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Lost at sea: A whale’s tale

The Coast Guard rescues three missing divers near Penguin Bank, Molokai, Jan. 18, 2016. The divers were located at 4 p.m. six miles from their original location by a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Locating a person adrift at sea is no easy task. With only a head visible, it can be difficult to spot someone bobbing on the water’s surface in the vast Pacific Ocean. Even magnified by binoculars, a shadow the size of a pencil eraser is nearly impossible to find amidst the waves and solar glare. In the case of three divers who went missing off Molokai, Jan. 18, 2016, their sighting by a boat crew could be credited to a sharp lookout and a little luck. Well, a combination of a sharp lookout, luck and a whale.