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Trip report 6/11 and video of whale sighting
Posted by DaveF
on 6/12/2015, 8:35 am
We got out on the Venture 3 yesterday and did three stops: Two rockpiles and the NE Sailor.
NOAA was wrong today. Forecasting 3-4 ft seas and up to 20 kt gusts from the SE.
Well, the seas couldn't have been 2 feet and the wind never picked up. The green flies visited us late in the day, which usually means a westernly wind. Regardless of the wind direction, the slight breeze kept the boat nice and cool, and I kept my dry suit on between dives and never get too hot.
The rockpiles were about 50 bottom temp, viz 15 feet. We got sea bass, a few flounder, some bugs and one ugly, toothy monkfish.
On the NE Sailor we had at least 25 ft viz, and the wreck was teeming with nice sized sea bass.
The real treat was on the ride back to Belmar. Captain Paul saw a blowhole spout and steered towards it, and we ended up getting a five minute show from a frolicking Humpback. He breached three times, once about 50 feet in front of the boat. Of course, that's the time I didn't have the camera recording, but if you were lucky enough to be out there, you won't need a video to remember. The video I did get has some really cool shots of him breaching and playing air drum with his flippers.
Link: Humpback whale video
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