The Cow-Calf Parade has begun !!



Report for Sunday, April 15:  15 Gray Whales followed closely with others in the area we did not follow closely

9 am trip:

3 Gray Whales including one cow-calf pair

We followed a cow-calf pair from the old light tower west to the oyster farm as they zig-zagged around in the kelp and just outside it.  The ocean was mirror glass and it was a bright, sunny day.  Moving to the outside leg, looking for dolphins, Dave and DJ saw some ripples on the surface.  This turned out to be a lone, juvenile (not calf) that actually swam in circles beneath the amazing clear blue water.  It did not spout and if the water had not been so clear, nobody would have known it was there.

12 noon trip:

12 Gray Whales (6 cow-calf pairs)

We knew they were going to come.  And today the parade of baby calf Gray Whales began with a bang.  On the noon trip we closely followed 6 cow-calf pairs from the Boathouse Restaurant west to Campus Point.  Twice we encountered 4 whale clusters, with 2 cows and 2 calves each.  Some of the babies were very active as you will see in the photographs from today's magnificent day.  The ocean stayed very calm, very little to no wind, with bright sun all day.

Oh, yeah, baby.  That's what the end of Gray Whale season is supposed to be like !!

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Best fishes and have a WHALE of a day!

Bob Perry Condor Express

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