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Mon, 22nd July

This is the report of a 5-day trip to Fanore of two Belgians, interested in whale-watching for 5 years : Grégor Chapelle (28) and Gaëtan Vanloqueren (24). The goal of that trip was, of course, to meet Dusty. They swam with her four times, around 2-3 hours each time, and tried to interact with her as much as possible: playing new games with new things as they had read that Dusty was interested by new “games” and new things. At home, they are involved in Hydrojeunes, a Belgian association organising sailing trips in the French-part of the Mediterranean Sea with teens having difficulties with their families, school, etc. These whale-watching oriented sailing trips are part of a greater long-term, social and ecological project with the teens and their animators. See for more details.

They swam with Dusty from Thursday the 18th of July until Monday the 22nd so make sure you read their other accounts.

This is our last day and we made a short visit to Dusty before our last breakfast in Ireland. The weather was very bad, with clouds and haze. As we got out of the car, we saw her swimming around. We took our stuff and Grégor got in from the rocks with no wetsuit. He called her, hitting rocks for five minutes, but she didn’t come. He called her making different noises on the water, whistling, etc for 20 minutes more but still she didn’t come. When we decided to get out (we had to…), we met someone who had swum yesterday at 9.00 pm: he told us she wasn’t there either.

All the people we met during these five days were very respectful with Dusty but we hoped that she didn’t have bad experiences with people yesterday. This last no-show visit, told us how much we could appreciate the four other times we swam with her for 2-3 hours each time.
Date Posted: 22/07/2002
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