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I get the harassment thing. There were actually 2 other boats closer one on the whale watching tours. Another looked like a bug inflatable. They are heading south to Mexico from what understand. Last year a HUGE one surfaced behind me then went under and you could see the entire whale underwater. Wow was it big!
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I'll be in SoCal in a few weeks. May have to take a whale watching tour after work one day! Hopefully there will be at least a few stragglers.
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The Festival of Whales is first part of March, I'd recommend Capt. Dave's dolphin safari, sometimes the whales will swim between the hulls, also got underwater view areas.
Whale Watching Excursions | Dana Point Festival of Whales
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Re: Whales!

Very cool, thanks for sharing! It's got to be a little daunting to see a living creature bigger than your sailboat surface next to you.

Maybe someone will make a Whale Alert app for the West Coast too!
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I saw them on a tour in Mexico a few years ago. It was impressive being in a RIB and having them all around you. I would have to all it almost a life altering experience.
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Re: Whales!

agree with miatapaul, life changing!

Not on a sailboat, but these from a 20ft panga in the Sea of Cortez.

*edit* I don't recommend getting this close of course. I was lucky enough to be along with a whale researcher as part of his work. He is very experienced and above all very respectful of these amazing animals.



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I stay away from them whales:
This happened this past tuesday:

Witness describes whale breaking canoe | West Hawaii Today, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Re: Whales!

We got a glimpse of a couple in the Santa Monica Bay 2 weeks ago. They're majestic creatures. That pod off the coast of Palos Verdes was apparently the largest on record, as the OP states. I was returning to the harbor under sail alone when the whale broke the surface heading right at us. Moving at about 1 knot there wasn't anything I could do, it's really up to the whale how close we're both going to get. But of course, behind the whale were about a dozen paddleboarders and kayakers chasing it out into the ocean. Following them were a couple sailboats just motoring.

It's a shame some people really do harass them like that. Animals don't have a clue what we are and what we are doing. As spectators to an animal simply breathing and traveling, people should leave it alone. I totally understand how "awesome it feels" to be so close to it,and how "epic it is" but really, it's an unpredictable, huge, marine animal.

During this season you see the flyers at boat store counters displaying the safe viewing radius around sea animals - I'm sure almost all SailNet-ers know the rules already, so maybe we can just spread the word to tourists/rental boats, too.

Never for a second did I think "I haven't had enough of seeing this whale take a breath, I gotta go chase it so I can see it one more time" It was more like "I draw 5'6" deep right? It's going that way? Okay, okay good."
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We got a glimpse of a couple in the Santa Monica Bay 2 weeks ago. They're majestic creatures. That pod off the coast of Palos Verdes was apparently the largest on record, as the OP states. I was returning to the harbor under sail alone when the whale broke the surface heading right at us. Moving at about 1 knot there wasn't anything I could do, it's really up to the whale how close we're both going to get. But of course, behind the whale were about a dozen paddleboarders and kayakers chasing it out into the ocean. Following them were a couple sailboats just motoring.

It's a shame some people really do harass them like that. Animals don't have a clue what we are and what we are doing. As spectators to an animal simply breathing and traveling, people should leave it alone. I totally understand how "awesome it feels" to be so close to it,and how "epic it is" but really, it's an unpredictable, huge, marine animal.

During this season you see the flyers at boat store counters displaying the safe viewing radius around sea animals - I'm sure almost all SailNet-ers know the rules already, so maybe we can just spread the word to tourists/rental boats, too.

Never for a second did I think "I haven't had enough of seeing this whale take a breath, I gotta go chase it so I can see it one more time" It was more like "I draw 5'6" deep right? It's going that way? Okay, okay good."
Agreed....once he surfaced, and went his own way...I just watched....I was shocked he surfaced so close to me initially...I was doing maybe 1 or 2 knots under sail and assumed he had left the area.
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Re: Whales!

Watch out for them baby whales:

3 cases of whale-vessel collisions reported
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