Sharks and Whales - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-25-2007
Cruisingdad's Avatar
Best Looking MALE Mod
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Washington State
Posts: 9,904
Thanks: 3
Thanked 107 Times in 53 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough
Sharks and Whales

Just curious:

Most of my cruising grounds have been SW Florida and the surrounding area. I think I saw a small whale once... but it was quite some way off. Someone told me it was a Pilot Whale, but I saw it about 10 miles offshore of Fort Myers and I thought they were more focused in the Atlantic Ocean. I have to confess I am ignorant of whales, but a picture I saw kind of resembled it and I will say a Pilot Whale unless otherwise corrected.

On sharks... I have seen many. I think the inlet to Charlotte Harbor must be the worlds leading proliferator of Hammers and Bulls and Black Tips. None of them have ever messed with me (including a Tiger I was diving over in the Tortugas). Their reputation as aggeresive seems over exhagerated in my book (of course, though, it only takes one).

So, just curious what whales others have seen? Types? How far offshores? Other sharks? Interesting stuff. Pictures are great... but not neccesary.

- CD

PS NO MOBY DICK STORIES, FOR GOD'S SAKES!!

PSS Anyone seen any Blues or Humpbacks?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 01-25-2007
.
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 10,851
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice
is this real or you're joking???? got me confused here, if its real I'll delete it...
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 01-25-2007
Cruisingdad's Avatar
Best Looking MALE Mod
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Washington State
Posts: 9,904
Thanks: 3
Thanked 107 Times in 53 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough
Very real and serious!!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 01-25-2007
Thanks Courtney.
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: IL
Posts: 3,954
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 11
T34C has a spectacular aura about T34C has a spectacular aura about T34C has a spectacular aura about
I heard about the rare Portuguese Sperm Whale once!! (explains some of those sponsors)

Sharks- had one try to give me $1,000 when we were downtown the other day???
__________________
hunter Legend 37 Semper Paratus
Formerly - Tartan 34C Yawl
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 01-25-2007
Cruisingdad's Avatar
Best Looking MALE Mod
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Washington State
Posts: 9,904
Thanks: 3
Thanked 107 Times in 53 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough Cruisingdad is a jewel in the rough
Hey Giu,

What marine life do you have out there? Any whales (and no sperm whales T, for God's sakes)... I'm serious. I would love to see some pictures! I did not get one of the whale I saw... but more dolphins that I know what to do with.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 01-25-2007
.
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 10,851
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice
Actually he was right, that is exactly it!!! Sperm Whales

I saw a whale once off the Azores....big we cal them CACHALOTE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sperm_Whale

on another occasion, leaving Sines marina at 4 am, dark as a mule's butt, I heard something that sacred the hell out of me, pfffffffffffffff, I had a surge of adrenaline, I could hear it 5 or 6 more times.....pffffffff then gone

I never found out what it was but I was really looking around like crazy...maybe dolphins, but they normally say hi.

T was it the guy selling the rolex?? you know the one that keeps sending me emails to increase my penis size??? As If I need it!!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 01-25-2007
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
I've see a pod of Right Whales.... other than that not much.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 01-25-2007
.
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 10,851
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice
Hey...that's the species of my Aunt mathilda....


Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 01-25-2007
poopdeckpappy's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 5,676
Thanks: 25
Thanked 39 Times in 33 Posts
Rep Power: 10
poopdeckpappy has a spectacular aura about poopdeckpappy has a spectacular aura about
Out here in the Catalina Channel, we have Gray whales on the move right now and with them come the Orcas which have also been seen in the last few weeks, There was two orcas crusing inside the Avalon Mooring Field in Dec.

In 71' I saw a orca breach, center punching what I thought a the time was a sea lion, I later read in the paper it was in fact a Great White the orca had killed, this was a couple miles off Pt Loma.

Sharks; I've seen a few Blues, been diving with white tip reef and had close encounters with a couple of threshers, had one almost take the end of my finger off while photographing, (That was my fault, I hit him, not the other way around,) also had a 6' threasher swim under me once while photographing, I never saw either one, but everybody else did
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 01-25-2007
paulk's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Posts: 2,533
Thanks: 4
Thanked 20 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 15
paulk is on a distinguished road
Sail more, see both!

We had sharks once, on the way from Newport to Bermuda in a millpond-calm sea. Every hundred yards or so in every direction there was the tip of a tail sticking up about 4" out of the water. They would each flop first to one side, and then off to the other as the sharks (basking??) cruised slowly along. When we came up to one, it would sink into the dark, and then reappear a few hundred feet aft.
Whales are much more fun. We were going transatlantic when we came across a pod of about 80 or 100 pilot whales. They lay in the water like telephone poles, with stubby little fins on their backs, and stubby, rounded jaws sticking forward of their heads, making little pfft noises as they jostled around in a big group off our starboard side. A few lifted their heads out of the water and splashed a little. They looked to be as big around as a 55 gallon drum (in the middle) and perhaps 30 or so feet long. They swam near us for about 10 to fifteen minutes, and then melted away.
On another night it was so foggy you could barely see the mast from the helm on our 38' sloop. We were sailing gently along at about 5 or 6 knots, with the bow wave making an occasional swish, when we heard snoring. Very distracting on the 00:00-04:00 watch, with everything else so quiet. Humph. Captain must need turning over, we said to each other, so I went below to give him a poke. Wasn't him; no snoring going on in the quarter berth below. It was louder aft than forward, though. I went to the backstay to listen. It was coming from about 10 feet aft of the transom, with the fog so thick that the stern light's blur only extended about three. A little bit later we noticed an occasional "poof" and swish sound off the leeward side as well. The two (maybe three?) whales "piloted" us through the change of watch, but were gone when we came back on at 0800.
On another day during the trip, a Finback whale gave us a distant perusal, coming up to breathe a few times within sight, several hundred yards off. When he (?) dove, you could see the long arching back and then the small fin, well aft. Didn't see any flukes.
It was really neat to see animals so at home in their environment. They reminded me of cows in a field. Solid, content, purposefully doing their thing and not worrying about it or us. Saw more whales more recently on a trip to Alaska -bubble feeding - but that was on a whalewatch tourist boat so doesn't count here.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Dangers of Cruising, Part Two Liza Copeland Seamanship Articles 0 06-22-2004 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:19 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.