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Whale Watching
March 12th, 2013 / Newport Beach coast, California

                 
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These are images of our Whale Watching Trip from Newport Beach on March 12, 2013
We had a lot of fog during most of the trip out on the ocean, but was not a bad trip
considering that we had one Gray Whale and two Fin Whales
along with other species seen (images below for your enjoyment)
- MANY more images of these species on my website -



GRAY WHALE IMAGES
Gray Whale -spring- (California)  Gray Whale -spring- (California)
Side views of Gray Whale


Gray Whale -spring- (California)
Rear view of Gray Whale (from the rear of the animal)


Gray Whale -spring- (California)
This may very possibly be a younger animal that is on it's first journey north from Baja California
where it was born, to it's feeding grounds in the Bering Sea of Alaska - where most Gray Whales
summer and thus why it 'hugged' the shoreline so closely.  Most adults are found further out.


Gray Whale -spring- (California)
Gray Whale (head to left) barely surfacing - to inhale air before going down usually for approximately 2-3 minutes

Gray Whale -spring- (California)
Closer view of head and back of Gray Whale



FIN WHALE IMAGES
Second largest mammal on the planet
Fin Whale -spring- (California)
Fin Whale - one of the larger baleen whales and a great deal larger animal than Gray Whale

Fin Whale -spring- (California)
Fin Whale - side view

Fin Whale -spring- (California)
Fin Whale about to go down for a long dive as shown by the tail area
(right most of view above) showing a great deal of arch in it

Fin Whale -spring- (California)
Fin Whale (rear view) showing how massive this animal actually is versus a side look (above images)
 
Fin Whale -spring- (California)
Fin Whale - another rear view showing the formation of what is called the "foot print" out in front of it's head
 - an area of depressed water where a whale goes down below the surface which can remain for a full minute or more after diving -



COMMON DOLPHIN IMAGES
Common Dolphin -spring- (California)
Common Dolphins

Common Dolphin -spring- (California)
Common Dolphin after a jump now re-entering the water

Common Dolphin -spring- (California)
Common Dolphin after a jump now re-entering the water (a moment later)




OTHER SPECIES IMAGES
California Sea Lion -spring- (California)
California Sea Lions - basking and drying out on the weather buoy out at sea


Surf Scoter -spring male- (California)
Surf Scoter male

Surf Scoter -spring male- (California)
Surf Scoter male taking off from water

Surf Scoter -spring male- (California)
Surf Scoter male taking off from water

Surf Scoter -spring male- (California)
Surf Scoter male in flight

Brandt's Cormorant -spring- (California)
Brandt's Cormorant in breeding plumage - note white plumes on neck


Brown Pelican -spring- (California)
Brown Pelican adult in breeding plumage
Note the fishing line however coming out of it's mouth - probably attempting to get a fisherman's catch



Whale Watching Group Photo - March 12, 2013
Our Whale Watching Group Photo - March 12th, 2013


Good Links for more details

American Cetacean Society Website


Learn more about this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin_Whale

Learn more about this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Whale



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