Terrific Tuesday… and tails

I found a diversion from our always intriguing and constant peregrine observations. I went out chasing whales on the boat Dos Osos with the SubSea Tours Captain.  The visitors on this the trip from all over the USA joined in searching the horizon for spouting whales. It took time checking out various places as the fog lifted in the west. Being on the water is always a refreshing and an enjoyable experience. We kept at it. Our captain was so determined to find them. It’s a big ocean, but he knew the sea mounds where he knew he would find them feeding on sardines, anchovies and krill.

Getting a tip from other fishing boat captains (they all work together to search out whales), we headed southwest a few miles. Birds lifting off the water and settling down again gave us the information we needed. Whales would be there. Several sea lions and a sea otter frolicking far out from land were spotted on the way out. This is their domain.

When we got out to see the humpback whales rising to the surface, blowing, and rising several more times, it was breathtaking. Their mass floated lightly in the Pacific Ocean with grace. There was final gathering at the surface before they dove deep to dine on sardines, anchovies and krill.  We watched them do this for a series of three more times. These big guys would flip their huge tails, tail-lobbing. Tails, tails, tails amazing, beautiful and saluting all of us. ~Heather


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We are a 501(c)3 charitable educational organization. We raise scholarship funds for CalPoly students studying biology. The Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch is here to inform birders, students and all people who are eager to know about these handsome peregrines. We want you to enjoy and be able to use our on-site powerful spotting scopes. We are available to answer your questions about the pair of falcons that have been observed for many years.
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