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A Wild Week of Sea Animal Encounters

sea lionSometimes you just wonder what they’re putting in the water. Monterey Bay Sailing, an ASA sailing school in Monterey, California, snapped this photo of an unusual passenger aboard one of their boats.  That was just part of what has been a week of animals behaving, not badly exactly, but normally, only with humans in closer proximity than usual. Check out these three videos, all of which are startling and breathtaking in their own way.

First up: Orca whales in the Puget Sound decide to take a closer look at some people standing on shore. Luckily, somebody had their camera rolling.

The world’s whale population wasn’t done by a long shot. Here a surfer is minding her own business when a mighty humpback decides to come up for a snack.

And finally, perhaps the most astonishing animal encounter of them all–a flock of starlings. You must see this video to believe it.

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

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Bahamas Adventure: What’s for Dinner?

mahi mahiThis guest post by ASA’s Brenda Wempner is about ASA’s 2011 adventure flotilla in the Exuma Islands (or “Out Islands”) of the Bahamas. Find out more about ASA’s flotillas here.

One of my favorite aspects of sailing in new locations is enjoying the local foods. Flotillas in Florida have gulf shrimp and stone crab, and flotillas in the Northwest have salmon and Dungeness crab. While in the Exuma Islands we were treated to grouper, hog fish, conch and mahi mahi, with one major difference: We participated in the harvest and preparation! Dallas was the expert and was patient with us as we gave first spearfishing and later deep sea fishing a try…way cool!

This video shows part of the group returning from a day on the reef. Some of us snorkeled while others helped Dallas and team catch the fish. Once we were ashore Dallas filleted the fish and cooked them perfectly on an open wood fire beachside. It doesn’t get fresher than this…fantastic!

Here flotilla participant Brent Yates poses with his speargun!
brent yates with speargun

Stay tuned for more videos, pictures and anecdotes from ASA’s Exuma Islands flotilla!