As of 14 Mar 2018

Southbound Today ---------------- 4
Northbound Today --------------- 53 (33 yesterday)
Total Whales Today ------------- 57
Southbound Calves Today --------- 0
Northbound Calves Today --------- 1

Season to Date (since 1 Dec 2017)

Southbound -------------------- 905
Northbound -------------------- 790
Total ------------------------ 1695
Calves South ------------------- 61
Calves North -------------------- 6

Message from observers: We watched a pod of four whales roll continuously for FOUR HOURS: milling, rolling, lifting their heads, displaying their pectoral flippers, and thrashing around. They slowly rolled southward, moving from a mile and a half to half of a mile from us - then suddenly stopped rolling and turned around and headed back north. One whale BREACHED once within less a half mile of shore; it was part of a trio. Later in the day we saw a pod of ten whales that briefly stopped and milled, then split into two groups - a group of four and a group of six; one whale in the larger subgroup later did one breach and then a half-breach. Whales in six sightings rolled, two sightings milled, and five sightings waved pectoral flippers. We watched whales as they swam underwater during at least seven sightings. GRAY WHALES fluked during eleven of twenty-seven sightings. Multiple GRAY WHALE sightings were visible at the same during much of the day; there were also at least 6-8 FIN WHALES foraging across our field of view throughout the day, so tracking whales got pretty hectic. We also spotted BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN.

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