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Chance Encounters Between Ships and Whales

By Daria Blackwell — last modified Feb 18, 2013 11:12 AM
Daria Blackwell's interesting report on her own experiences as well as those of others, both recent and historical.

Published: 2013-02-18 11:12:08
Topics: Cruising Information , Environment , Safety and Medical

Most sailors setting off on a passage dream of encountering wildlife at sea. Yet ask blue water sailors about their biggest fears, and near the top of the list is likely to be ‘striking a whale’. It’s one of the events most likely to be catastrophic at sea. Today, we can usually avoid really bad weather, but can we avoid a sleeping whale at night? And what is the likelihood of a chance encounter with a whale? It may not be as rare (or as common) as one might think, depending on location.

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Daria Blackwell is a members of the Ocean Cruising Club and writes for their official journal, the Flying Fish, where this article originally appeared.

Please visit the OCC website for more information.

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