Thursday, June 10, 2010
And the blues seem to be right on cue
We officially switch to Blue Whale Watch starting Friday, June 11, 2010. It looks like the blues will be showing up right in time. In the last couple of weeks the blues have started to pop up. I saw my first blue whale last week and man was she a beauty!
About three weeks ago, girls from the Aquarium were coming in from the Dolphin and Sea Life cruises and saying they’d seen blue whales. I couldn’t wait to get out there. For two weeks I’d go on the boat and we’d just be missing the couple that were here. They’d have moved to other side of the canyon they were feeding in, or we’d go left when they’d moved right that day. Finally, last Thursday, I saw my first blue whale! I knew eventually we’d get lucky on one of MY Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises.
When Roger (one of our ace spotters) told Captain Ryan that he thought he’d seen something, I knew it was a blue. We started looking in the direction of where he thought he saw the blow. We kept watching for about seven minutes, and then finally she popped back up. We always look in an area for about 10-12 minutes because there’s a chance that what we saw was the last blow before the whale went down for a deep dive. That was the case with this whale. It always pays to be patient if you think you saw something! If you get too anxious and leave, the whale could pop up from that deep dive and we’d be too far away to see it again. I’m glad Roger stuck with his gut on that one!
After the blue whale came back up, we made our way over and got some great looks at her. She was huge! I’d say probably around 85-90ft long. She stayed at a constant speed and just toted around the area. We got to watch her for about four dive cycles, and she fluked every time she went down. Oh man, how I’ve missed those gorgeous tails! I just know this is going to be a great summer!
As we switch to Blue Whale Watch from Dolphin and Sea Life, this means we’ll be out on the water for about an hour longer. This is great because as the first whales are moving around and we’re waiting for the rest to get here, we’ll have ample time to cover some ground and find them. If you’re interested in joining us for our blue summer, we officially start Friday the 11th!
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