Yesterday was nothing short of a miracle bestowed upon us by something higher than ourselves. I had the pleasure of a wonderful group from Manhattan – Capt Barry, Sarah, Shelley, and junior captains Julia, Conner, and Liam. Julia, age 7, has been researching bottlenose dolphins since she was 3. She loves them; they are her favorite! I haven’t seen any bottlenose in a couple months. All of our dolphin sightings have been common dolphins. Thanks to the speed, range, and seaworthiness of the new boat, our miracle was found in the bottom of the 9th, game winning grand slam, a pod of 200-300 acrobatic bottlenose dolphins! Julia was ecstatic along with Liam and Conner. The bottlenose were showing off for us their ability to bow ride, wake surf, flip, twist, and jump. A breath taking display of their grace and beauty. Julia is the ‘bottlenose princess!’
Beautiful breaching humpback whale this morning near N Laguna Beach heading up the line. No matter how amazing a picture or video may depict these whales, it pales exponentially to actually experiencing it on the water!
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.
Our beloved Dolphins put the ‘fin’ in finesse yesterday morning. 3 large pods totaling over 1000 covered a square mile, jumping, twisting, flopping, flipping, wake surfing and bow cruising. Their grace in the water amazes me every time. A humpback whale made a brief appearance before a long deep dive.
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.
Every once in a while when you think it can’t get any better, the next trip rockets into the 4th dimension. Yesterday, my first two trips found ‘the perfect’ whale. All by ourselves, these two separate whales left everyone in disbelief of how amazing and gorgeous they can be. Lobtailing, spyhopping, breaching, pectoral slapping, head slapping, fluking, and surface spinning GALORE. These two were non stop jaw dropping gymnasts of the ocean. I have so many pictures and videos to go through. Standby, I will post some later this evening.
PS- All trips saw humpback whales – three on the first, one, and one. Along with a swordfish basking on the surface at noon (they sun on top to regain body temperature from feeding in the depths, which speeds their metabolism for digestion) just miles from the harbor, and couple hundred common dolphins to keep everyone visually entertained.
Humpbacks dominated! 3 trips – 5 humpback whales + pods of common dolphins, 2 humpbacks whales + pods of common dolphins, and 2 humpbacks whales + pods of common dolphins. Total 9 humpbacks whales and hundreds of common dolphins. Groups from the Middle East, Kansas City, and Michigan – all enjoyed calm conditions and beautiful sights of whales and dolphins.
We covered a lot of water today. Each trip found whales in a different area from our prior trip. So appreciative of speed and fuel efficiency on our side. Whales were spread from Huntington Beach down to Dana Point area.
I don’t really care for the ‘whale count’ though it seems to be the ‘thing to do.’ Not all whales ‘show’ the same. Some are more social, more interactive and more acrobatic. It only takes that 1 whale to be awed and humbled by, once experienced it’s a lifetime passion to experience a heightened encounter.