Gray whales continue their northbound migration along the coast of Orange County to their feeding grounds in Alaska. We are just beginning to see the first mother/calf pairs. They are often the last to leave the breeding grounds of San Ignacio. We have been seeing many gray whales each day aboard East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach.
Humpback whales have distracted us from our gray whale focus. A welcomed distraction! Encounters with these humpback whales have been a little further outside often associated with a superpod of over 1000 common dolphins. We have sighted numerous breaches from one of the humpback whales on multiple occasions.
Great time to come Whale Watching. Other encounters have been bottlenose dolphins, pacific white-sided dolphins, mola molas (aka – sunfish), thresher sharks, sea lions, and harbor seals.
Many encounters with these gorgeous gray whales this week aboard East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach. We saw 19 just this weekend; over 30 for the week. Also in the mix have been a couple fin whales and humpback whales. Lots of fun, great sightings, and beautiful weather!
Great Fall mixture of sightings including humpback whales, minke whales, and common dolphins as we transition into our Winter gray whale migration. Our groups aboard East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach, enjoyed epic dolphin and whale watching tours – breaching, lobtailing, fluking, kelping, and lunge feeding were a few highlights displayed by humpback whales. Amazing pods of common dolphins from 100-1000 individuals in each pod swimming and interacting with our new boat, close enough to pet. Gray whales to show any day now.
It has been a very trying few days. I feel fortunate to have put my group from Taiwan on two pods of acrobatic common dolphins and a humpback whale. While on a pod of dolphins, I called in Legacy because even Dolphins were difficult to find. Upon my call John had a pod pop up near him. My group loving the show, we were called into another pod with a showing humpback in tandem. Thanks Legacy, much appreciated. Everyone benefits from the sharing of information, working together to find and track these beautiful whales for all to enjoy. We finished our afternoon with a humpback show, a second whale showing in the distance, and a jovial pod of dolphins leading the way.
I’m fortunate to be able to meet and share my love for the ocean and its many wonders with amazing people not only from all over the country, but all over the world. From locals to London, the humpback whales, dolphins, and sea lions have an intrinsic way of healing and touching the inner intrigue and fascination of all the past few trips. Here are a couple photos I snapped with an iPhone.
I had the pleasure of Lainie and Howard from Detroit, Michigan aboard this afternoon. Our first hour was spent navigating by radar through 5 miles of thick fog and covering some ground once we found the clearing. Then it happened, thousands of shearwaters, acres of common dolphins, numerous sea lions, and 2 humpback whales made for an unbelievable afternoon. These humpbacks put on a show for our Michigan couple, fluking 6 or 7 times. It was nothing short of jaw dropping to watch.
Our past few trips have been quite exciting! Gary and Sheila from Kentucky joined us for an afternoon Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour. Conditions were not ideal, but they were troopers and insisted we forge ahead – 3 blue whales, 1 humpback, and an awesome common dolphin pod ending made for some wet but thrilled clients. Our photographer Alex made this trip so I should have some good shots to post this coming week when she sorts through them all.