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San Diego Whale Watching Conservation

Whale Watching Blog & Photos

January 6th, 2010

Whale Watching with Friends

OK, what do whale watching captains and naturalists do on a day off? Well, if we can, we usually get out on the water and go whale watching.

Today I was fortunate enough to have Captain Pete, Captain Nancy, Captain Nan, Captain Steve (actually not a whale watching captain, but married to Nan who is a captain and a naturalist.), and Naturalist Sarah. Five captains and one crew!

So, we headed offshore about 15 miles and went exploring. I was anxious to get out to where Fin Whales are sometimes seen and back down to the bank where I found the ETP Killer Whales a couple of weeks ago.

After 2 hours of running and scanning our patience and persistence paid off. We caught a quick glimpse of a Fin Whale right in the same area that I had the Killer Whales. Then we waited. Fin Whales can stay down quite a while. After 12 minutes we saw a blow. But as we headed over we noticed that it was not the Fin Whale. It was a Humpback Whale!! We hung out with this beautiful animal for almost 45 minutes, at which point the whale made a deep dive and I decided it was time to move on and began putting away my camera. Then just as I was getting ready to turn the boat towards the Coronado Islands the water exploded about 100 yards away from us as the 35-40 ft. whale launched itself into a full breach!! Absolutely amazing! Fortunately, Steve had his camera ready.

It was a fine day to be out on the water with friends!

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