Friday, May 04, 2007

See whales from kayak

Every year, Grey Whales migrate past California. In December and January, they are heading south to Mexico to breed. In March, the males head north to Alaska to feed. The females with calves follow in April. The mothers with their babies stay very close to shore, so they can avoid Killer Whales (which will attack the babies). This makes it easy to see them.

On Wednesday, there wasn't much waves or wind, so the conditions were very good to kayak out in to the ocean and try to find whales, so I took the day off from work and went with some friends to Pigeon Point to kayak.
水曜日波が短く、風があまり吹かなかったので、鯨を見やすかった。だから休暇を取って友達とPigeon Pointへカヤックに乗りに行った。

picture courtesy of Bart SelbyWe did get lucky. We saw at least 3 pairs of mothers and calves. They are hard to photograph from a moving kayak, so the pictures are not that good. Often you mostly see and hear the puff of spray from their breath. If we are reasonably close, we would see their backs. We did not see their flukes (tales) at all. (Note - the third picture was taken by the trip leader, Bart Selby, not I - thanks for letting me use the pic!)
見たよ!6頭以上見た。カヤックから写真を撮りにくいので、あまり良くない。撮は鯨の噴気孔だけ見られる。近ければ、背部も見られる。(3番目の写真はBart Selbyを撮った写真だ)



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