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Re: Whales!

Couple of years back we spotted a whale (humback) tail slapping fairly close by. We headed on a course that would take us behind the whale and then parallel but at a safe distance. Next thing we know the whale disappears, only to reappear right on our stern. She sat there for five or ten minutes following us and then disappears again and returns with her calf. They then proceeded to dance around the boat, diving under and reemerging the other side sometimes so close one could almost touch them, the mother quite happy for the calf to be right alongside us while she loitered slightly further away.

After half an hour or so they waved a cheery goodbye and put many boat lengths on us in a matter of a few moments. We could not have outpaced them if we tried.
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Re: Whales!

Humback. I like that! Must be a Freudian slip. Their songs never have words ...
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Re: Whales!

I was reminded of this thread while racing Saturday. We were headed back from Palos Verdes (Los Angeles) in very light wind when we spotted a whale about 400 yards off our beam. He was near a fishing skiff. The skiff sat there, then as son as the whale re-appeared, it motored to where the plume was. We watched it do this for 15 minutes. That couldn't possibly be legal.
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Re: Whales!

very cool. never gets old seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. we seen tons of dolphins/manatees/rays etc in FL everytime was as exciting as the first time.
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Re: Whales!

Stumbled across this video from the whale activity a couple months ago.

You can watch this guy paddle next to and then dive into the water to see the whale - Pretty awesome sight - Yet I wouldn't have done it.

Kayaking with Redondo Beach Blue Whales, with underwater footage and Lunge feeding GoPro - YouTube
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