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Gray Whale Migration along the San Diego coast
Thursday, 01/17/2013
Almost 2 months into the 2012-13 season.....

... and I've been on ~5 cruises!  But they have been amazing cruises!

In the 8 years that I have been a volunteer naturalist, January 5, 2013 was by far the B E S T whale sighting for me!


We were blessed with a Gray whale breach close to the boat that I saw from the very moment the whale left the water (normally I see part of it- as it's crashing back INTO the water)!  It was like it happened in slow motion.  Truly amazing - it gave me goosebumps!  


 And then to top it off, we were with a Mother and calf for quite some time.  A group of dolphins showed up and then the calf did a FULL SPYHOP!  Again- I was looking in the right spot at the right time to get the full show!  That sight placed a tear in my eye.   Perhaps the calf was curious about these small "creatures" (dolphins) swimming all around him/her and decided to take a closer look?  If only the whales could communicate with us!


The season in general has been one for the books- gray whale sightings on most of the cruises.  Risso's out in full force and even more sightings of Pacific White-sided dolphins.  



Posted by Leslie at 10:14 AM PST

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