OT whale story:
The first summer cruise
we ever did, in a chartered Catalina 30
in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
, we came upon a breaching humpback about 3/4 mile away. We were on the outside of a bay which had a submerged rock so I didn't want to enter until the tide lowered and uncovered the rock. So we were there just drifting.
The whale kept breaching, closer and closer, each jump in line to hit us eventually. We just drifted and watched in awe.
When the whale started getting too close for comfort, I turned on the motor
just to let the whale know we were there.
It kept breaching closer and closer. Finally, it breached real close, and we all got wet from the spray. The next breach was scheduled to land exactly on top the little (very little compared to the whale) Catalina
. My wife was screaming madly to drive the boat into the bay, but I keep thinking that whales are sentient beings; it knew we were there and did not want to jump on us. I figured I had better odds with the whale than the submerged rock.
We held our breaths, waiting for the outcome, my wife running down below holding the one year old, while the five year old and I waited topside to see what would happen.
Seconds slowed to minutes. My knees went a bit weak. My breathing got funny
. It was really intense. Not everday you get to see if a whale is gonna jump on you.
Nothing. The whale stopped breaching for a full hour. Started up about two miles away. Every time I hear about whales, I re-live that experience.
I've had other experiences with whales, Orcas and Humpbacks. I feel a special connection to them.