Saturday, March 10, 2012

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer

I was sitting on our lanai one afternoon watching the whales and I saw this moron on a surf board paddling out towards a whale that was swimming along the surface about 200 yards out from the shore. I only say moron because to be more descriptive would require the use of some "colorfull" four letter words.

The state of Hawaii requires everybody, businesses and people, including tourists, to keep a minimum of 100 feet away from the whales unless they approach you. In the event a whale or whales approaches your vessel you are required to kill the engines/stop moving and drift until the whales are at least the 100 feet away from you. Under no circumstances are you to intentionally aproach the whales like this moron did.

In all honesty I have to say I kept my camera trained on the whale just in case the whale decided to give this moron a well deserved tail slap. It never happened but I was waiting! After about two mintues the whale disappeared under the surface leaving the person on the board a long paddle back to the beach.

This wasn't the only person that I saw try this but the others were unsuccessful at getting to the whales before they went under water.


  1. Your picture would be Yahoo shot of the week if you could capture a tail slap on this guy. LOL.

  2. Yup! A tail slap would have created some action!
    A kayak about fifty yards away would probably give an up close and personal shot with a good lens, providing the whale didn't decide to surface right under you!

  3. I can't help but think that whales are very patient and intelligent creatures by the way they react to situations like this.

    The fellow on the surf board should have been slapped in jail for his actions!

    Good capture Ron!

  4. Quite a size mismatch by the looks of it :^)

  5. Great shot and I agree. Wow what an idiot.


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