December 30, 2012
Meet Farley the Fin Whale who “mugged” our boat and left behind a heart-shaped footprint! As seen on NBC-LA.
Whale watching passengers got the show of a lifetime when a fin whale “mugged” (circled very closely) our catamaran repeatedly within one to two miles of Dana Point Harbor, California. Fin whales are the second largest baleen whale and are seen throughout the year off the coast of Orange County. In a very unusual display of affectionate behavior this fin whale, nicknamed Farley, came almost within arm’s reach of whale watchers and allowed us the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see it underwater from our Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. During the “mugging” our boat remained stationary and in neutral so we did not disturb the animal.
We are the first whale watching boat in the world to broadcast our trips live on the internet. Thrilled viewers in New York, whose family were on board our Dolphin and Whale Safari, watched LIVE as Farley the fin whale swam directly at our bow during our live trip broadcast on WhaleWatchingTV.com!
Dana Point whale watchers have seen Farley for a few days now and the whale seems to enjoy the company of our sailing catamaran. Farley is here feeding on krill, a small shrimp-like crustacean that was seen in long ropes on the surface of the water. Fin whales can eat up to two tons of food each day.