COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -Only our WINK News crew was there Monday afternoon as 28 pilot whales were spotted in the water of Marco Pass.
"It's definitely different."
Sea tow Captain Dan Mercier said it was the closest he's ever been to a whale.
"I've never seen a pilot whale, I haven't ever heard of them being here. That was my first time and I've been here over 30 years," said Captain Mercier.
These whales had a mark on their fins, showing they're part of the same pod found seven miles north in Gordon's Pass on Sunday. Captain Mercier doesn't know why the mammals ended up here, but one thing he's certain of, the whales dont appear to be doing too well.
"They were just everywhere, they didn't really know what was going on, they're bumping off the boat, going left, going right."
Federal investigations and Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers said they're watching these whales in Collier. But they are more focused on those in Lover's Key, swimming in shallower water.
"It was pretty sad, I just hope they get back off shore into deeper water where they belong."
And while he admits the experience of being so close to a whale was exciting, it's one he doesn't want to see again.
"I hope not, I got enough excitement for one day."