TERRORIZING FLYING FISH
I feel sorry for flying fish. They get attacked by predators from the water below them, and they get dive bombed by birds trying to eat them from above.
We see lots of flying fish on Exit Only. When we sail through a group of them, they take off from the water flying into the wind.
They don’t just fly for a couple of feet before they hit the water once again. They may travel for hundreds of feet in the air before they return to their watery domain.
I suspect that flying fish take off when they feel threatened.
When Exit Only gets near a group of them, they take off to windward of our catamaran. Sometimes it’s only three or four flying fish, but the flying squadron can number in the hundreds.
They come in small, medium, and large sizes, and occasionally I see one of them that appears to fly the length of a football field.
Once the flying fish are airborne, they become the prey of birds circling overhead. In particular, the booby birds see them from fifty feet in the air, and they dive bomb down on the flying fish. The booby birds actually snatch the flying fish right out of the air.
Tonight was the first time I had seen the booby birds catching fish in this manner.
Usually the spindle shaped booby birds dive at 50 mph from great heights to get a fish that might be ten feet or more under the water. They hardly make a splash when they hit the water with their wings tucked back. That’s the way I have seen them feed in the past.
Tonight, the booby birds swooped down at 30 - 50 mph and skimmed the surface of the water picking off flying fish that had made the mistake of taking off as the birds were zooming by.
Dive after dive, and swoop after swoop, the booby birds decimated the flying fish in the air. They picked off the hapless fish and then swallowed them whole as the bird regained altitude for another run.
Booby birds terrorize flying fish and send them into flying fish frenzy.
If I am ever reincarnated, I don’t want to come back as a flying fish.
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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