Hmmm... As I sat there today at the point keeping an eye out for a whale, I was wondering what was up with Mondays... Why Mondays seem to be low number days where the other days, ya know the days I am not there, having much higher count of whales passing by the point or milling around out near the islands in the far distance? My partner quickly agreed as we laughed.
Yesterday started the fifth week, and due to a lot of time not being able to count because of the bad weather, the count team has reached a total number of 97 northern migrating gray whales. Only about 10 of those have occurred on a Monday and definitely no Humpbacks in the distance, on a Monday.
Today we did see one gray whale surface twice before it disappeared into thin air. Yes, another day of a shy whale. However, later in the day, after my shift, they spotted two gray whales and could track them a short distance.
We had two otters in the area surviving the high surf from the weather. A couple of beautiful white Egrets, some Pelicans faking us out with splashes making us think possible blows out towards the islands and a dozen Bottlenose Dolphins passing by heading east (south).
Have a great week....
BTW... Another mammal appearing in the Santa Barbara Channel extremely early this year; the largest mammal in the world; a Blue Whale was sighted off of Santa Rosa today by a whale watch company. When a Blue Whale is sighted in mid May, that is considered early, but for some reason, the whales are appearing early in the channel this year.