3 Gray Whale and Beautiful Weather!

Gray whales #22 and #49 were the stars of our show today.  We got things rolling just past Jetty Island when we took a look at a California sea lion hauled out on a channel marker.  Next we headed north, until we got a call that another boat had spotted two gray whales near Elger Bay.  We headed straight there and it ended up being whales #21 and 22.  They were swimming side by side and zig-zagging around quite a bit.  22 was raising her tail flukes on several occasions, but not 21.  We came across a big flock of surf scoters while we were watching the whales too.  After we got plenty of good looks at this pair of whales we decided to head south to look for more.  Eventually I spotted another gray whale off the east side of Hat Island.  This time is was Patch, #49.  As soon as we pulled up to look at him he raised his tail flukes for a great view and a deep dive.  He made a couple of perfectly heart-shaped blows when he surfaced.  He gave us plenty of close looks and lots of good tail fluke views before he made it into shallower water to feed.  That’s about when we decided to say goodbye and head back toward the dock. On the way back we visited our sea lion friend one more time and also found a bald eagle on Jetty Island.  What a great day!  Naturalist Bart Rulon

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