The OBA Community Website

Covering the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast (AFGC)tm since 2006!

Whale Shark in the Gulf Captured by Capt. Greg with Last Cast
By R. Ken Cooper - above photo is a whale shark captured by Capt. Greg with Last Cast on August 12, 2009. 
July 25, 2017 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - We recently shared a video of a whale sighting in the gulf about 80 miles south of Orange Beach. The video attracted a lot of attention and comments. We were a little surprised to learn that so many folks didn't know that there were whales in the gulf. We decided to add a collection of videos showing some of the sightings of whales in the gulf.
Below is the video we shared on July 24th. It was taken by Derek Taylor from Atlanta while he and his sons were out fishing on a calm day in the gulf. 
We learned this morning from Keith D. Mullin, Ph.D., the Marine Mammal Program Manager at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center with the National Marine Fisheries Service that this video actually showed 2 or 3 sperm whales breaching the water during the clip. 
Addison Gilley, a mate on Salty Dog Fishing Charters, was about 70 miles south of Orange Beach on Sept. 18, 2017 when he captured this cool video of a couple of Killer Whales in the Gulf...
We published this video on July 8, 2009. It was shot by Lea Scruggs on his boat the Wahooter. The video shows a whale breaching near the bow of his boat with girls screaming.
This published this amateur video of the 200+ Killer Whales (Orcas) in the Gulf of Mexico on March 26, 2009. This video was taken by an angler on the Shady Lady Charterboat run by Capt. Eddie Hall.
Here's a clip showing killer whales in the gulf on May 27, 2016. It aired on CBS Morning News. 
Published on Oct 6, 2015

WKRG covered this story on October 6, 2015. This is when a melon-headed whale beached itself in Gulf Shores. Unfortunately, marine mammal veterinarians were unable to save this whale.



 As you can see from the videos, while whale sightings in the gulf are rare, but not uncommon.