2/23/2012 – A complete fluke

We were down below yesterday late afternoon, anchored just outside the entry channel to Puerto Escondido.  We both heard a fairly loud, slow “whoooosh”.  Our first thought was that it was a whale exhaling near the boat. Then, although we decided that was very unlikely, we both climbed out on deck to see.

Well, I’ll be damned if it wasn’t just what we thought it couldn’t be, a WHALE!  Hard to tell how big it was or even what type it was but I think it was about 30′ long.  I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a gray whale as it had a more pronounced dorsal fin.  Started perusing Google but I have limited battery power so I aborted the search.  Suffice it to say, it was COOL, whatever it was.

It would break the surface usually 3 or 4 times to take a breath.  Then, on the last surfacing, it would arch it’s back and show its fluke before sounding.

I got several shots like this although none were great.  This is due to the stupid delay between pressing the button and the shutter actually firing on point-and-shoot digital cameras.  Also, it was very hard to follow the whale’s movements through the little screen on the back of the camera.  But, all-in-all, not too bad a shot.

He would stay down for 15-20 minutes and then surface and repeat the movement: three or four breaths and then sound, showing his tail each time he sounded.  We watched this for over an hour before it got too dark to really follow his movements anymore.   Pretty exciting stuff for us.

We also heard that there was a whale shark inside Puerto Escondido yesterday.  You can see a picture of it on the Hidden Port Yacht Club’s Facebook page.

What a bitchin’ place to be!


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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5 Responses to 2/23/2012 – A complete fluke

  1. Joan/Raymond Yoder says:

    Wow, that is something. I was hoping in your sailing that you would see a whale. Love, Mom

  2. MWhite:LittleCunningPlan says:

    You’re killing me here! A whale AND a whale shark! Next time use my super secret agent way of taking photos when wildlife is present. Stand with the shutter button pushed halfway down ALL THE TIME! Then when the whales does something spectacular, deploy. You have to be vigilant about keeping the button partly pushed down and the camera in focus all the time. It has to be worth it to you, though.

  3. What a great ending to your day. Here in Dana Pt we have been watching the grays migrating. Yesterday we saw a mama & calf & 2 fin whales. I am in awe every time I see them.

  4. Amazing!! We were in Puerto Escondido in November of last year but we were certainly not fortunate enough to see a whale or whale shark, much less BOTH! What a treat. The photo on the Hidden Port Yacht Club’s site is great!
    Katie and Mark

  5. Dani says:

    How cool!! Would love to see a whale up close and personal. How’s that for evening entertainment?

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