Quantcast

Mechanicsburg man has a whale of a passion - abc27 WHTM

Mechanicsburg man has a whale of a passion

Posted: Updated:
  • Let's Go PlacesMore>>

  • Pint Size Volleyball in Dillsburg

    Pint Size Volleyball in Dillsburg

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:59:09 GMT
    It's a program that Debbie Rutter discovered five years ago at a volleyball conference. "There are lots of sports that start at ages 4,5,6.," said Rutter, soft-serving a volley ball to one of her fiveMore >>
    It's a program that Debbie Rutter discovered five years ago at a volleyball conference. "There are lots of sports that start at ages 4,5,6.," said Rutter, soft-serving a volley ball to one of her fiveMore >>
  • Gentle Giants of Dog Kingdom invade Lancaster County

    Gentle Giants of Dog Kingdom invade Lancaster County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:21:57 GMT
    The Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center is known for its great accommodations, but last week it went to the dogs. Newfoundland dogs. Six hundred of them from all over the United States and Europe,More >>
    The Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center is known for its great accommodations, but last week it went to the dogs. Newfoundland dogs. Six hundred of them from all over the United States and Europe,More >>
  • Historic Locomotive Move in Harrisburg Draws Train Buffs

    Historic Locomotive Move in Harrisburg Draws Train Buffs

    Friday, April 11 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-04-11 17:36:54 GMT
    The Harrisburg Transportation Center has been home for two pieces of railroading history for nearly three decades. But, that has changed.. temporarily. The GG1 Pennsylvania railroad locomotive No. 4859More >>
    The Harrisburg Transportation Center has been home for two pieces of railroading history for nearly three decades. But, that has changed.. temporarily. The GG1 Pennsylvania railroad locomotive No. 4859More >>

When Dan Knaub talks about humpback whales, he does so on a first name basis. As founder of The Whale Video Company, his connection to the 50-ton marine mammals is personal. With pride in his eyes, he shared the life history of one of his favorite whales friends in the ocean, Salt.

"She was the very first whale named. She's at least 44 years old," he said. "Salt has 12 calves and 10 grandcalves, that we know of."

Salt is one of more than 500 humpback whales named by those who observe and study their behavior on a daily basis.

"Salt was named for her white dorsal fin. Looked like somebody sprinkled salt on her back," he explained.

It's a friendship the Mechanicsburg resident developed over 16 years of video taping whale watching trips off the coast of New England.

In total, Knaub estimates he spent more than 68-thousand hours on the water taping the whales. That's enough time to build a video archive of more than 8-thousand hours for his whale video company, an enterprise he never envisioned 25 years ago. That's when he left a secure job in banking to go watch whales. After his very first trip, he was hooked. He says that kind of reaction is typical of many new watchers.

"It's the event of a lifetime for many, many of them," he said. " And I believe they become instant fans of whales."

His videos are like a family album to him, with each whale triggering fond memories. 31-year-old Colt is one of them.

"Colt's famous for coming up to the boat," Knaub explained. "In fact, he was voted the friendliest whale in the world."

But Knaub worries because his huge archive currently exists only on hundreds of aging master tapes. So, he's seeking sponsors to help with the expense of saving them.

"My objective right now is to preserve, to digitize and annotate the entire archive and find a home for it, where educators and researchers, around the world, can work with it," he explained.

Individuals wanting to help can" adopt a whale" at Knaub's website, www.whalevideo.com. For a 30 dollar fee, sponsors receive a DVD and family history of the adopted whale.

Powered by WorldNow