|A Long-Beaked Common Dolphin Racing Our Boat|
|Warm And Happy!|
|The Whale Watch Center Is Located In Fisherman's Wharf On Del Monte Avenue|
|Their Comfortable, 65 Foot Catamaran - The Blackfin|
|The Coast Guard Breakwater - "One Of The Main Haul-Out Sites For Sea Lions"|
|"Sea Lion Numbers Peak Off Monterey From Fall Through Spring"|
|Two Females (?) Enjoying The Sun|
These photos don't do the dolphins justice; luckily my daughter took some video. Here's a little glimpse of what it was like to be surrounded by dolphins.
Then we were on to the whales - gray whales migrating over 12,000 miles from the Bering Sea to Baja California. According to the naturalists on board, we saw 16 gray whales! Usually, they swam in groups of two. We got close enough to see well, but not as close as I would have liked. But I understand, the captain was keeping a respectful distance from the whales so they wouldn't be disturbed. I had trouble getting a good photo, but enjoyed it all the same.
|Once They Sound (Dive) They're Down For 2 To 7 Minutes|
|The Naturalist Said Risso's Dolphins Are Like "Gangsters Of The Sea - Proud Of Their Scars."|
|The End To A Beautiful Morning|
If you go: The 3 hour Gray Whale and Dolphin tours run from Dec 12 - March 31st.
Adults $40, Children 4 to 12 $27, Children 3 and under $15.
There is a 20% discount for members of the Monterey Aquarium
Sea-sickness You can take dramamine, but be aware that it can make you very sleepy. That is why I skipped it. If you are sensitive like I am, I recommend only taking half, or even a quarter, of a dose. Regardless of whether you take dramamine or not, it's really important to stay hydrated, starting the day before. The day of, make sure you have a solid meal and stay hydrated. I brought food and water on the boat. In the beginning, I felt a little queasy but I also noticed I was a little hungry. I ate a snack bar, drank some water and felt much better. Just listen to your body. I also recommend taking a morning cruise; they are usually calmer. Also, I waited till one day before the trip before making my reservation so I could check the weather - you want a light breeze. Speaking of breezes, avoid the cabin and stay in the front or sides of the boat (on the main level, not up high), and avoid the diesel fumes in the back. If you do all this, I think you will have a good chance of avoiding seasickness. Good luck.
What to wear: dress in layers and definitely bring warm clothing. I wore two shirts, a down jacket, a baseball hat and light gloves. I also brought a windbreaker that I took on and off depending on how fast the boat was going. No matter how sunny it is, the wind on the ocean will make you cold. Also, don't forget sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, water and snacks.
Photography: definitely bring your camera, But if you are having trouble getting good shots, put it away and just enjoy the sights and the wonderful smell of the ocean. You won't forget it.