Video: Pilot Whales!

While sailing from Los Gatos to Agua Verde, a small pod of pilot whales joined us. Here’s the video, complete with geeky narration so you can learn a little bit about these graceful cetaceans:

 

Pilot whales are more closely related to dolphins than whales, and they are a cousin to killer whales. They are supposedly indifferent to boats, so it was a treat to be flanked closely on both sides by this pod.

SHARK! Nope, it's the arc of a pilot whale dorsal fin.

SHARK! Nope, it’s the arc of a pilot whale dorsal fin.

 

We know we won't see them for a few minutes when we see their arched tail stock and then their fluke, since this signals a deeper dive.

We know we won’t see them for a few minutes when we see their arched tail stock and then their fluke, since this signals a deeper dive.

 

A pair in the morning light.

A pair in the morning light.

 

Capturing the big exhale at the surface.

Capturing the big exhale at the surface.

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