Raven at San Jacinto

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pacific bound

Leslie and I still had free whale watching tickets from Oceanside Adventures. We finally went out yesterday afternoon. We had wanted to go out last week but the afternoon cruise on our appointed day was canceled due to choppy seas.

Yesterday was beautiful. We had a lot of fun, only non tourists on the boat. The tourists were all from Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, places like that, all escaping the cold. Very nice people, to a person.

We soon ran into a superpod of small common dolphins. They were just boiling everywhere around us, the captain estimated 800 to 900.

I had the wrong lens on the camera, again, the nikkor 70-200 2.8, just didn't give me the near reach I needed. Live and learn. Set it up wrong too. Good reason to go back out. Wish I had just put the camera down and enjoyed the show because it was sure amazing.

We saw four gray whales as well but didn't get any really spectacular show or displays. A pleasure boat spooked the last two and they were deep diving with about a six minute interval. Barely coming up and then straight down again.

It was great to just be out on the water and seeing the wonderful cetacean life was a big bonus.

If you like this sort of thing, now is the time to go out. The whales are running, lots to see out there. Great crew, great boat, they even let us go over on time, to the cheer and immense joy of the passengers.

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