26 Northbound 0 Southbound 6 hours 12 Sightings 95% Visibility with hazy horizon, clear view of all islands north and south with Gusty winds. A juvenile red tail hawk was flying low overhead just after the 1st sighting of the day which had an interesting identification mark on the right, distal dorsal hump area. Dolphins … Continue reading Gray Whales,Dolphins,Planes, Birds & Boats Oh My!
32 Northbound 0 Southbound 10 hrs 1 EW 18 sightings on St Patricks Day, the 17th of March 2018! Whale counting and observations started with a Great Egret perched on the fence along the walk in, hunting from above. Three gray whales traveling through so fast the blow mist is still on the surface of … Continue reading Happy St Patricks Day 32 Gray Whales in 18 Sightings
Today the RAIN came down in buckets alternating with continuous drizzle for several hours in 56 degrees weather before the sun came out mid day and ended the evening with more rain. The early morning cloudy skies and limited visibility didn't stop the whales from migrating or stopping along the Malibu coast to spyhop … Continue reading Rain or Shine: Gray Whale Migration and Mating
Today is 3.14 also known as Pi Day! Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. The whales showed up in celebration with the seasons highest count! 30 whales counted in pulses … Continue reading The Gray Whales Celebrate 3.14 Pi Day 2018
Why do (Gray)Whales Breach? There are several theories including, communication tool between the whales socially or as a warning, loosen parasites from the skin or for pure playful fun and enjoyment. However, research done in 2016 by Rachel Cartwright PhD. who studied humpback whales, determined that the exertion required to leap out of the ocean … Continue reading Breaching Gray Whale
Today was cloudy and overcast with limited visibility and a heavy yellow hazy ozone layer at the horizon adding an ombre of colors looking towards the island of Santa Barbara Island to the south west. The ocean water was flat as glass making it easy to see the whales crossing the Santa Monica Bay. Several … Continue reading Hello Spyhopping Gray Whale
Several large pods of dolphins and whales migrated north today. Reliable eyewitnesses also observed whales in larger pods today. One of whom was a a wonderful drone pilot, Justin Lamar who shared his drone footage of a pod of SIX gray whales that were traveling North to Alaska. His drone flying skills are technically brilliant, able … Continue reading Pod of SIX Gray Whales Migrating North to Alaska
Today was cold in the 50's with brisk wind with sunny skies and snow topped dusted mountains were in view as 12 whales crossed the Santa Monica Bay, some traveling quickly and others taking their time migrating at their own pace. One pair crossed the bay and in tandem fluked to avoid hitting red floating … Continue reading Gray Whales with Views of Snow Covered Mountains
Two Gray Whales traveling north bound above and three whales in a tight group below all traveling north with the one in the center showing its fluke as it sounds or goes for a deep dive. On March Fourth! The sky and water were so clear today you could see 8 cargo ships from miles … Continue reading March Fourth Gray Whales!
Rain on and off all morning didn't keep this observer away from counting the gray whales on their migration north in the afternoon. The clouds to the east were billowy and one was heart shaped while the clouds to the west appeared stormy until the sun dropped below and the colors were spectacular at sunset. … Continue reading Counting Gray Whales after the Rain