As we waited for our boat, we admired the shorebirds, who were hoping for a bite or two of waffles from the diners at Polly's on the Pier.
|Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron|
Our first whale was this juvenile humpback whale about a mile from shore.
|Too close for comfort.|
As we headed out to sea, we passed hundreds of common dolphins.
Some joined us for part of the journey.
Although the gray whales are migrating from Alaska to Baja California, we didn't spot any. We did, however, see a pod of fin whales, the second largest whales after the blue whale. Fin whales can grow to over 80 feet, and are often called the greyhounds of the sea for their speed and sleek shape. On our return trip, two of the whales emerge about 100 yards in front of our boat.
We had such a great time, we may try our luck again in the summer, when the blue whales migrate north.