05-18-2013: Another Nice Day on The Bay, Humpback Whales, Leaping Lags

This is one of the Pacific White-sided dolphins that was buzzing us. The lighting was perfect. Lighting is key. Photo: Sack, 05-18-2013.

This is one of the Pacific White-sided dolphins that was buzzing us. The lighting was perfect. Lighting is key. Photo: Sack, 05-18-2013.

It was nice to be able to get in some decent marine life viewing before the winds picked up. We seem to be getting into our spring weather cycle. Manageable in the morning and then whipping up quick in the afternoon.

A few times they buzzed us so close that my lens was too long. I shoot pretty much exclusively with the Canon 100-400 zoom. Photo: Sack, 05-18-2013.

A few times they buzzed us so close that my lens was too long. I shoot pretty much exclusively with the Canon 100-400 zoom. Photo: Sack, 05-18-2013.

We had whales pretty close in still. So that was good. Pretty much straight out in front of Moss about 6-8 miles.

But the leaping Pacific White-sided dolphins were what I enjoyed the most. The cool people call them “Lags”. That’s short for their scientific name: Lagenorhynchus obliquidens.

More lively Pacific White-sided dolphin action. Photo: Sack, 05-18-2013.

More lively Pacific White-sided dolphin action. Photo: Sack, 05-18-2013.

We had an active pod of a 200-300 of them riding with us. Jumping out of the water, racing all around the boat. It was a lot of fun.

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