Yesterday I went to the west side again just to see what was going on, and arrived just in time to see a huge group of playful whales pass by close to shore at Land Bank's Westside Preserve. This was one of those encounters where photos do so much more than words....
|Nine of the 30 or so whales on the surface at once, heading towards Land Bank|
|A young whale breaches alongside five others who have just surfaced|
|A whale surfaces upside down, pec fins in the air|
|The same whale does an inverted tailslap|
|The same whale then rolls over and does a pec slap as J27 Blackberry surfaces behind|
|J28 Polaris surfaces nose-to-nose with her calf J46 Star|
|A young whale does an inverted spyhop, surfacing between an adult male and a calf|
|An orca doing an inverted tailslap sends strands of kelp into the air alongside four other whales|
|J28 Polaris surfaces with a small strand of kelp across her nose|
|Having seen only J-Pod whales and the L12 subgroup, I was surprised to see L82 Kasatka and her calf L116 pop up|
|L85 Mystery with a strand of kelp across his dorsal fin and saddle patch|
The whole thing only lasted a few minutes, but boy was it amazing! See larger version of all the photos in this photo gallery, where you can also order prints.