Naturalist log for Sunday, February 6th
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and warm winter whale watch. The sun was shinning the swell broad and comfortable and the Gray Whales were out in force. We cruised comfortably out of Monterey around the peninsula and found whales readily all around the point. With the accessibility of the whales Captain Danny chose to press further south in hopes of finding more active or friendly whales. Too many whales is a problem we love to have at Discovery.
Our prize was two Grays just outside Carmel bay that swam within 20 feet of the boat! They inspected us out just under the surface of the water for several minutes while we pointed out their glowing silhouettes to oohing and aahing passengers. Finally the whales surfaced, giving us incredible looks. We used the remainder of our time to enjoy the friendly pair, before make the pleasant journey home.
Naturalist Andrew Boushka