Sunday, February 1, 2015

San Diego-WOW Watching-Day 8


   
Walkway along the marina
where the tour began
I LOVE palm trees!

Hooray, we're here!

Sharon!  Don't do it!
LOL

Marina

Our welcoming committee posing
for pix!
 As many wonderful things as I have experienced to date while in San Diego, this was the most spectacular display of nature’s glory and perhaps the most memorable!  I am referring to the whale watching tour we went on.  Soon after we cleared the channel, we spotted a few gray whales.  There were quite a few “air sprays” signifying a whale’s location, but only twice did the actual long gray body surface enough to see it.  I did catch a tail splash a couple of times and that was really cool!


There's a whale out there!

And...there it is!!!

Tail sighting...LOL
As we proceeded to deeper waters, I was thinking to myself that even if I didn’t see anything else over the course of the scheduled 3 hour tour that I’d be quite content!  Being out on a boat in the gorgeous Pacific Ocean late morning on a perfect day with the sun glistening on the water was already enough of a magical experience!  Little did any of us know what was to come!
 Our guide was delightful.  She had a degree in marine biology and it was apparent that not only was she knowledgeable, but she thoroughly enjoyed her chosen profession!   She educated us on the various types of whales and the gray whales’ winter migration patterns and began to share details of the common dolphin in the area.  Some dolphins were spotted and everyone headed for the railings to catch a glimpse. We could see them in the distance and as the captain maneuvered the ship, we could see them better.  There must have been 10 or more.  It was great!
Dolphins!




"It is getting chilly!"

"Oh girl...where's
that Italian blood?!"

They were having so much fun
playing near our boat! 
     Within moments, our tour guide excitedly announced that there was a pod…a mega pod…of dolphins up ahead!  The rule of thumb is that for every dolphin you see there are MANY more below the surface and we could see hundreds!!!
They were everywhere…up front and on both sides of our ship!  Jumping, playing, swimming…IT WAS SURREAL!!!!!!  I almost felt that I was with them being childlike and carefree! 

The captain again maneuvered the ship as we got even closer to join them in their dance in the vast waters of the Pacific!  They were having a blast!  The sun was bright and shone on their wet backs creating a glassy appearance.  This amazing frolic lasted 20 or more minutes…then they all seemed to line up directly in front of the ship and SPEED ahead!  We were told that either something was chasing them or someone rang the dinner bell and there was a major feast up ahead!!! (difficult to photograph as they were in the distance and moving at warp speed!)
It is truly a challenge for me to describe the enchantment of this close encounter with one of nature’s most delightful mammals!  It rekindled a part of me that relishes in a pure state of wonder!  I am so grateful!






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