Whales and Anchovy from kayak, Saturday 29 August 2015

I went out kayaking with Kimberly on Saturday. It was pretty foggy early on. We had been going to meet near the yacht club, but somehow missed seeing each other, until she spotted me while I was paddling down to Miramar.

The fog started to lift as we paddled south, and then we saw two whales popping their heads straight out of the water. That began about an hour and a half of whale watching. We saw at least 3 whales relatively close by, and several others further away. I'm pretty sure they were all humpbacks. At one point the two whales that we saw most often surfaced about 40 feet away, headed almost towards us.

The water stayed pretty calm, with very little wind, and only small swells, so we headed out to the green buoy at the south end of the reef. We saw several schools of anchovy, and there were a fair number of anchovy, and we also saw quite a few anchovy jumping out of the water.

I got a lot of short movies, and a few pictures, including a couple of underwater pictures and movies of the anchovy.

It was a pretty amazing day, with the whales, the fish, and beautiful weather. The ocean had some quite beautiful color and texture, too.

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