02-17-2012 – Great looks at a Nice Pod of Four Northbound Gray Whales, Fast Moving Risso’s Dolphins

Before we got onto the gray whales, we came across a very fast moving pod of Risso’s Dolphins. Usually the Risso’s just kind linger around and maybe cruise along at two or three knots. The animals seemed to be on a mission. They were moving along at about 6-7 knots, riding the swells. Generally the kind of behavior we seen in Pacific White-sided dolphins or Common dolphins.

Then we had some excellent looks at a cooperative pod of four full-grown northbound grays. They actually popped up simultaneously about 30 yards off our starboard bow. It was unique sight to behold. Seeing four backs, followed by four blows and a couple of tail flukes. Nice.

The weather has been getting in the way for the last couple of weeks. We didn’t even run trips last week. It was just too rough.

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

About Michael Sack

Boat Captain, Monterey Bay marine life naturalist and guide. Photographer and Videographer.
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