Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Anybody in this area been out there?

The frustrations of being land-locked -- oh how I'd love to see a Blue Whale.

Tourists from around the world have been flocking to Monterey Bay to catch a glimpse of the massive marine mammals, including impressive numbers of blue whales, the largest animals on earth.

Longtime observers say they've seen a sharp increase in endangered blue and humpback whales feeding near California shores, where they spend the spring and summer before heading to their winter breeding grounds off Mexico and Central America.


Montag said...

Not to Monterey (well, not in a long time).

The only blue whale I've seen was off the Stellwagen Banks, east of Massachusetts. It probably had come down from the group that's permanently around the St. Lawrence Seaway in search of food.

And they are, indeed, as big as their descriptions. The boat I was on was a converted 90-foot trawler, and the blue was as long or slightly longer than the boat. Went right by about ten feet away and fifteen feet underwater in the opposite direction. Looked down into the whale's eye for about ten seconds, and had the distinct feeling that the whale was thinking, "you're on my turf now."

pansypoo said...

we have PBS.