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Old 07-23-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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Do you know anyone that has hit a whale?...I know of three.

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Old 07-23-2008, 04:20 PM   #2
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We've had one tail strike with a whale that was attempting to dive quickly, and 3 other near misses. But this is Orca country, and things get dangerous a month after calves are birthed. The calves don't sleep for their first month (and as a result, neither do their moms) so while that's good for whale watching - it's a real hazzard a month later when they are understandably pretty tired. You really have to keep your eyes peeled at sunrise while sailing the San Juans during the spring and fall, as there are Orcas everywhere. Sadly, reported whale strikes are up everywhere.

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Magdellena Bay Baja I was motoring out in thick fog. There was one little spot of sunlight, and in it a whale was lying on the surface. I missed him by 15 ft., but it seemed like 15 inches. I went back, and anchored until the fog dissipated.
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Seems like it is premeditated and planned?

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Old 07-30-2008, 03:30 PM   #5
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This weekend on our way to Catalina at sunset, we crossed paths with 3 blue whales making way in a Southerly direction. They were moving at a good clip nose to tail. If we hadn't reduced speed, we certainly would have t-boned one of them.
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I have been following the Hackings for some time and they hit a whale or rather a whale hit them.



on was on watch at about 6:30am when he suddenly saw, in a wave trough, what appeared to be a huge log floating just in front of us. He quickly disengaged the autopilot and wrenched the wheel hard to the right. Looking up, he recognized the "log" to be the back of a huge sleeping whale. But there wasn't enough time for Ocelot to turn as far as was needed. We came down (gently) on the whale with

our port keel and then it dove, whacking us a good one with its tail back by the engine room as it did so.


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Earlier this week, we spent a couple days sailing off Baja. We ghosted by a sleeping whale at 2 am. The steady slow breathing sounds alerted us to its presence, the night air was calm with no real wind to speak of and we heard its breathing about 15 minutes before drifting by it and still heard it for another 20 minutes or so afterwards.

On the same passage, we saw the very tall vertical blow of a pod of either Blue Whales or Fin Whales in the distance. Later, 3 Fin Whales were sighted within 25 yards of the boat. We also saw a huge pod of smaller whales that we couldn't identify and I'm searching the web for info on them now.

It would certainly be easy to hit one of these whales while sailing!
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