O' Sondador - October 15, 2006
We went out this morning on a whale watching/fishing trip. The whales migrate offshore of Angola this time of the year. We have been wanting to go for a while, but only got a chance to go today. We went out about 4 miles, put out a spread of lures and then drove around looking for either a fish or a whale. The whales did not dissappoint. After about an hour of trolling, we saw some about a mile away so we reeled in the baits and ran towards them. We were about to get really close to them. In fact, I would not have felt comfortable any closer.
For the most part, they kept moving. When we would get close to them, they would sound and then come back up a few hundred yards away. We were able to anticipate where they would come up based on the direction they were swimming. At one point, one of them just sat still with his tail out of the water (see 1st pic). It stayed like that for about a minute or so. I think stopped and was watching us trying to figure out what we were.
It was truly an amazing experience. I know nothing about whales but all I can say is that they were HUGE!!! If I found out they were 100 feet long or bigger it would not surprize me. The small part of their back that came out of the water was much wider than the boat and you could tell that their overall girth was much larger.
As for the fishing, we only had one small dolphin but I must admit it was an after thought after the whales. Anybody able to tell what type they are from the pictures? My guess is hump-back or a blue-whale, but I really have no idea.
Stay tuned, the fishing season is just now starting over here. I look to be getting back out there much more over the next few months.
Last edited by makoclay; 10-15-2006 at 03:09 PM.
Reason: add pic of tail