The Gray Whale Calves (and Moms) are Getting Frisky

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

2015 04-11 SB Coast

Captain Eric was at the helm and guided our cetacean fans through three amazing adventures today: 9a, 12n and 3p. Here are the details:

9am.
Twelve bottlenose coastal dolphins, 100 long-beaked common #dolphins, 25 Pacific white-sided dolphins and 1 southbound juvenile gray whale.

Noon.
Four bottlenose dolphins, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 30 Pacific white-sided dolphins and 4 gray #whales.   The whales were found in two groups, a trio and a solo. The trio was very playful with numerous spy hops, lots of rolling around and all this very close to the Condor Express. The solo whale, not to be outdone, breached 6 or 7 times. Wow!

3pm.
1,000 long-beaked common dolphins in a tight formation, and off the Carpenteria coast, a mother gray whale and her calf. The calf spy hopped, rolled around in the kelp and climbed up on mom’s back a few times.

The last phase of the gray whale migration which consists of cow-calf pairs, is really starting to take shape now and reports from Baja point to a banner year for the population.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
Condor Express