“To have a huge, friendly whale willingly
approach you and look you straight in the eye
is without doubt one of the most
extraordinary experiences on the planet.”
Late this afternoon, we had a Pacific gray whale and her calf visit just a short 30+ feet from the beaches shore. The pair put on a show popping its huge head out of the waves and rolling around in the surf.
The juvenile whale spouted water and scratched itself in the sand just feet from the Redondo Beach shore. Dozens of onlookers watched in wonder and many snapped photos.
The local news reported that the yearling was probably making its first annual migration. Gray whales commonly migrate this time of year from feeding grounds in Alaska to Baja California lagoons, where adults mate and give birth in the warm waters.
An annual census has documented more than 1,420 grays passing by since December. This is the second time this month we’ve seen the baby whales.