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Uploaded on Sep 8, 2010
Blue whales surround and dive under a sailboat on Santa Monica Bay.
On Labor Day 2010 there were 200 blue whales in our local waters. We went for a day sail and heard them vocalize (but that's another video). Then we went out again that evening, and with sails up but no wind, were just bobbing in the water when we were approached by three giant blue whales. One went off to the side, two of them stopped just short of our hull -- giant noses pressed against us -- and then dove under our hull and keel. They were enormous!
The action was filmed by Stephen Graziano first and then by Charlie Bisharat who was at the beam with his iphone.
After we put down the camera and had a stiff drink, another blue whale breached 3 ft. from our bow, and then another "spyhopped", sticking his (or her) enormous noggin out of the water to take a look at us. I (the hysterical woman in the video) was the only one who saw it. I couldn't speak. The whale and I just stared at each other until he sunk back down into the blue.
It was truly the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me. We've been "whale watching" onboard our sailboat Windfall (336 Hunter) since, but haven't come close to replicating the magic of that night.