As of 25 MAY 2015

Southbound Today ---------------- 0
Northbound Today ---------------- 4
Total Whales Today -------------- 4
Southbound Calves Today --------- 0
Northbound Calves Today --------- 2

Season to Date (since 1 Dec 2014)

Southbound ------------------- 1902
Northbound ------------------- 2141
Total ------------------------ 4043
Calves South ------------------- 50
Calves North ------------------ 318

Message from the observers: They came within a quarter of a mile from shore, just outside of the kelp line.The first pair kept a very low profile; we had to track them by following their fluke print line. The second pair showed a bit more; we tracked them by watching for this mom's very white fluke, glowing behind her as she swam just under the water's surface. We saw two pairs of VERY high blows on the horizon through our spotting scopes, at least 10 miles offshore; these unidentified whales were most likely BLUE WHALES, or possibly very large FIN WHALES. We also spotted COMMON DOLPHIN and BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN. Total grays (since 1 Dec): 1902* southbound gray whales (50 sb calves); our new record high southbound gray whale count. We also spotted 2141 northbound gray whales (318* nb calves); this is our new record high northbound gray whale calf count, and our highest overall northbound count in 27 years. What an amazing season,with a fantastic team of dedicated citizen scientists! We'll be back at the Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center on 1 December, to start another Gray Whale Census season.

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