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The morning after the whales appeared, Captain Winn had to remove pieces of rope and net that were entangled in his propeller. He put on his fins, snorkel and mask, entered the water, and started removing the ropes and net. Shortly after starting, he was surprised and startled when the female whale swam up, within three feet of him, and made eye contact.
In 1850, the final years of 'Yankee whaling', the Captain of a whaling vessel wrote an article entitled 'A Polar Whale's Appeal'. This article, which is a first person narrative spoken by a Bowhead Whale, is a plea on behalf of the 'Whale Nation' to put an end to the killing of his species. It was published in 'The Honolulu Friend' on October 15, 1850. We came across this article in the archives of the New Bedford whaling museum, Massachusetts while conducting research for the establishment of The Oceania Project in 1986.
Whale sightings since November 2011
(Gray Whale Season):
61 Gray Whales, 24 Killer Whales, 3 Minke Whales, 3 Humpback Whales, 8 Blue Whales, 81 Fin Whales