12 gray whales watched including a actively mating group.

2022 03-08 SB Coast

Two trips left the dock today, at 9am and 12 noon. Seas were calm and winds were light and variable. Sightings were phenomenal: 12 gray whales and 12 Dall’s porpoise.

All of the gray whales were adults on their northbound migration. We found 5 on the morning trip south of the harbor. They stayed on the surface for the entire 30-minute sighting without diving. There were a few instances of rolling around and such. On the noon trip, 5 different whales were found near Platform Holly, and this group was “interesting.” What started out as some rolling around at the start of the encounter soon evolved into some hot and heavy mating behavior. Rolling, rubbing bodies, spy hopping, tail throwing and some head stands were seen closely. In addition, multiple floyds were seen, according to Captain Devin. Two additional whales that were west of this group actually turned around and joined the fun.

All 12 Dall’s porpoise were watched during the later half of the morning trip. The were in a very friendly mood and actively rode our bow, side and stern waves for all to see.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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