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Guten Tag! ("Hello" in German)…My name is Andrew and I love learning how to code and create beautifully organized websites that are fun to use! I live in Austin with my wife, and as you can probably tell, this website is my "work in progress." If you love the ocean and like to learn how you can help improve whale and marine life conservation (and also subconsciously find yourself critiquing my web-design skills, which is why I'm learning to improve), you're in the right place!

Dolphin pod…

Being a WordPress fan, I originally thought about creating this site as "wpfan.org."  Shortly afterwards, I realized the "WP" could stand for something more meaningful (like  "Whale Protection")….so in the end, it actually stands for both.

I have always been fascinated with marine life and the ocean. I hope this site (in some dinky way) can help increase awareness about how fragile and important our oceans and marine ecosystems are. Years ago (late 80's) I worked at Sea World as a Dolphin Trainer (at the time that was my "childhood dream job"). Helping to educate and increase awareness about marine life was precisely why I wanted to work there (well, besides working with the dolphins of course).

I was interested in making a difference in helping to raise awareness about marine life and encouraging marine conservation and environmental protection. That was over 20(+) years ago, and it seems like yesterday. My views have since changed dramatically towards marine habitats and marine parks (especially captivity).

Sidenote: I'm currently learning more about WordPress (and HTML/CSS, jQuery, etc.) and am aware this site could be perceived as a global cure for insomnia….so I'm diving deeper into digital design in my spare time to improve this site…in the meantime enjoy the long list of links, photos, and  videos… 🙂

Some of our favorite places to visit are Maui and the Pacific NW, as you will see from  a few of the photos and videos. 

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Pacific Humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae)
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Nice view from the tube…
Humpback whale tail  "flukes." (photo by Talbot)
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Humpback Whale…
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Going for a dive…
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My favorite beach: Black Rock, Maui (Kaanapali)

It's totally surreal to see and hear the Humpback whales end their 6-8 week journey from the feeding grounds of Alaska, to the shallow breeding grounds of Maui (and other nearby islands). The first whale sightings usually occur in October; however, the best time (peak season) to see these  whales is anytime January 15th – March 31st. Official whale season is December 15th – May 15th. Click here for more information on responsible whale sightings.

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Humpback with calf…(photo borrowed from link above)
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North Pacific Humpback whale off the coast of Maui…
Humpback tail (flukes)...
Feeding grounds in Alaska. Another awesome view of Humpback flukes before a dive..
Humpback breach...
Breach…

A few photos from home (4K aerial view)

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Aerial view of Zilker Park! 4K Video here..
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Congress Bridge and more Austin venues here
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View from The Oasis on Lake Travis…(fun live music: here)
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Clouds over Lake Travis…
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Colorado River
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Pennybacker "360" bridge…
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Sunset view of Pennybacker bridge…
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Barton Springs…a (literally) cool place to swim. The average annual water temperature is 68º…
What! A picture of a dog…..yeah, he's our mischievous Pocket Beagle named "Raleigh" (I couldn't help posting a photo of him). Miraculously, he never barks!

~Auf Wiedersehen

 

…My ancestry is German-Dutch, so I am learning the German language, and am an avid fan of the Germany soccer team….Die Mannschaft!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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