Or "Holy Leviathan!" Or "Thar She Blows!" (or skip this post if you're not into whales)
One of the many things I enjoy about whale watching is the pure unpredictability of the day. Sometimes unusual things happen before I get to the boat, like the day I first notices the plaid Volvo station wagon. I know I have a picture of it somewhere, (here it is, on my cell phone) and now I see it almost every time I head down to the boat.
Back to unusual things. I volunteer with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and we go out looking for Gray Whales, which migrate south and then north past San Diego from late December until late March. (I don't know why I didn't talk about this sooner!) While we're looking for Grays, we might also see several types of dolphins, sea lions, seals and just maybe other types of whales. Last week we saw Fin whales, today we thought we were seeing a Fin, but it turned out to be a Blue Whale! A Blue Whale! The largest animal to ever inhabit the Earth. I did not get any pictures, but Caitlin did and she posts a whale watching blog for the Birch Aquarium. Her picture(s) of the Blue whale should show up later this week. I didn't think I'd ever see a Blue whale. What a way to wrap up my last day of whale watching this season.