The hazy skies and reduced visibility made our job a little more difficult than usual today. Luckily, we spotted a humpback whale named Gondolier just as we were about to move our search to a different area. Short dive times gave us plenty of opportunities to view this animal as he circled around the area.
On our way home, we got some quick looks at a minke whale, too. Then as we continued on, a few lucky folks (maybe just our interns and mate) saw something most unusual. A basking shark breached inches from the boat as we were heading at full speed. It was close enough that the splash soaked the back deck! We've seen basking sharks breach before but NEVER that close! What will we see next??