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Old 16-06-2013, 21:17   #31
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I had a conversation with a whale biologist (can't remember the proper name) about our local grey whales .. as they liked a good scratch on the keel.
She suggested changing the antifouling paint colour too something bright. i haven't tried it yet.
Would this work? GO BLUE
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Old 16-06-2013, 21:18   #32
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Re: Large Sea Creatures

I've been in the water on scuba with both grays and humpbacks. A couple months ago, while sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, I had a pilot whale dive right under my yak.

Off the Big Sur coast we once had four humpbacks breach in unison directly in front of us, maybe 150 yards dead ahead.

We record all cetacean sightings in the log except for harbor porpoises. Too many of those in SF bay these days.
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne is what I think of when I read all the sightings of whales and other marine creatures.

The enormous grace, power, and intelligence of the whales amaze me, yet, they also scare me. I love to read about the experiences and hope that one day we will get out there and see their mystical beauty safely.
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Should be interesting when an Ohio State submarine goes by! LOL!!
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Old 23-06-2013, 07:45   #35
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Should be interesting when an Ohio State submarine goes by! LOL!!
I just hope HS and NSA don't have any OSU Alumni driving their subs.
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Only about 12-15' long.
We saw this Mola-Mola or ocean sunfish about halfway between Bermuda and Halifax. We were motoring in flat calm when we saw his fin, stopped and we checked each other out for about half an hour before he swam away.

At the time I had no idea what it was, was thinking an injured whale.

They are reported to be quite friendly, might have gone for a swim with him if I'd known.
That thing is so flipping cool looking.
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Three days into our fulltime cruising we were sailing sound along the California Coast 40 miles off Monterey Bay.

There was a lot of Humpback and Ocra whale activity around us... The Orcas were hunting the baby humpbacks.

I saw what looked like a dead humpback, about 40 feet long, floating in the water. I turned to avoid it and all of the sudden it swam belly against my hull. It slid down the port side slapping its fin against the side of the boat twice, chipping the gel coat on the top sides. When it finally swam aft of the boat it raised its tail in the air and dove.

We ended up with five, six foot long scratches in the bottom all the way into the fiberglass. I assume this was from the whale's barnacles.

Either way it scared the crap out of us and for the next 30 minutes or so I was searching for leaks in the bilge.

We never figured out why the whale behaved that way, but assume either it was freaked from the Killer Whale activity or it though my boat was sexy!
Tom...

Your boat was definitely a victim of unwanted advances... Hopefully some incident report was filed to reduce the likelihood of other innocent hulls being taken advantage by this predator....

Sailor g +1 on Blue Whales. We have quite a number now outside of Redondo Beach in California year round.

I thought I had seen it all regarding sea life.... 10's of blues feeding and breaching for hours on end off Point Vicente (Redondo CA area).... Truly amazing...
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Re: Large Sea Creatures

When I fished commercially I was up in the crow's nest one time. About 45' above the water line I spied a whale so large it looked like a reef. A Blue, it ran longer fore and aft than the 75' boat length. A spectacular sight as it ran right next to the boat.

Another time, on a 65' sloop to Hawaii, two Sperm whales breeched a few hundred yards from us. What a sight! Talk about morning breath, you do not want to be so close when downwind.

Another trip running down from Oregon to CA a pod of mostly adult Killer whales, with a few juveniles, ran under the boat. We felt some slight bumping but these whales are built for speed and they were soon gone...much to our relief.

I've seen so many Greys I cannot count that high.
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Three days into our fulltime cruising we were sailing sound along the California Coast 40 miles off Monterey Bay.

There was a lot of Humpback and Ocra whale activity around us... The Orcas were hunting the baby humpbacks.

I saw what looked like a dead humpback, about 40 feet long, floating in the water. I turned to avoid it and all of the sudden it swam belly against my hull. It slid down the port side slapping its fin against the side of the boat twice, chipping the gel coat on the top sides. When it finally swam aft of the boat it raised its tail in the air and dove.

We ended up with five, six foot long scratches in the bottom all the way into the fiberglass. I assume this was from the whale's barnacles.

Either way it scared the crap out of us and for the next 30 minutes or so I was searching for leaks in the bilge.

We never figured out why the whale behaved that way, but assume either it was freaked from the Killer Whale activity or it though my boat was sexy!

Sounds like it was sleeping & you woke it. You probably scared it too. You don't want to wake me up either-LOL! -although coffee soothes me quickly! I am sooo NOT a morning person. Shudder! But I am great at all night watches!!

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I just hope HS and NSA don't have any OSU Alumni driving their subs.
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When we were in the Sea of Cortez we hit (or was hit) by something that actually slowed the boat for a moment. We never saw a thing-no whale, debris,etc. We passed some dolphin earlier though. We figured not ALL dolphin can be quick & graceful-there has to be a couple of dumb, klutzy dolphins that bounce off boats.
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