the mighty fluke
It all started on Tuesday when I ran out to go fishing after three days of the port being closed due to high winds and seas. Near the Copalita rivermouth I saw a huge humpback whale in 50' of water, no more than a 1/4 mile from the beach. As I cruised a little farther offshore, I saw a boat watching something and assumed it was another humpback. As I got closer I saw the largest dorsal fin I'd ever seen in my life cutting the water. Orcas! I'd heard they visited Huatulco every now and then, but thought it was myth and rumor. It was a family, with a bodacious big momma, a junior, and a cute little porpoise-sized baby. As I watched them, I noticed a pair of turtles mating nearby and overhead a peregrine falcon was attacking a petrel. Nature gone berserk! There were also eagle rays all over the ocean doing double backflips out of the water. On the way in I saw another humpback whale or two in the distance.
Two days later I took my Canadian visiting friend Rolf out and we saw no less than four humpback whales in the space of an hour. Today I saw a group that I finally got to photograph - of course I forgot my camera the first two times - including a calf. Much as I'm awed by humpbacks, I really really want to see the orcas again. I thought Huatulco had blown my mind in every way possible in the last few years, but apparently it still has some surprises in store for me.