of the beautiful mammal that graces the Klamath River.  No one wants to see either Momma or any of her adoring fans injured.

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Paddle Boarder with Ukelele to Serenade Mama, the Klamath River Whale

While intentions are  pure and good, and no harassment intended whatsoever, it is imperative to keep in mind that Mama is a wild mammal and someone could be injured by getting too close to this “Gentle Giant.”

Yesterday there were reports of more swimmers and kayakers in the water presenting a danger to themselves and Mama.

I have been documenting the whales’ journey since Mama and her calf were first seen on June 23, 2011.

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CANOEING WITH THE KLAMATH RIVER WHALE – OUR GENTLE GIANT

A few days ago  there was a flute player in a canoe serenading the “gentle giant.”    Soothing flute sounds emanated throughout the bridge area, a respite from the passing cars and trucks.

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Spy Hopping Whale in the Klamath River

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I have been documenting the whales’ journey since mom and her calf arrived over a month ago.  Many images of these beautiful mammals can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashala.
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A Song for the Klamath River Whale

PADDLE BOARDING AND SWIMMING WITH THE KLAMATH RIVER WHALE

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Paddle Boarder and Klamath River Whale

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Swimming with the Klamath River Whale

THE MEETING OF TWO GENTLE SPIRITS FROM DIFFERENT REALMS.

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