Six gray whales and 8 inshore bottlenose dolphins were seen on a single 12 noon excursion today. Skies had a thin stratus layer and seas were flat and calm. This has been a record-breaking year for the gray whale population. If you have not been on board yet to see them, now IS the time.
Captain and crew started up the coast and almost immediately located a single whale that jogged inside then outside the kelp bed. While we were on the whale sighting a nice pod of dolphins joined in the fun, swimming around the whale and the boat.
On the way back east, a mother whale with her calf was located off Hendry’s Beach, and a bit offshore an additional 3 whales were closely watched. We ran short on time and could not stop on 4 more whales between Hendry’s and Santa Barbara Harbor. Wow!