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How can you be lost at SEA????
No matter what direction you go, you will run into land sooner or later.
Off the East Coast of N America? Follow the sun, you will arrive on the coast very soon unless you are in the East Atlantic.
Gesh!! the Sun will indicate the direction North, South, East and West. So will the stars and moon.
Get a Sun Crystal that the Vikings used and you will always know where the sun is on an overcasted day...
Study the birds and follow them back to land.
Note the basic wave & wind patterns and those are an indicater.
Lost?? Because you are NOT using the Common Sense You should have developed as a child.
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....Then you have this guy:

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I'm going to say "Photoshop". That guy isn't even looking at the whale.
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That pic has been validated as real many times, there is even video of it. Use the Googs to find it....

Back on topic... thinking if you are unprepared for what ever "adventure" you are going on, you are going to run in to problems. Like being lost in a forest, mountains, desert, or at sea. We don't have the full details on what happened to this particular individual so we really can't judge the circumstances as of yet.
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How can you be lost at SEA????
No matter what direction you go, you will run into land sooner or later.
Off the East Coast of N America? Follow the sun, you will arrive on the coast very soon unless you are in the East Atlantic.
Presuming no ocean currents and no change in wind speed or direction during daylight hours and no clouds....

You're off the East Coast of N America.

You get up and set sail as soon as you can discern the rising sun. You follow the sun until you can no longer see it.

Other than maybe being a tad further south than where you started, where are you?
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I'm going to say "Photoshop". That guy isn't even looking at the whale.
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That pic has been validated as real many times, there is even video of it. Use the Googs to find it....

Back on topic... thinking if you are unprepared for what ever "adventure" you are going on, you are going to run in to problems. Like being lost in a forest, mountains, desert, or at sea. We don't have the full details on what happened to this particular individual so we really can't judge the circumstances as of yet.
I think that's true. The kicker is that you can never really be "fully prepared". That's a fallacy. For example, the speargun: he had just thrown it into his gear bag to store it. No forethought. And he had to dive back into the sinking boat to grab that gear bag...not even remembering what all was in it. Luck? Preparation? He figured the former.

You can have 500 lbs of top-notch gear ready to go. But when things go sick, what will you have time to grab? He didn't have time to get to his food or water - and many other things he wished he could have taken with him.

His best survival tool was his ingenuity. Hands down.
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It was nice of those guys who shot the video to go and offer some help. /s
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This happened too:

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Hancock Saves the Whale
Wait... Hancock wasn't real? But I saw it on TV right after they broadcast the 9.4% unemployment.
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Note the basic wave & wind patterns and those are an indicater.
You know, one of the things he mentioned looking for was the "ripple" action in the water from islands. Now this guy was still a couple hundred miles from Guadeloupe, but knew that he'd be able to see this wave pattern amongst the "standard" wave trains of the open ocean.

That really astounded me - not being an ocean sailor. It makes perfect sense - but actually being able to eventually see that kind of subtlety in the things around me will be extremely cool.

That is, until a freakin' whale lands on my boat.
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