The southbound gray whale migration is peaking off Southern California, providing photo opportunities galore. The problem, at times, is trying to guess where the subjects will surface.
The accompanying images, captured by David Beeninga for Dana Wharf Whale Watching, include one that shows a man aiming his camera off the port side of his sailboat in hopeful anticipation, while the whale breaches off the starboard side.
The image was captured Saturday off Dana Point in Orange County. Dana Wharf Whale Watching posted the photo to Instagram on Sunday, along with the description: “The moment when you are ready with your camera and the Whale breaches on the opposite side of the boat and you never see it!”
The whale was not actually playing peekaboo, of course. Beeninga, who was aboard the vessel Lot a Fun, said the whale breached eight times, including five in succession.
The second breach just happened to occur very close to the idling sailboat.
About 27,000 gray whales are involved in a migration from Arctic feeding areas to breeding and nursing grounds along Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.
The southbound gray whale migration is peaking off Southern California, providing photo opportunities galore. The problem, at (…)