|The Channel of the Leaping Humpbacks|
Posted by Patrick on November 26, 2005 at 18:29:57:|
In Reply to: The Island of the Blue Dolphins... posted by Brad on November 26, 2005 at 17:43:45:
The week before last, after spending five days with the NPS surveying, mapping and documenting the wreck site of the AGGI at Talcott Shoal, we were attempting to find the least abusive (for us) way to make it back to Ventura Harbor in the face of some pretty stiff Santa Anas. We were tucked in close along the north shore of Santa Cruz Is., just about to Painted Cave, protected, but still taking occasional green water over the bow. Attention of the wheelhouse crew had been shifting across the channel to the immense plume of smoke cloaking the shoreline form the fires in Ventura. During one of these glances, somebody said, “What the hell is that!?” point to an immense plume of spray being whipped away by the stronger winds in mid channel. Then we saw: Humpback whales! 5 or 6 of them, leaping like they were trying to become airborne. Straight leaps like rocket launches. Spiral leaps where their huge pectoral fins would whip the spray out like a pinwheel. And the occasional “regular” breech, with only 2/3 of their bodies clearing the sea.
It was spectacular!
It was awesome!
It was local!
And the only pictures we took away from the encounter are in our heads.
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