Sadly, the animals were too far away for photographs, but it was still very exciting to see a small group of Orcas — my first from shore in California!
It was hard to tell, but there were between 4-6 smaller animals (females or juveniles)...all actively swimming north towards Goat Rock and the Russian River area.
Then I glanced south and saw one very large dorsal fin — a male — separate from the rest of the group.
It was probably my imagination, but other animals seemed to be hugging the shoreline.
A group of California Sea Lions:
Two passing Gray Whales:
This is *not* an Orca from tonight, but instead one from Monterey, photographed from a boat. I can't remember the exact year (it's from a scanned 35 mm slide), but it's probably from the early 2000s:
Although Orcas are rarely seen from shore in this area, keep your eyes open! Conditions like today — flat, calm, gray seas — offer great viewing conditions.