A Wild Week of Sea Animal Encounters

Sometimes 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. …

Bahamas Adventure: What’s for Dinner?

This 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 …