We saw a couple of whales right off of Monhegan Island just south of Muscongus Bay in Maine in August. I'd show you pics but they are all of clear water. Every time we tried to take a pic he'd go under the surface! The kids loved it and we followed him around (at a distance) for 30 minutes or so before he dove. Big sucker... not sure what kind.
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Had a Humpback whale surface on my port side, blow and then ride alongside for about 15 - 20 yards before it dove back down into the water.
Off our coast in northern California whales are sighted fairly often during migration but that's the first time I've seen one close enough to jump onto its back.
It was amazing.
We also get the occasional Great White shark attack on our local surfer population. Obviously our surfers don't taste very good because after getting bitten and thrashed around a little they are always spitted out. There has been loss of limbs and lots of stitches but no fatalities.
Sailed by a pod of humpbacks southwest of Provincetown last July. The whalewatching boats were the dead giveaway. The whales were very active but also well spread out, so I even wondered if they were together. I was perfectly content to be at a safe distance. Impressive beasts.
I don't know why... I guess the water is too warm???... but we don't see many whales in Florida. A day does not go by without dolphins everywhere, many sharks, but not many whales. Very neat stories. Thanks all for sharing.
In January of 2004, a dead whale was washed up on a Newport RI shoreline, near the entrance of Narraganasett Bay. I took these photos before the carcass was lifted onto a flatbead truck and hauled away to a landfill. I'm sure if this occurred during sailing season, the whale would have been a serious navigational hazard.