|Casey and Paul gamely hang onto their cookies|
Monterey Bay is a mecca for sealife. It's one of the best places in the world to go whale watching, and while we've been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium any number of times we've never gone whale watching before. Paul set it all up and off we went.
|Kayakers were having fun spotting Sea Otters in the water next to them.|
So the naturalist on the boat who pointed out sea life and told us interesting things taught us to look for three B's when going whale watching: Birds, lots of them feeding in an area, since they would indicate lots of food interesting to birds and fish and whales, Boats, like the one we were on, who were cruising slowly around or motionless and not fishing, and Blows, as in whales blowing water from their airholes and taking breaths.
|Nope, no whales yet- not out to sea far enough yet.|
|Lots of giant jelliyfish in the water as we drive by.|
|Plenty of pelicans and other seabirds around, fishing.|
|Casey's face when asked how he was feeling.|
|Top fin of the Basking Shark- it was huge- about the size of one of the whales we spotted.|
|Pelicans on the wing, low on the water|
|Paul was a good sport despite nausea.|
|Watching the Basking Shark passing very close to the boat.|
|Riley describing how he spotted the shark.|
Riley and I would do it again in a heartbeat; Paul and Casey might think twice. I do love the fact that you can still go out to sea and spot whales living their lives, raising their babies. I admit it gives me hope for the planet for some reason.