Taken at Dana Wharf Whale Watching ~ Dana Point

Report and Photo’s by Carla Mitroff – Edited by Deanna Hansen

90+ students from Wood Canyon Elementary School, Aliso Viejo aboard the Dana Pride with Capt. Todd Mansur. Under tough visibility conditions due to morning fog we still managed to find three pods of 3 gray whales each. The first pod would come up for 3 breaths then dive for 4 mins. They changed directions from southbound to northbound which turned into a circular pattern so we left them to watch a second trio of gray whales nearby. Our third pod of whales were the most active as we observed them rolling, showing their pectoral fins, flukes and one BREACHED! Capt Todd once again provided an exciting trip for all under difficult weather conditions. He’s the BEST!

 

Southbound gray whale with mouth showing. You can see it's eye too!

Southbound gray whale with mouth showing. You can see it’s eye too!

Tail end of gray whale breach looking at it's underside.

Tail end of gray whale breach looking at it’s underside.

Southbound gray whale flukes

Southbound gray whale flukes

Gray whale on it's back

Gray whale on it’s back

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