Hello, and welcome to my first blog post with the new website. I was contemplating what topic I should start with. Procrastinating is actually  more like it! Of course, I want this blog to be super interesting, insightful and wise. In the end, it will most likely just be fun for me and (hopefully) you as well. And that’s ok.

My wife and I love to go whale watching. Unfortunately, we haven’t had much luck seeing whales! We’ve seen a ton of dolphins, sea lions, seals, and of course, pelicans, but no whales. That is, until yesterday. We started off with a treat and got to see a type of Dolphin that I’ve never heard of. A Risso dolphin. Apparently, the discoloration on their skin is scarring from fighting with each other. Looks pretty intense!

Risso Dolphin Eye

Risso Dolphin

After the Risso dolphins, the Captain said a boat up ahead had found a whale. We thought: ‘Finally! We’re going to get to see a whale!’.

Now, let’s not get too excited, because it was a juvenile Fin Whale, but a whale’s a whale! We were hoping for a Blue whale or a Humpback, but we were happy to see a Fin whale. According to the captain at Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Fin whales are pretty mellow and usually just cruise along and don’t breach much. Or at all. He said he’s done 10,000 or so whale watching trips and never seen one breach. I found it more interesting that he’s been Captain for 10,000 whale watches, but that might be just me. He also said they dive for up to three or four minutes at a time, and we definitely found that to be true. Here’s one time that he came up:

Fin Whale

Fin Whale

We stayed on and watched him for a while and then we were off. It was a beautiful day on the water, but unfortunately, we didn’t see much else. There were some beautiful boats out though, like this gorgeous Schooner below. I have to say, I really miss sailing and boating. But, taking 2 hour trips to go see whales in beautiful Dana Point Harbor, then being able to come back to land and be on my way while the boys take care of the boat does have it advantages.

Tall Ship

Schooner

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– Steve