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Dick posted 01-04-2002 08:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dick   Send Email to Dick  
For the past two days there has been a young male Orca whale that grounded himself inside the spit at Sequim, Wa. What they think was his mother was dead. Wldlife people have been trying to tow him out to open water for the two days with no success. They got him back to open water this afternoon, quite a sight on the evening news as he was swimming away. One of the most beautiful creatures in the water.
The primary boat was a hardbottom inflatable but there was a Whaler assisting. Only got a brief look at it but it looked like a
17 Standard.

Nice to see happy endings.

Tsuriki BW posted 01-05-2002 03:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Saw the same news. Looks like they had to try to get it out to the ocean a second time. The Whaler played a good part in the rescue operation.

I thought of you and "Murphy Girl" when I saw it.

BTW saw a lot of Whalers during the Tengu salmon Derby we just finished. From 13' through Montauks, Newports to a couple of Outrages.

Husband/wife team that got #1 and #2 in the Derby were in a 15'. (She was #1 last year)

We got skunked in my Dauntless 14....go figure.


jimh posted 01-05-2002 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A few years ago I read a work of fiction about Orcas. This was a very interesting book, and it was written from the point of view of the Orca, as if the reader were swimming around in the brain of an big Orca male as he travelled the globe.

Sorry that I don't have a better citation for this work. After reading it I have much more respect for this species than I did when they were just "Killer Whales".

Dick posted 01-05-2002 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Sure would like to find that book sounds like some great reading.

Sorry you got skunked, sounds like most of my trips.

Update on the Orca. Last report had him swimming for the open ocean and the dead female and he were mates rather than mother and son.


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