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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Venturing in

A report came over the marine radio this morning — a whale was at the entrance to Bodega Harbor, between the two jetties.  There was dense fog, so I wasn't sure the whale would be visible from shore, but I decided to give it a try.

I parked near Campbell Cove and watched.  The fog was very dense, so not much of the water was visible.  I was about to give up when I heard a very loud blow a sign that the whale was fairly close by.  

I kept watching, and a small Gray Whale eventually swam by, heading further into the harbor.  I took pictures, and watched it disappear into the fog north of channel marker #7 (towards the Coast Guard Station).  The whale wasn't visible or audible for a little while, but then it reappeared, swimming back towards the inlet.

The spout (the back and tail are also visible below the surface):

The head: 

The back:

Another view of the rake-like markings on the back.  What do you think — are they from scraping the bottom?  From a shark?  From an Orca?

And one last view of the whale swimming away:

I'm not sure why the whale ventured into Bodega Harbor, but it was a special opportunity to see and hear a whale close to shore.

P.S.  David got a few nice pictures of the other side of the whale as it swam towards the ocean click here to see one.


Sherry Clark said...

Great shots! Any more sightings of the whale?

Jackie Sones said...

Hi, Sherry! I haven't heard of additional sightings. If I do, I'll post the information.

:) Jackie