Thursday, February 7, 2013

A three hour tour, a three hour tour

Today, on a whale watching expedition off Dana Point. And while the tour was heavy on sea lions and pelicans,



it was surprisingly light on whales. According to our guide, they're out there somewhere, and we'll just have to trust him on that.



As I've never watched a whale before, I really wasn't disappointed in not watching a whale again.


When it comes to the great Pacific, I'm all about the sea dogs.

36 comments:

  1. Well, you aren't the only one to have missed some whales...Of all the whale trips we took, we saw nada... Guess they had the last laughs on us... those sea dogs are definitely having a nice siesta!.

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  2. I've seen a couple of whales, but always from afar. It looks like you made the best of your trip anyhow and it wasn't completely devoid of sea life. The good news is, you made it back to shore!

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  3. I'd go on one of those if they gave me my money back in case of a no-show. But I'd love to see the sea dogs.

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  4. So I'm not the only one who has gone no whale watching.

    As members of the media (heh heh), we got free passes. Which is another reason I have nothing to complain about.

    Perfect, Paula.

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  5. So, are they changing the name to "Sea Dog Tours"? Truth in advertising, and all.

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  6. Wanna see whales??? Go to Alaska!!! When we went on our first cruise...we went to Alaska...we traveled up the inland passage and saw whales breaching off to the side of the ship...every day. Then we went on a whale watching excursion...got to see the whales "bubble feeding"...twice!!! This is where the whales are together while looking for food...a group of males will swim under a school of fish, blowing bubbles which disorients the fish. Then, upon a signal from the one female...they all surface (perpendicular to the water) with their mouths open, catching fish as they come out of the water. They come out about half the length of their bodies and hover for a few seconds...it's amazing!!! That was the highlight of our trip...that and the whore house museum!!!
    Sorry your whale watching experience turned out to be a no whale watcher...that sucks!!!

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  7. Free passes, to whale watching?
    As a member of the "media" I've only gotten free Food. Which reminds me of another tasty meal coming up soon.

    Btw, those are nice pics. Are they from your new camera? It captures the shades of grey really well! I hope you've learned the lesson of your old shooter - keep away from water, especially salted.

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  8. Clearly, your tractor training program is effective. Nice images, all! Typical blokes, those sea lions -- not happy unless it's a crowd.

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  9. Seems we both had a sailing theme to our blogs today. Sorry you saw no whales. I had a similar experience in Alaska as The Chieftess. Whales everywhere. Head north :)

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  10. Maybe you were in the wrong kind of boat? Here's a video from a kayaker: http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c3#/video/us/2011/10/20/dnt-whale-kayaker-encounter.kcal-kcbs

    Also, if you ever get the chance to do a Baja Ca. whale trip do it. There is something awe-inspiring about having a mom whale push her kid over to the side of your panga or zodiac, then come right up herself to have her muzzle [rostrum, actually] scratched.

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  11. I don't think my media connections can snag me a free trip to Alaska. Besides the Sea Dog Tour was fine with me.

    Yes, the tractor took these snaps. It's pretty game, because the sea was choppy and I cracked his skull against the railing numerous times.

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  12. Hi Doris -- I knew for sure you had done some exotic whale watching. The guide recommended Baja, though, like Alaska, I don't see that in my immediate future.

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  13. Love those sea dogs. I'm glad you had a nice time in the sea air anyway, KB. There are whale watching cruises up and down our coasts, too ~ haven't been on one but it's on The List. We have an albino humpback named Migaloo who travels along our east coast. {Named for an indigenous Australian word for "white fella".} He's so popular, they have exclusion zones to keep a distance because they worried he was getting stressed by all the close attention, poor babe.

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  14. Look at you, Perks!

    I didn't see one friggin whale when I took that Alaskan tour. I did see my first bald eagles. They were fighting over a tipped trash can.

    Go to the Palos Verdes Light House park. Whale watchers gather there and will point out whale activity. Basically a little ripple in the sea. Big whoop.

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  15. Maybe they found out you have "met" me. Whales are Whale Non Grata when it comes to me. They're all "Oh, Adele is coming today? Stay underwater, dudes!" That's okay, though, because I love the Seadogs. Looks like a great trip!

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  16. Wonderful photos! I've seen whales as they migrated along the Oregon coast, watched them from an observation deck on shore; we all had binoculars. We saw lots of sea dogs, too, especially near the canning factories.

    [You know we all have "that song" in our heads now, don't you?]

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  17. I may not know my Wordsworth, but I know my Gilligan. Everybody sing, "If it wasn't for the courage of the fearless crew/the Minnow would be lost/The Minnow would be lost."

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  18. I'm a member of the Heh Heh Media.

    Line of the day: "As I've never watched a whale before, I really wasn't disappointed in not watching a whale again."

    Must've been freezing!

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  19. Haha!!! At the end of our Alaskan Cruis, we went to Denali...where everybody sees tons of wild life...we saw a Ptarmigan...yep...the state bird of Alaska...

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  20. Chieftess: Are you sure you didn't confuse the bubble feeding with the whorehouse museum?

    Hiker: When I lived in Solana Beach, I'd often watch whales from the shore. Then I'd run away in case they saw me.

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  21. Come to Portland and watch the Portland SeaDogs play this summer. Great AA baseball and the price is always right.

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  22. This is the first time I've thought, "That Earl, he must be a morning person."

    Yes, it was chilly. And yes, our guide pointed out signs of whale activity -- he got quite excited about the bubble thing.

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  23. Were there any taller sea dogs?
    Bipedal?

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  24. I took the kids whale watching some years ago. No whales. But lots of seasickness.

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  25. Great photos, even if there isn't one of a whale. I've never seen a whale up close, but a few weeks ago I saw the Pier 39 sea lions in SF for the first time. They were hilarious! I hope you remembered to bring a trunk full of evening gowns for your three hour boat tour.

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  26. Pier 39, oh, Katie, I have memories. And those sea lions are loud!

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  27. I also had the great fortune of seeing whales in Alaska. Such majestic creatures! A free sea dog tour is pretty darn fabulous, too.

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  28. You'll have to come to Australia then. You can sometimes spot them from the shore. I've always avoided whale tours but last year, a group of us went out on a friend's father's boat and were lucky enough to have some whales breaching around us just a few minutes out from the jetty. I was surprised the boat didn't rock much!

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  29. Georgia LP, I'll take any excuse to visit Australia.

    If you want to see an impressive sea dogpile, visit this post on John Evans's blog. http://www.on-scenic-routes.net/2013/01/31/the-moss-landing-sea-lions/

    Now I'm off to check Pier 39.

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  30. It's the sea dog who's using the edge of the steel cavil as a pillow that most impresses me.

    Also, according to this month's Smithsonian magazine, some whales live to be 200 years old, which pre-dates the publication of "Moby Dick."

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  31. You are getting some lovely photos from your big camera.

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  32. Very nice photos! Sorry you didn't get to see any whales. I live right down the street from the Dana Point Harbor...

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  33. Sounds you had an amazing tour, Karin!
    I've never watched free in nature a whale, a sea lions and a sea dogs before. I would like to see them...
    Love these photos, principally the pelican ready to fly. Just great!

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