5 Northbound 2 Calfs 3 Sightings 6.25 Hrs
Hazy at horizon, no islands visible north or south, sunny, 63 degrees with flat,calm ocean changing to brisk cold breeze late in the afternoon/early evening. Three hours until the first sighting, an active mother and calf pair. The calf took a short cut through the kelp bed fluking as it caught up to the mother which was partially glowing under the water, covered in barnacles and scars. The second sighting was a single whale followed by the 3rd sighting another mother and calf pair which stopped three times along the transect area for 12 min or more each time to roll, back float, bubble blast, spyhop and head lift with feeding behaviors as well. In other news OTTERS were spotted in Ventura Ca ! I will be on the look out for any sightings as well.
During a 12 minute stop along the migration route this gray whale calf had several direction changes south then north, east then west before settling on north and traveled close with its mother to the next stop to do it all over again for another 12-15 min before traveling through the transect area.
Mother gray whale back floats while nearby calf rolls in the opposite direction with pectoral fin up.