Before we sailed across Stellwagen Bank, NW of Cape Cod
, we read the rules for whale watching on NOAA's site. While the whales tend to leave boaters alone, it seems there can be instances when the whales might think the boat is an aggressor, as you're never to approach a whale head
on. Most of the whales came close to us, but then moved along. The only time we felt one moving too quickly towards us was when there was a mom & babe nearby.
Last week when we were returning from Maine
, we think we hit a whale. Sailing along at about 7-8 knots, we suddenly felt our 48 ft catamaran
hit something hard under the keel
. Whatever it was, lifted the port side of the boat up as we bounced across it. We were in deep water
and there was absolutely nothing visible at the surface. It was a hard enough hit to check the bilges. We were relieved to not be taking on water
. It may have been something else, but we were definitely in whale territory. We only hope, if it was a whale, that the animal is ok.
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