SAN DIEGO WHALE WATCHING – Each year I go whale watching to celebrate my birthday. This year was really special. A humpback whale breeched more than 20 times & then did fin slapping over & over. Flying fish took off from the water, sea lions barked & 2 California Brown Pelicans sat on the bow of our boat before we left the dock. Sail boats went by & a fishing boat going out to sea was followed by hundreds of gulls & pelicans. An entire flock of cormorants floated alongside our boat. It was a lovely day!
BY THE WIND SAILORS (Velella velella) WERE ALL OVER THE BEACH THIS WEEK IN SAN DIEGO. When I went whale watching a few days ago, the Mola Mola Sunfish were eating lots of them. There were also millions of Red Pelagic Crabs swimming in the sea. They look like tiny lobsters! Both of these marine creatures are showing up here now because of warming in the ocean so we don’t get to see them all the time. On the whale watching trip I also saw 2 fin whales come up right next to the boat. Lovely.
WHALE WATCHING TRIPS IN JANUARY BRING SUCH BEAUTY OF THE SEA – There are gray whales everywhere. The whales are migrating south to Mexico. First the pregnant female gray whales come down the coast in a hurry to get to Mexico to give birth to their calves. Occasionally a whale gives birth on the way down and a 3rd whale will accompany the mother & calf to help her protect her baby. Then the males and juvenile whales follow along at a more leisurely pace sometimes playing as they migrate. These are great days to get to see a gray whale even from the beach! I love watching the whales blow at sunset, when it turns pink!
This whale trip I was excited to see many Cassin’s Auklet birds bouncing along on the waves. These chubby little birds fill their mouths with krill for their babies & then are too heavy to lift themselves out of the water so they bounce along on the waves as they are too heavy to fly! The sight of the day for me though was thousands of Bonaparte’s gulls feeding during their migration. The white wings in murmuration patterns was breathtakingly beautiful & as our boat got close to them, their chattering bird song was charming. Right off shore, 8 miles out, nature lifts my heart. Always. I swear if I had money, I would spend the rest of my life on the sea.
2015 DAILY ART JOURNAL – WATERCOLOR – BEGINNING OF JANUARY