Linda writes: Sunday
Today’s whale watching was a great day filled with so much diverse life. Saw: dolphins, whales, Great Egret, osprey, Black Crowned night heron, various gulls, Cory’s Shearwater, lots of bait fish, and Danielle saw a sea turtle that we probablyall missed.
When leaving my house today to go whale watching it was pouring. Just a few minutes earlier, the sun was out shining brightly! Radar said we should be good so off I went and I was so glad I did. Still at the dock, the great Egret was near by! Then as we headed out the inlet, one came flying right towards us! As we come out to the ocean, there was a haze/fog and some dark clouds but we headed east/north east. So many bait balls with the fish jumping and being scared of something but did not see anything come through these fish area. The water has been cold but now it must be warming because so many more fish are around. This should make the whale watching even more exciting in the near future!
Found our first whale and he was fun to watch and then showed his tail high. Meanwhile whale 2 did a lunge feed so we went in his direction. Turns out they are whales # 313 and 317. Fun when the whale and dolphins are near each other. Watched him and then went further east because they saw something splashing. Didn’t see another whale but had very active dolphins that put on a show for us. I think everyone on the boat totally enjoyed their experience. Also having the 2 interns coming around and explaining about the baleen and the whale catalogue really got everyone excited. Back to the inlet and momenterily saw the Black crowned night heron and this eventful trip was complete.
When we were watching a whale, another whale watching boat come to the area. It was fun hearing the sound from their boat as they finally saw a whale on their trip: loud ohs and ahhs!. Of course our boat made the same sound when we first saw the whale but it was cool hearing it from others and knowing you can not help but be excited when you see a whale for the first time on a trip!
More pictures coming later , here are Linda’s pics