SailNet Community - View Single Post - Do Whales like Concrete Boats!
View Single Post
  #6  
Old 10-08-2010
St Anna's Avatar
St Anna St Anna is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Southern QLD, Bayside
Posts: 1,428
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 12
St Anna is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
Last year we had a sperm whale that was a course to T-bone us alter course about 30 feet away and go behind us (thank you, big guy). I understand that whales do not see well, but this thread has me wondering. I assumed that he saw us on sonar and waited until he was close before deciding whether to alter course (we were on starboard!); perhaps he just could not echo-sense us at all and turned when he got close enough to see us.

Our hull has dark blue bottom paint and I had decided against black already. Going to paint next week, perhaps I should be using red to be on the safer side?

I must say that seeing a whale really close (in our case about 10') does focus the attention wonderfully. My wife who was the first one to see him/her could only make frantic noises - I chastised her for not using the classic, "There she blows" and she almost hit me. No sense of humour I guess.
In Qld, their numbers are rapidly increasing - there will be dramas one day soon. Maybe an active 'sonar' noise may discourage them.

I agree with you about certain closely related people you take with you onboard.....If it happens again to you guys, I'll nominate you for the FAMOUS LAST WORDS QUOTEBOOK.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook