Join Date: Dec 2004
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Re: What's it really like out there?
When we crossed from Gran Canaria to Grenada last December, practically all the wildlife was below the Tropic of Cancer. We had many, many flying fish and often found a half to a dozen on the boat during the morning “walk around”. We saw one whale shark. We were visited by a pod of 50 – 100 porpoises one day and were treated to quite a show – a dozen or more would all jump at once en echelon, to be followed immediately by another dozen and so on. Very memorable. On the way to Hawaii in ’08 not so much wildlife. A few Pacific Porpoise right outside the Gate and a grey whale or two near the coast. Not so many flying fish on this trip but we did catch a Dorado. Had a Sperm whale cow and calf cross our bow one evening and saw a few trawlers when we got within 400 NM of Hawaii. Most of the whales out here are Grays and Humpbacks which migrate along the coast and are a pretty common sight (or smell) when transiting north or south along the California and Mexico coasts.