Aistė | Kitesurfing, Kita | February 09, 2010
I risk to be boring in my blog but once again Sea of Cortez, its fullness and variety made such an impact on me that I have to describe it. Long time ago I have promised myself to write a blog entry when it’ll happen. When I close my eyes, the sight repeats itself. When I try to sleep, I dream of it.
It being the 12 to 16 metres mamal, weighting approximatly 36.000 kilograms, jumping out of the water and then waving its tale to the little (compared to him) 5-6 metres fishermen panga and five people in it astounded by its closeness of this unbelievable animal.
But lets get back to the beginning another day in the island, another day of kiting in the flat water and constant wind…
Just when we got out of Favios’ boat a school of dolphins started to play in the beach. They just had to check us out when we got into the water. Curious and cheerful animals. We could feel that they are always somewhere around.
The time in the water passes by very quickly. It was already a lunch time. We sat in the empty beach with mexican sandwiches and watched other fishermen pangas run about the horizon. Fabio pointed to the direction of Punta Arena lighthouse. Two humpbacks were playing at the horizon. Breaching, jumping, rolling, coming closer to us but then again closer to horizon and just enjoying themselves for more than half an hour. I’m so sorry that my 400 mm lense was too short to capture all the magic of the view…
In the noon session on the water few mantas visited our beach and greeted us by jumping and splashing the water. However, we all were still stunned by the whale performance. One of mine students that day was learning how to jump and he did it. Still the whole jump thing was wrapped in the magic of whales. The biggest trophy for him that day was the photo of him kiting and the humpback breaching in the horizon.
But that’s not the end of the story. Coming back from the island we met another couple of whales. Just in front of us. Few hundred meters away. One of them jumped out of the water showing all of his huge body and leaving a splash of water about 50 meters high. Then they waves to us with their tales and went down.
The excitement that I feel and that has inspired me to write this blog is most probably a normal thing. And it might seem funny. But I bet that no one can feel indifferent for the dignity of that animal. It makes me smile and I hope that this experience will make smile at least some of my readers.