Here is a Humpback blowing (breathing). That is how you can spot the whales - by the blow. The crew was very good at spotting them and then the captain would announce where to look. That is Catalina Islands National Park in the background. The whales migrate between Catalina and the Santa Barbara shoreline.
Two flukes of humpback whales showing here as they prepare to dive. Humpbacks will almost always fluke (put their tail fins in the air) as they dive. They will spend about 14-15 minutes on the surface and then dive for food for about the same amount of time. We saw probably around 14 humpback whales. Digital photography was a big Liability. With the seconds delay in snapping the photo most digital cameras, you rarely actually caught the whale on the surface.
We were treated to a rare sight. I did not get a picture of the Blue Whale we encountered, these photos were taken by 'C'. The Blue streak over the surface is why the Blue whale is called that. It is so big, the water over it's back turns a beautiful teal blue as it swims.
'C' even managed to get a picture of the Blue Whale on the surface as it was blowing. The Blue Whale is endangered with only 10,000 alive today. There are 100,000 Humpbacks. The blue whale is also the largest mammal to have ever lived, even bigger than a dinosaur. Unfortunately, none of the whale photos really do the animals justice and there is nothing to judge the size of the animal in the picture. They were impressive, believe me! I would recommend Condor Cruises for a whale-watching tour. I thought they did a great job.
After we got back about 2:30 pm, we walked around Santa Barbara Harbor. There were a lot of sailboats docked.
As we walked out on the dock, I saw this guy just below where we were walking on the shoreline.
Look at this beautiful tree near the Marina!
C & L went shopping so I sat on the dock and watched the boats and the seals play. I saw this yellow boat coming in.
It said "Lil Toot" on the side and it docked right in front of me. Apparently you could take "Lil Toot" for a tour of the Harbor. I thought it was pretty darn cute.
It was a fun day and I enjoyed all of it. Certainly different than where I live 60 Miles North of Nowhere!