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55m Down Somewhere Off Maui
January 26, 2013 3:09 PM   Subscribe

Whales off Maui Divers encounter a group of humpback whales (slyt).
posted by jontyjago (20 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hanuaph whaaa hnph...mmmph shaaank. Whaaaa hanuamph hoooool shnt! Shnt.
posted by jimmythefish at 3:14 PM on January 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


My wife and I did snuba off the coast of Maui during late calving season and got to hear whales singing to each other. One of the most treasured memories of my life.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:22 PM on January 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


GoPro Blue.

I think this just convinced me and my SO to get SCUBA certified and go diving. Those whales...
posted by olya at 3:27 PM on January 26, 2013


Okay, that was awesome.
posted by KokuRyu at 3:33 PM on January 26, 2013


I cringed at their lack of concern about the coral they were practically standing on and brushing up against. The whales were awesome but please, please, please don't fuck up the coral.
posted by ooga_booga at 4:27 PM on January 26, 2013 [10 favorites]


I have totally waved at whales before.
posted by arcticseal at 5:18 PM on January 26, 2013


I'd probably get teary eyed, and then the rest of the dive would be really irritating because the inside of my mask would be wet.
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:13 PM on January 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


The blatant strokery offends my delicate sensibilities. But what I wouldn't give to see that in person!
posted by deadbilly at 6:57 PM on January 26, 2013


I went scuba diving off Oahu, and we were only 40ft down. If you've ever been claustrophobic, this deep stuff will drive you batty. I could feel the pressure just watching the video!
posted by blue_beetle at 7:02 PM on January 26, 2013


what beautiful creatures!
posted by beau jackson at 7:04 PM on January 26, 2013


I'd probably get teary eyed, and then the rest of the dive would be really irritating because the inside of my mask would be wet.

That's ok, because one of the basic skills you learn in certification is mask clearing!

I miss diving, it's been decades since I've spent any real time in the water. It's an amazing experience, something I wish more people could experience. Both because it's so fun, and because it helps promote science and respect for the complex and vulnerable systems at work in our world.
posted by formless at 7:06 PM on January 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Why are whales so affecting? Hell, I misted up a bit just watching this video.

I do wish they'd been more careful with the coral though ...
posted by lunasol at 9:02 PM on January 26, 2013


That was absolutely amazing; the whole giant silhouette coming out of the murky darkness has my subconscious shouting that it is time to be worried, but somehow it all just seems very surreal and beautiful.

I do really like the bit where the whales did their "flyby" and after a few short wiggles to get up to speed, they go still so that they can glide by as invisibly as possible.

Probably me anthropomorphizing, but as smart as they are, I can believe that they'd know to be stealthy while observing the neat new wildlife.
posted by quin at 9:03 PM on January 26, 2013


Those guys are in $20K+ of equipment each. They know better than to stand on the coral.
posted by higginba at 9:21 PM on January 26, 2013


Wow. That is amazing!
posted by brundlefly at 11:14 PM on January 26, 2013


The whale sounds are awesome! Rebreathers are awesome too! Awesomely expensive.
posted by fnerg at 11:50 PM on January 26, 2013


FWIW:
"3 hours ago
Drew aka, Achilles
NO, they are not stomping on coral, they are standing on the lava rock´╗┐ and sand bed. These fine folks are conscientious divers to environment and surroundings. As to "why they aren't really approaching them" Are you referring to why the divers are not or the whales are not approaching them? Bottom line is... this is an awesome film and amazing experience! I'm envious! :)"
posted by Chuffy at 1:22 AM on January 27, 2013


Those guys are in $20K+ of equipment each. They know better than to stand on the coral

Sadly, money and wisdom are not related.
posted by blue_beetle at 6:59 AM on January 27, 2013


Wow. I'm not sure I've seen footage like that looking *up* at whales before.
That's just lovely. So graceful in their element.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:48 AM on January 27, 2013


Those guys are in $20K+ of equipment each. They know better than to stand on the coral

By this metric anyone who can afford a luxury automobile would never get into an accident. Expensive goods do not confer intelligence.


ANYWAY. The ocean is huge and scary and full of stuff and I like it and I fear it at the same time and there are things in it that are gross and things I would prolly hug. That is all.
posted by elizardbits at 12:55 PM on January 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


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