“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope.
Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning:
we are all in the same boat.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau
For the past few days, my husband and I have watched as several Gray whales play in the waters off Redondo Beach.
First you see them leap out of the water extending their massive bodies into the air and then slamming back down on to the water which is known as breaching. A few seconds later, their distinctive V-shaped blow can be seen as they travel southward for their fall migration.
Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal on earth. Every year they swim more than 10,000 miles roundtrip, between nursery lagoons in Mexico to feeding grounds in the Arctic. This Southward migration is led by pregnant females in a hurry to reach the warm birthing and nursery lagoons in Mexico. The whales usually travel within 2 miles off shore and makes this one of the few whale migrations that can be seen from shore.
For me, this is such an astonishing sight to behold when the Gray whales return to Redondo.