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Nice one Ken ! Do these beasts eat FISH?????????????????????
I'll tell you tomorrow mate, going to Lundy whale spotting :laugh: should be easy to spot :laugh:

The Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also called the Finback Whale, Razorback, or Common Rorqual, is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. It is the second largest whale and the second largest living animal after the Blue Whale,[3] growing to nearly 27 meters (88 ft) long.[3]

Long and slender, the Fin Whale's body is brownish-grey with a paler underside. There are at least two distinct subspecies: the Northern Fin Whale of the North Atlantic, and the larger Antarctic Fin Whale of the Southern Ocean. It is found in all the world's major oceans, from polar to tropical waters. It is absent only from waters close to the ice pack at both the north and south poles and relatively small areas of water away from the open ocean. The highest population density occurs in temperate and cool waters.[4] Its food consists of small schooling fish, squid, and crustaceans including mysids and krill.

Like all other large whales, the Fin Whale was heavily hunted during the twentieth century and is an endangered species. Almost 750,000 Fin Whales were taken from the Southern Hemisphere alone between 1904 and 1979[5] and less than 3,000 currently remain. [6] The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has issued a moratorium on commercial hunting of this whale,[7] although Iceland and Japan have announced intentions to resume hunting, the latter country stating it will kill a quota of 50 whales for the 2008 season under special permission approved in the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. The species is also hunted by Greenlanders under the Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling provisions of the IWC. Collisions with ships and noise from human activity are also significant threats to the recovery of the species.
Could be where all the mackerel have vanished to :laugh:
 

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I'll tell you tomorrow mate, going to Lundy whale spotting :laugh: should be easy to spot :laugh:



Could be where all the mackerel have vanished to :laugh:
Best you take plenty of artificials and frozen with you then mate!
 

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So our seas are not devoid of life. I was lucky enough to see a Fin Whale while in maderia, Very impressive sight, that whale was also accompanied by a pod of doliphins... i think they were striped dolphin in maderia. With the amount of bird activity in the film id say the whales and dolphins had a shoal of fish there. Again, Very cool to have them around our coast.
 

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Too bloody royal - if them bloody things are eating all the fish then I vote we phone the Japanese embassy - see if we can't borrow a couple of their harpoons - re-name the Cleavage the Pequod and have at them, you with me C'apn Ahab?
Don't go blaming the whales for your lack of fishing prowess.
Other peeps seem to catch fish.
 

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Plenty of whales to see from the Plymouth Santander ferry, Go as a foot passenger on a return ticket and you get a good weekend away with some superb views of several species of whales - highly recommended!
Bit of a bugger trying to fish for mackies at 35 knots though:crazy:
 

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Too bloody royal - if them bloody things are eating all the fish then I vote we phone the Japanese embassy - see if we can't borrow a couple of their harpoons - re-name the Cleavage the Pequod and have at them, you with me C'apn Ahab?
that I am having a leg amputated to go chasing bloody whales you can think again:nono:
Are we going to do a razor collecting "beach landing" on Saturday at low water? take salt with you, we can go well up the beach without having to walk, & we wont have that long walk back either, get some for the winter, & some for the frying pan :yeah:
 

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Imagine sat there quietly minding your own business feathers over the side after a few mackie, little tump tump tump mackie on reeling in and it comes to a dead stop :g: B*gg*r snag you thinks and then the boat starts moving off up tide :eek:hmy: you thinks we have a major problem on our hands as a hundred yards ahead the whale surfaces :whistling not a happy bunny :wallbash::hammer: let's hope he does not turn around and see us.
 

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String of mackerel feathers on a brand new Lazer spinning rod, just off Oxwich Point very early one morning, my mate was in the cabin putting the frying pan on, & I was charged on getting mackerel for breakfast. I was well into "the fever" when the water around the side of the boat went navy blue, & a great big eye went white, & the string of mackerel went down its throat, & it headed off!:yeah:
Like a total knob I let it take line then tightened up on it:nonono: it never even realised it was hooked and the line went out against the clutch so I tightened a bit more, not a good idea, it realised all was not well & headed off down & god knows where, but it shot under the boat at a rate of knots & used the handrail on the old Shetland 535 as a fulcrum over which to bend the rod.
Common sense & hindsight are wonderful things unfortunately I had neither & the rod went crrrrrrrrrrrack! & the line went "ping" against the tightened clutch, & my mate came out of the cabin & said "what the **** are you playing at, I'm making breakfast, where's the ******* mackerel you were supposed to be catching":shutup:
 

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String of mackerel feathers on a brand new Lazer spinning rod, just off Oxwich Point very early one morning, my mate was in the cabin putting the frying pan on, & I was charged on getting mackerel for breakfast. I was well into "the fever" when the water around the side of the boat went navy blue, & a great big eye went white, & the string of mackerel went down its throat, & it headed off!:yeah:
Like a total knob I let it take line then tightened up on it:nonono: it never even realised it was hooked and the line went out against the clutch so I tightened a bit more, not a good idea, it realised all was not well & headed off down & god knows where, but it shot under the boat at a rate of knots & used the handrail on the old Shetland 535 as a fulcrum over which to bend the rod.
Common sense & hindsight are wonderful things unfortunately I had neither & the rod went crrrrrrrrrrrack! & the line went "ping" against the tightened clutch, & my mate came out of the cabin & said "what the **** are you playing at, I'm making breakfast, where's the ******* mackerel you were supposed to be catching":shutup:
pmsl!!!!!!!!!!!:thumbs:
 

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Picture taken aboard White Water returning from a trip out into the Celtic Deeps last week.

Not the best pic as it was going dark, and boats tend to bob about a bit, and Whales tend to move about a bit, but the spectacle was amazing. They are massive animals and definitely fish eaters. The amount of birds and Dolphins following them would not be interested in a few leftovers from plankton eaters.

Was a great day out there, we saw Porpoises, Dolphins, Whales, Basking Sharks and the biggest Sunfish I've ever seen.

Oh, we caught a few sharks too. Biggest 140lb.

Pel.
 

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Imagine sat there quietly minding your own business feathers over the side after a few mackie, little tump tump tump mackie on reeling in and it comes to a dead stop :g: B*gg*r snag you thinks and then the boat starts moving off up tide :eek:hmy: you thinks we have a major problem on our hands as a hundred yards ahead the whale surfaces :whistling not a happy bunny :wallbash::hammer: let's hope he does not turn around and see us.
Nice one Ken PMSL :laugh:
 

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Picture taken aboard White Water returning from a trip out into the Celtic Deeps last week.

Not the best pic as it was going dark, and boats tend to bob about a bit, and Whales tend to move about a bit, but the spectacle was amazing. They are massive animals and definitely fish eaters. The amount of birds and Dolphins following them would not be interested in a few leftovers from plankton eaters.

Was a great day out there, we saw Porpoises, Dolphins, Whales, Basking Sharks and the biggest Sunfish I've ever seen.

Oh, we caught a few sharks too. Biggest 140lb.

Pel.
Thats some big whales there Pel, fantastic photo :thumbs:
 
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