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Old 07-11-2010, 15:56   #91
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“... The sailors - Ralph Mothes and his partner, Paloma Werner - were uninjured, and the sailboat's steel hull remained intact, allowing the couple to motor back to Cape Town Harbour...”

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Score another one for steel. I was looking at that thing for a few minutes thinking "There's no way a fiberglass boat survives a friggin' whale landing on the deck. It's probably sinking in this picture."

Yeah, now I feel a little bad for the whale. That must've hut.
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and the sailboat's steel hull remained intact,
Once upon a terrible time, my crew and I fell off the deck of big ship, while sitting on the deck a 45' steel yacht! Most of us ended up in hospital, and the steel yacht, outside of loosing her masts, and no doors would ever close again, came up and floated!
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“... The sailors - Ralph Mothes and his partner, Paloma Werner - were uninjured, and the sailboat's steel hull remained intact, allowing the couple to motor back to Cape Town Harbour...”

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The article talks about them being accused of harrassing the whale. What I had original read was that others had been out there harassing it. I doubt the sailor was harrassing the whale but obviously they were to close. They even say they had been watching it and suddenly it breached. I have heard that most incidents with whales come from people getting too close to them. Want to be safe? Watch from a distance with binoculars.
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most incidents with whales come from people getting too close to them. Want to be safe? Watch from a distance with binoculars.
In Tonga near Neafu they have lots of birthing cows and bubbies and lots of tourist boats watching them. The law there has a clear stipulation that only 1 boat at a time can approach and then to 300 meter minimum.

So we are drifting through the area one day and want to have a bit of a look.... We know we will have to wait out turn and give the tourist boats priority.
From 8 am there was a high speed boat right next to this monther and calf within meters of it, often with another torusit boat waiting its turn... we never got a chance to be anywhere and in the end just felt so sorry for the whales. We left at midday. So that mother and new born were harassed within meters for at least 4 hours solid.

I'd breach too!

The photo below is blurry etc but shows you how close they were all the time. Note the mother and calf clearly visable. Also note the size of the cameras on the motor boat: they didnt have to be that close!
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Sailing in Newfoundland you often see whales. They tend to come into the bays following the caplin, a small sardine like fish that swim in schools and lay eggs on the beach. Mostly humpbacks and minkes.

We had a small beluga spend many months in harbor a couple of years ago. The last things we saw when leaving to come back to 'civilization' was a pilotless boat being pulled by the whale, his 'tug' toy.

While I will never know for sure, I think I saw a blue whale one summer. I was on the south coast and only saw one whale all trip. But that guy was huge and of a gray color. I heard it blow and looked up to see it slowly breeching, and breeching, and breeching, and there is a small dorsal, and breeching, .........................just huge.

Several times we have seen humpbacks doing full aerobatic jumps. Clean out of the water. They must be down deep when the start to get that kind of momentum up. I seriously doubt that they can see the surface when that urge hits them.

No that's sailing in Newfoundland: ice, rocks, and whales. That's why we have steel.
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