I had the pleasure yesterday afternoon of setting out from Redondo Beach for a three-hour tour with my friend and Blogging.la’s very own Cybele who’s now in her second season as a duly authorized and certified docent with the American Cetacean Society’s Whalewatch Program and San Pedro’s Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Sure, there are those of us out there for whom the thought of going out on a boat to gawk at fish (or mammals in this case) leaves them scratching their harpoons and sharpening their heads or vice versa. But for those of us packing the boat on a chilled and choppy but otherwise bodaciously gorgeous MLK Jr. Day (give or take the occasional sniff of what I can only imagine was proof that the smell of two-million gallons or spilled raw sewage travels well and smells something awful), there were mesmerizing moments like this:
Sighting logged at: N 33d 46.410; W 118d 26.687
Any offending aromatics certainly didn’t bother the marine life we spotted, which included first a solitary Pacific gray whale (pictured above) traveling through the bay on its way to Baja, then a group of aloof Risso’s dolphins, distinctive because of their body markings and tall dorsal fins. And just when we thought it was time to head in, there they blew at three o’clock to starboard with the wreck of The Dominator at the base of Palos Verdes bluffs as a backdrop,: a group of three, perhaps four, gray whales traveling pretty quickly out towards deeper waters.