Monday, October 25, 2004

24 years of harbor seal observations

24 years worth of notes, observations and photographs make a very large pile. If I stacked all my notebooks and albums on top of each other it would be more than 6' tall. Here they all sit in my office, threatening, like those National Geographic magazines in the attic, to collapse the floor with their weight. I have made many attempts to write a book but end up feeling stilted and isolated... I am not a writer by choice anymore than I am a computer geek or blogger. They are tools.

In that six feet of words and pictures there are stories, stories about seals that I have watched for eight years or more, stories about humpback whales that have captured my heart, stories about how I ended up spending most of my adult life doing this. And they aren't doing any good making my office floor groan... so here goes.

I will upload some of my past writing attempts, and work on them here, in effort to find a voice. I will upload pictures of my buddies: BB2, Honcho, Stevie Wonder (blind female) harbor seals that came regularly to a haulout off Kennebunkport and tell their stories. There is Fissure, Olympia, Tusk and Talon, humpback whales that we met repeatedly when I was working as naturalist on a whale watch boat. I will tell the stories of those encounters in my other blog "whaletales

I hope people will ask me questions and give suggestions to help me clarify what and how I say things. I hope other naturalists who are doing long term studies of an animal species will add their thoughts. Jane Goodall has been my inspiration and I dedicate this blog to her.


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