Wednesday, May 04, 2011
As of May 1, gray whale season has officially ended, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot going on in the water.
Although gray whale as officially ended, that doesn’t mean we won’t still see gray whales. There are always the stragglers that are still heading north. This year overall has also been a little behind schedule, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see gray whales here and there through May. We haven’t had many gray whale sighting the last few days but yesterday while out on the water we got a great show of bottlenose dolphins jumping out of the water all over the place!
Bottlenose dolphins can typically be found off of Southern California year round, but it’s not every day we come upon large pods like we did or get this great of a show. When we first came up to the pod it looked like it might have been a pod of common dolphins because there were so many and common dolphins are usually found in larger pods than bottlenose. As soon as we could see the dorsal fins I knew we had bottlenose. After we approached the pod some of them started jumping out of the water and getting air born! It was so awesome! They did it about 12-15 times in the 20 minutes we spent with them.
We’re still going out every day at 12pm and 3pm to search for the wild life in the area. There’s so much out there, each day is a new adventure. We know the blue whales will be soon and in the meantime we’re excited to see what the other whales and dolphins will bring us. The weather has been gorgeous and now is a great time to get out on the water!
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