Yesterday was a heckuva day for whale watching! The ACS Census reported 14 whales passing by Pt. Vicente during daylight hours including one cow/calf pair.
The Fin Whales may be back in the channel as they were spotted yesterday again.
Today’s trip on the Voyager out of Redondo Sportfishing had no whales. We took a long loop up along Palos Verdes Peninsula past Pt. Vicente towards Catalina and then looped around and back into Santa Monica Bay towards Pt. Dume. Plenty of birds and California Sea Lions … but no cetaceans, yet.
About halfway to Pt. Dume a large flock of white birds (probably Bonaparte’s Gulls), over a thousand of them in a line about a quarter of a mile long … but they weren’t feeding, just settling and bobbing on the waves.
Finally, turning back towards Redondo Beach, it seemed so odd … but there they were, Long-Beaked Common Dolphins, hither and yon, just throwin’ their foolish selves out of the water. They’d moved into the bay and we completely missed them. They were spread over a very large area, at least a square half mile. They were feeding, carousing and leaping about. Some would join the boat and ride the bow wave or surf in our wake.
Come on! Don’t you wanna get out there? I’m going to put together a group for President’s Day (2/19) … details to come.