Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Moby Dick

We went whale watching on Saturday. We saw a mama whale and her calf. The captain of our boat was very good to tell us which side of the boat to look (and used non-nautical terms like "to the left, or 1:00," as opposed to port and starboard for all us landlubbers. Besides the two grey whales, we saw a dolphin, a shark (basking shark), and he took us out to a buoy to have a gander at all the sea lions doing their own basking.

This is the dolphin we saw as we were headed to the whale site. He frolicked for a good long while, swimming underneath the boat, as though he were leading us to where we needed to be. Very cool.

Here's the first sighting of the whale. Too far off to see anything than the puff of water from her blowhole.

Look how close they're getting to that scuba diving boat!

And can you imagine being that guy on that paddle board? "Whale. WHALE!"

I'm pretty sure that's both the mama and the calf together. Generally the baby would surface first for some air, followed a few moments later by its mama.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Seeing the horizon when on the open seas can make you think about eternity.

Or falling off the edge of the world.

But this picture really does make something look like it never ends.