So far, in the last month, the boats have reported seeing Orca's, Fin whales, Humpback whales, a Sperm whale, and Blue whales! This is incredible! Usually this time of year, the Gray whales migrating from Alaska to give birth in the warm Mexican waters. This trip takes about 3 months to complete each fall/winter.
When I got the call to see if myself and other media outlets would like to go on a whale watching excursion on the Triumphant, I couldn't pass up the opportunity! The Triumphant, which is the newest and fastest whale watching boat in California and it can bring us to see the whales and other sealife much quicker to enjoy them longer.
As we rounded the light house, we were greeted by a thousand Common and Pacific White-Sided Dolphins. The boat was surrounded by splashes and we could see many families had young babies. Sooo cute!
I lost count of how many dolphins we had seen as we came upon a colony of sea lions. The unique way of floating together made it look like a school of sharks. They stick their flippers in the air that makes them look like shark fins. The sea lions do this to warm up their bodies by letting their flippers absorb the heat from the sunlight.
As we went through another super-pod(thousands) of dolphins, we get the word of a whale spotted up ahead. It was a young Gray whale probably making it's way down for it's first or second solo trip.
- They migrate 12,430 miles round-trip from Alaska to Mexico
- They are often covered with parasites and other organisms that make their backs and snouts look like a crusty ocean rock
- They are Baleen whales which means they filter out krill through a comb-like strainer instead of teeth(Called whalebone, it was used for corsets and umbrella ribs in the old days)
- They are no longer on the endangered species list as of 1994
- Baleen whales have a double blow hole which often causes a heart shaped spout
- Check Harbor Breeze on Facebook, they often have great deals
- Dress warmly
- Bring binoculars and/or camera
- Toys to keep young ones busy while waiting