A total of seven northbound gray whales were closely followed and numerous others were in the area. Bright warm sun and a glassy ocean with small swells in the morning that pretty much died out to calm seas by the afternoon. Our seven included 3 separate cow-calf pairs and one extremely friendly juvenile, perhaps a yearling or second year whale. This juvenile made several direct approaches to the Condor and ran parallel to our course only a dozen or so yards off our beam. It was a magical and special encounter.
As for the smaller breeds of cetaceans, we had around 1,000 long beaked common dolphins that were spread out over a mile or so and actively feeding. Later, a herd of about 15 or so inshore bottlenose dolphins approached the boat a few times to the delight of all.
At was truly a day full of epic adventures.
I’ll post the photos to www.CondorExpressPhotos.com tomorrow