Two hundred miles east of Gibraltar in the Mediterranean Sea we saw two large floating black logs about 100 meters to starboard.  It seemed odd there would be logs floating in the western Med, and so we made a ninety degree turn to starboard to inspect the floating debris.  As we got closer, we noted that the logs had fins, and they were also moving through the water.  How unusual.  That's the first time we had ever seen logs with fins.  Then the logs spouted water into the air.  Logs that spout water are even more unusual.  We started our second engine, and motored closer to see exactly what was happening.


We glided cautiously through the sea at three to four knots as we made our approach.  Suddenly the logs were transformed into pilot whales.  A mother and her calf were cavorting in the smooth water.  We slowed down, and Exit Only came within ten feet of these gentle giants who demonstrated no fear of our yacht.  They dilly dallied about relaxing on the surface, sometimes remaining stationary, and at other times moving with the boat.  Sometimes they dove under the bow and resurfaced behind the stern.



We slowly motored along with mother and child for half an hour until the male pilot whale showed up. He was all business.  It was his job to let us know he would hold us personally responsible if any harm came to his family.  We spotted him swimming directly for Exit Only when he was several hundred feet to the south.  He wasn't meandering or cavorting.  He was rocketing toward us, and he was on a mission.  He surfaced beside Exit Only on the port side blowing bubbles under water in an obvious display to inform us of his presence.  Then he came up directly under the catamaran , and began making a cacophony of squeals, grunts and bubbles echoing between our two hulls.  He let us know he was there and that he was in charge, and if we stepped out of line, he would smash our fiberglass boat to smithereens with his immense bulk.



We wondered whether he would become more aggressive and teach us a lesson we would never forget.  At moments like that, you begin to think about boat insurance and life rafts.  Any negative and fearful fantasies quickly disappeared from our minds as the gentle giant dove between our hulls and surfaced off to port at a safe distance.  He had made his point without ramming our boat giving him a headache and us a headache as well.  We got the message, he was satisfied, and he slowly swam away.



Meanwhile, mother and child continued to cavort alongside our yacht. We followed them for another half an hour realizing we had been privileged to negotiate a truce on the high seas with these powerful creatures.  They obviously meant us no harm.  I sincerely hope these gentle creatures can stay away from those few remaining rogue nations that allow whaling to continue on the high seas.  If there is an axis of evil anywhere in the world, it would include those human predators who commit whalocide, because they slaughter the innocent to fill their pockets with cash.


Everyone should have the privilege of sailing with whales.  Once they get to know these gentle giants, they will realize that driving whales into extinction is a crime against humanity.



Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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