It’s not always about the fishing… wait who am I kidding, IT IS always about the fishing, though the underwater world is absolutely fascinating. There is still much to be discovered and understood about the on-goings of the deep sea. It is this mystery that keeps man on his toes, continuously diving deeper in hopes of new discovery.
Occasionally, while trolling the Sea of Cortez, quoted to be the “Aquarium Of The World” by famous explorer Jaques Cousteau, we come upon rare creatures of the deep. Due to the constant evolution and access to new technology man is able to capture moments in time, that at one time in history were purely word of mouth myth.
Here we are, with Team Pelagic Gear on board, trolling along, patiently waiting for “The Big One” to hop on the line, when we notice an odd group of marine mammals on the surface. Due to the fact that it was nowhere near the time of year to see whales in the area, we curiously and cautiously moved closer. Luckily, Team Pelagic only travels with the most modern filming equipment, as you can see from their many fantastic videos. They pulled out their drone and were able to get a non-intrusive closer look that the rare creatures we saw before us. You can see the full footage in the video below.
With further research, we believe we were able to identify the creatures as Beaked Whales. Beaked whales are one of the least known groups of mammals because of their deep-sea habitat, mysterious habits, and apparent low abundance. Among air-breathing animals, beaked whales are some of the most extreme divers, with some species regularly diving for an hour at a depth over 3,300 ft. The longest and deepest foraging dive recorded is 137.5 minutes at 9,816 ft. This is the greatest dive-depth known for any mammal. Beaked whales are moderate in size, ranging from 13 to 43 ft and weighing from 1 to 15 tonnes. Their key distinguishing feature is the presence of a ‘beak’, somewhat similar to many dolphins.
The film below shows the pod of 13+ whales hanging out one the surface of the sea. We did catch some great fish that same trip off the shores of Los Cabo’s, yet this amazing and rare spectacle was a site to be seen. You just never know what you are going to come upon when fishing these intriguing waters. To book your own once in a lifetime experience aboard the Chupacabra contact Captain Clay Hensley by email:firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 1.954.401.8133 (US) or 624.108.4506 (MX). We look forward to having you on board.