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04-02-2013 09:36 PM
Philzy3985
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
03-04-2013 12:24 PM
avenger79
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.
03-04-2013 11:17 AM
rbrasi
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.
01-31-2013 09:16 PM
dacap06
Re: Whales!

Humback. I like that! Must be a Freudian slip. Their songs never have words ...
01-31-2013 06:34 PM
tdw
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.
01-31-2013 05:59 PM
casey1999
Re: Whales!

Watch out for them baby whales:

3 cases of whale-vessel collisions reported
01-31-2013 05:14 PM
NewportNewbie
Re: Whales!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Philzy3985 View Post
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.
01-31-2013 04:52 PM
Philzy3985
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."
01-31-2013 04:07 PM
casey1999
Re: Whales!

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

Witness describes whale breaking canoe | West Hawaii Today, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
01-31-2013 03:51 PM
bristol299bob
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.



From Whales In Loreto, Mexico






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