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Old 21-04-2015, 09:46   #16
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Re: Whale incident in Cabo

Yeah, wondered about the bottom paint myself! The underbody of a sailboat does look a bit like some sort of creature!

I saw a couple blues in the Sea of Cortez... didn't get very close, but wow... when they broke the surface and rolled/diving... the body just keep rolling by on and on....... really long!

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Old 21-04-2015, 11:17   #17
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There is only one animal show at Animal Kingdom and those are birds. It is hardly a circus like atmosphere for the birds. If those birds were treated poorly they would simply leave since they are allowed to freely fly.

Disney spends a fortune tending the animals at Animal Kingdom and while Disney does not like to call it a zoo, it is a zoo with amusement rides. Animal Kingdom is one of the very few accredited zoos in US were less than 10% of over 2,000 zoos accredited. Animal Kingdom is involved in conservation activities and shares the same accreditation status with the NC state zoo which is really nice facility. The NC zoo, which is an amazing place, can't hold a candle to Animal Kingdom. The NC zoo does not have Disney's money and they do a great job with what they have but Animal Kingdom is something else and it goes beyond just money. To imply that Animal Kingdom is a circus or a "reprehensible fiascos'" is flat out wrong.

The encounters that Cheech, Tayana and Stu had were genuine natural encounters with wildlife. They were unplanned and spontaneus. There is a great difference between that scenario and the others described above. But, is the experience at Animal Kingdom valid? Would these birds have migrated to this facility in the wild? Are they being fed or is this a sports bar for birds?
And why do they charge an entrance fee? Most people believe that Nature Parks and Zoos and the animals who are forced to live in these cages are there for their entertainment and amusement. It's our right . . . correct? This is where you and I disagree. Good luck and good sailing.

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Old 18-05-2015, 02:15   #18
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Re: Whale incident in Cabo

While adrift with no winds aboard a large sailboat, a lone whale suddenly surfaced on starboard. Ten people scrambled for fins and masks and dove off starboard hoping to see it underwater.

I dove off port and swam away from the boat. The few aboard jeered at me I was on wrong side.

I must think like a whale. The whale indeed came around to port and it came within 50 meters of me.
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Old 18-05-2015, 04:07   #19
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Re: Whale incident in Cabo

Whale encounter, nighttime, middle of nowhere, South Pacific.

Me asleep, didn't see a thing.
Wife on watch.
Whale comes alongside.
And stays there.
Rolls slightly.
Checks out the boat.
Or, according to my wife, simply stared at her.
And time stood still.

I wish I had the words to describe the soft, calmness of voice and the haunting, far off expression that comes over my wife's face when she relates the story.


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