After a long morning of heavy thick fog and 5-10% visibility, the marine layer lifted just enough to see 17 whales pass along the coast in the afternoon. At one point there was a total of 7 whales in 3 different groups displaying nearly every whale behavior including, bubble blasts, spyhopping, fluke swishing, rolling, pectoral … Continue reading 17 Gray Whales on the Seventeenth of March
Spotting Gray Whales in heavy fog is difficult but not impossible as I learned today. In six hours I observed four migrating gray whales in three separate sightings. Listening for the audible blows in 5 % visabilty helped me identify one whale along with a very excited group of unsuspecting beach goers visiting from Echo … Continue reading Spotting Gray Whales in Heavy Fog
After several days of choppy, rough white capped water making it nearly impossible to spot gray whales let alone the blow spouts, today the sky was blue, the ocean was calmer, the hills and mountains along the PCH are alive and carpeted with lush bright green mixed with bursts of bright orange and yellow wild … Continue reading Blue Skies Gray Whales
Early morning clouds changed to mid day rain before finally moving south leaving rough choppy water and strong gusty winds. Thankfully at least one gray whale was observed traveling north 500 yards out from shore on the northern migration path.
Today, following the calendar command to "march forth", the gray whales traveled through our observation area with speed . The four hour sampling day ended with four whales in four stops along the coast at sunset displaying various gray whale behaviors including spyhopping, rolling, fluking and spouting heart shaped blows.