Today was the best day we’ve had out there so far for this gray whale season. I love whale watching in Tee-shirt. There were plenty of whales all over once we got into the zone. But more importantly, the whales that we were with stayed up at the surface more than they were under and gave us great views.
Then we came across a small pod of Risso’s dolphins that were pretty much just hanging out in one place. We think there may have been some mating behavior going on as a couple of times we saw on of the animals turn upside down.
The big story today was the massive pod of between 2,000-3,000 long-beaked common dolphins. The animals were moving through the area close together, jumping out of the water as they buzzed the boat and followed us, bow-riding and generally getting rambunctious. It was a sight to behold. We could see dolphins jumping around and moving about in a 1/2 mile area. Very cool.
Here’s some incredible video footage from a trip in November. It’s one of the best encounters we’ve had.