Originally Posted by Bigmuz7
I dont think folks realise the size of these things. even when you are in your own comfort zone of your well prepared RIB .. when a Minke surfaces next to you and all you can see is its 6 feet wide back/body as it arcs silently next to you .. kinda humbles you
Yeah, as you say, humbling.
I was sailing from Liverpool down to the Canaries in 2009, running before a force 8 which was exhilarating but required full concentration on the helm in order not to broach, when a Minke surfaced 50 metres fine off the port bow.
It proceeded to swim casually alongside for 30 minutes just 6 feet away, maintaining it's position effortlessly, but I can assure you it wasn't a 'relaxing' experience for me due to the weather conditions!
All I can say is that it was certainly wide awake and made sure I remained similarly 'focused'.
By the way, has anyone else out there suffered the effects of smelling whale breath? Indescribable.