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Saw a narwhal with its 8 foot spike through the periscope of a submarine under the ice back in 1989. That was really cool. Now that was cruising! Courtesy of the US Navy.
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Then there was the floating lumberyard that we passed through last spring. Apparently, a lot of wood, 2x4s, 4x4s, 2x8s, etc., washed overboard from a ship and we spent the better part of a day dodging lumber.

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Almost forgot to add, day before yesterday we watched a pod of Risso's dolphins having group sex.

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One June night while on a night sail from Boston to P-Town through a light fog, there were phosphorescent jelly fish everywhere... It was mesmerizing to watch them glow especially bright in our wake.

We were motoring (no wind) and I was at the helm at about 02:00. I noticed a green spark approaching us from dead ahead. At first I thought it was a cinder, blowing in the wind, but it was green. it looked to be about the size of a humming bird, and was the phosphorescent color of the jellyfish. What ever it was, it buzzed through our shrouds, then chased us for about a minute. It would fall away from our stern, then loop and approach us again. It was NOT a firefly, because it was way too big, and it didn't flash, but glowed steadily.

My watch mate and I looked at each other with a "WTF?" expression. We both saw it, and talked about it for a while. We never figured out what it was.

And, I know what you're thinking - NO drugs of any kind were involved...
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Horizontal hail. I don't know how unusual this is, but I hope to only see this once. (Like getting pasted in the face with a bucket of gravel).
We had that once mid-race - coupled with 40+ knot gusts and 50 foot visibility. Lasted about 90 seconds, felt like a long time.

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Suuuuure....

Brightly lit squid fishing fleet in the middle of the night off the Oregon Coast

A lunar eclipse that really had us confused - we didn't know it was due...

Last summer a shooting star/meteorite that left a comet-like trail that lasted several minutes.. the glare was like a searchlight.

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One June night while on a night sail from Boston to P-Town through a light fog, there were phosphorescent jelly fish everywhere... It was mesmerizing to watch them glow especially bright in our wake.

We were motoring (no wind) and I was at the helm at about 02:00. I noticed a green spark approaching us from dead ahead. At first I thought it was a cinder, blowing in the wind, but it was green. it looked to be about the size of a humming bird, and was the phosphorescent color of the jellyfish. What ever it was, it buzzed through our shrouds, then chased us for about a minute. It would fall away from our stern, then loop and approach us again. It was NOT a firefly, because it was way too big, and it didn't flash, but glowed steadily.

My watch mate and I looked at each other with a "WTF?" expression. We both saw it, and talked about it for a while. We never figured out what it was.

And, I know what you're thinking - NO drugs of any kind were involved...

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Stood right on the north (rotational) pole and watched the sunset. Spirals slowly down, gets bisected by the horizon, then gone. The days don't get shorter up there, just one "day" per year, and one "night." Took a bit for us to realize it was really gone for good since all of our previous experience taught us it would poke up again, Funny how the brain works. Once reality sunk in we set off in a hurry for the trek across the ice to the boat. Flashlights might have been a good idea if we'd thought of them.

There was also a seal on that trip that followed us around like a dog. He/she/it seemed to like listening to the boat with its ear. Then it would pop up and excitedly bark "ahrrt, ahrrt, ahrrt!" We didn't have enough food on that trip so there was talk of eating him. Instead we shared our saltines.

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A couple of years ago while cruising in Maine I was at the helm on a beautiful, lazy afternoon when a whale, easily the size of my 40 footer, sounded within a boatlength of us. There had been no noted spotting of whales before that so it came as a complete surprise. After I recovered my breath I looked all over but couldn't see any sign of any other whales and didn't see that one sound again. I did, however, have to change my diapers.

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USS Bluefish, SSN 675 1982-1986
I was puzzled by the above post, so I Googled it;

Here is what I found;
[EDIT - WARNING: following the above link generated a "YOU HAVE WON..." window, which I believe is a phishing scheme. Proceed at your own risk. I copied the image to my photobucket account, so that is safe.]
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USS BLUEFISH was the 27th STURGEON - class attack submarine. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on May 31, 1996, the USS BLUEFISH is since then berthed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Wash., awaiting entry in the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program Recycling there. The BLUEFISH was last homeported in Norfolk, Va.

General Characteristics: Awarded: July 15, 1966
Keel Laid: March 13, 1968
Launched: January 10, 1970
Commissioned: January 8, 1971
Decommissioned: May 31, 1996
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.
Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 292 feet (89 meters)
Beam: 31.7 feet (9.65 meters)
Draft: 29.2 feet (8.9 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 4,250 tons
Submerged: approx. 4,700 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots
Submerged: approx. 30 knots
Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon, Tomahawk, and SUBROC missiles, ability to lay mines
Crew: 12 Officers, 95 Enlisted

I would still like to know the circumstances, but at least I know what the post refers to.

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