Trip Report by Nick LeBeouf, BigAnimals Expeditions Leader
This Blue Whale Expedition started with action on the water when we left the bay and motored out 12 miles accompanied by a pod of over 200 short beaked common dolphins.
With the Kayak Guides ready to go we launched them to give the orientation and as we finished a 60 ft Blue Whale surfaced next to the operational vessel.
we closed the distance with the kayaks and 2 guests had a view of a lifetime watching the blue whale swim by underwater with in a few hours of being out at sea.
The day continued to be productive with over 11 different whales in the 80 ft of visibility off shore each guest was able to have 2 – 3 great opportunities with these Ocean Giants.
It was the most productive day of the week for encounters as everyone had multiple encounters on the day.
The following 4 days were such a delight with the amount of variety we encountered from the Kayak, Boat, Kelp Paddy free diving.
Everyday we had a Smooth Hammerhead Shark sightings reported from kayakers and seen from the main vessel.
A nice group of Rizzo Dolphins were off shore with us for 2 days and we were able to get in the water with them on the Sub Wing – a human tow device to use underwater as the boat motors in with the pod.
The most unique part of the week was witnessing Dorado and Yellowtail swimming under a Kelp Paddy when all of a suddenly a Humpback Whale comes up to surface next to the kelp paddy and begins playing with it as he picks it up with his left pectoral fin and waves the kelp in the air playing with it.
1 guest was right in the middle of it all, on her Kayak and she slid into the water and had a view of the humpback being so close. We spotted the Rizzo Dolphins again shortly, after that followed up with multiple blue whales on the way back to the dock.
My guest was able to see the same whale twice underwater as this group was very relaxed.
This trip would not have been a success with out the 40 or more different Blue Whales we came across in the past week. The Pilot did a excellent job with scouting reports each day and assisting the boat captain.
The Pacific ocean is a beautiful place and getting with in a meter of the largest animal ever to have lived on the planet is the one of the most magical moments one can have.
BigAnimals.com did it again providing each of us with a great crew,kayak guides, and pilot all working as a team in achieving another successful Expedition for Blue Whales. I hope to see you next year on the water with me.