Shrieking, screaming, jumping, laughing, and ultimately a sore face from too much joy

Spent the morning watching the Farallon Islands fading in the distance with an unreasonable dream of seeing a great white shark, I am hard pressed to say if what I did see was actually better or not, but either way it was magnificent.  I walked outside just in time to see 2 humpback whales simultaneously breaching!

Since this is my first account of breaching, my expectations were fairly, well, very low. I expected one, maybe two breaches, and then to be able to watch their blows fade away in the distance. These whales had another plan in mind. Breach after breach after breach, for over twenty minutes, close enough to watch them smack the surface of the water with their flippers.

We continued on our journey north watching the breaching whales fade in the distance continuing to breach as long as they were in view when the captain suddenly started to turn towards them. Thinking to myself if he had turned the boat twenty minutes ago we would have been able to get a much better look at them, I soon realize he was turning to avoid hitting two more whales that were in front of the boat who popped up on the port side so close I screamed with excitement!

It was impossible to get the work day started as the blows from less active humpback whales continued to surround us, and pacific white sided dolphins swam next to us. There were even a couple curious sea lions that poked their heads up.

Simply magnificent. There are no words to express the wonder and joy of watching the whales this morning.

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    • Emily
    • April 26th, 2012

    Missing you, but it sounds like you are having way too much excitement of you own there on the other side of the country.

  1. How wonderful! Echoing Emmie..missing you, but such a cool journey you have been able to resume. 🙂

    • lulu
    • April 29th, 2012

    TOO COOL! Send pictures…..

    • Stacy
    • May 1st, 2012

    Yayee!! So glad to hear this fantastic story of your! Keep them coming! xoxox

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