Patience is a lesson learned and practiced while studying and observing gray whales. Today was no exception. Thankfully it paid off with one small blow followed by one large dorsal hump after 3hrs. A large group of students ages 18-25 from the Dream Center worked on building trust through leadership training.
A beautiful rainbow popped up for seconds this morning in between several rounds of heavy rain. At the ocean rough waves, high winds and white caps made it difficult to spot and track the two single whales seen today. Also seen were one hawk,two slow moving cargo ships, two small groups of dolphins in the surf line one para surfer and a handful of beach walkers. The sun set with a green flash leaving glowing clouds along the horizon.
An ominous sky,chilly strong winds, a debris covered high tide line along with rough surf set made whale spotting nearly impossible. One blow was seen in the 3hrs I observed. There were many shore birds, one hawk, one cargo ship and several beach walkers and fellow photographers out enjoying the buildup to the looming storm that finally hit closer to midnight.
Two gray whales were spotted today in 2.5hrs. The first whale was spotted by the point heading south past Pirates Cove and the second gray whale was spotted 200yds off shore near tower 2 life guard stand. Both whales had visible blows and showed pectoral fins and flukes as they quickly traveled through separately. The strong surf changed the sand bar overnight taking away several feet of sand exposing huge boulders today. At sunset pelicans and a small pod of 5-6 dolphins hunted in the pounding high surf.
One gray whale popped up and slowly made its way quietly with no visible blows on its way south. This was my first up close sighting of 2017! A fellow whale watcher witnessed the same whale while holding his beloved “Lemuiran” quartz crystals,mindfully sending all his best intentions out to the whales on their journey south for a safe return north in a few months.
A beautiful day that warmed up to 65 but no whales yet! It was low tide at 2:52 pm exposing the star fish usually submerged under water on the sea stack rocks. I’ve also seen one sea lion, a dozen or more shore birds,three pelicans in bright breeding colors,two helicopters, one bay watch helicopter and a pair of surfers , plenty of walkers, joggers and even a sail boat coming across the bay but not a whale blow in 5.75 hours!