Friday, March 27, 2009
When I was younger, I was pretty sure I was going to be a marine biologist and was certain I was going to spend my time studying whales and sharks. I even went to sea to do science as well as sailing. While my career path took a slightly different course, my fascination for things aquatic has never wavered and that's one of the reasons this story caught me by surprise. Of all the creatures in the sea, the ones I'd like to see up close and personal most would be Orcas, aka "killer whales", the world's largest dolphin. I've read about them, seen film of them, bought books about them, and in all that time, never knew that they could be found in the Gulf of Mexico. That must have been one hell of a trip for the crew and charter passengers of the 60-foot fishing boat Shady Lady, suddenly finding themselves among as many as 200 killer whales swimming about in pursuit of tuna.