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!