Gray Whales Coming Close to Shore along the Mendocino Coast
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I was at Point Cabrillo Light Station last week watching the sunset, looked over the cliffs, and just 100 yards offshore, saw a pod of whales. There was tail splashing and spouts everywhere. This was further evidence, as reported by Capt. Tim Gillespie of the Sea Hawk at All Aboard Adventures, that the great annual Gray Whale migration has begun. This tidbit from the American Cetacean Society:

“The only member of the family Eschrichtiidae, the gray whale is a mysticete, or baleen whale. It is a “coastal” whale that migrates along the North American Pacific Coast between arctic seas and the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. Frequently visible from shore, gray whales provide a unique opportunity for land and boat observation, and commercial whale watching has become a major industry along its migration route. Visitors to the calving and breeding lagoons sometimes encounter the phenomenon of the “friendlies”; gray whales that closely approach small boats and allow themselves to be touched by humans.”

One Response

  1. stan says:

    The whales are amazing this year. I saw them from the secret beach near Pacific Mist inn.

    see http://www.pacificmistinn.com

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