02-04-2012: Gray Whales, Long-beaked Common Dolphins, Decent Marine Conditions

The Gray whale southbound migration seems to be holding strong. We’re definetly not seeing the large numbers we were two weeks ago. Today the whales we were with seemed to be moving fast and not staying at the surface as much as they were under. But they did give us tail flukes on every dive.

Long-beaked Common dolphins continue to show up with regularity. Today we were with a pod of about 500 of the dolphins that were in a feeding frenzy with a large flock of brown pelicans. We had rare glimpses of dolphins feeding on sardines at the surface.

Here’s some incredible video footage from a trip in November. It’s one of the best encounters we’ve had.

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