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1000 Dolphins and bunches of Sperm Whales

Posted on Thursday Aug 4, 2005

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On our trip from San Francisquito to Isla Partida (the one by Bay of LA), we traveled through ?¢â??¬???Whale Channel?¢â??¬. The current was running at 5 knots and our combined speed was 9.4 at our fastest! We flew!

As we weaved in and out of the tide rips, we were surrounded by Pacific White-Sided Dolphins. Hundreds and hundreds of them as far as we could see. They were hunting for food and not too interested in playing with us, but they were EVERYWHERE! (Attached is a photo of one of the ?¢â??¬???packs?¢â??¬ of dolphins).

Closer to Isla Partida, frolicking Sperm Whales were swimming in the current. There was one in particular trying to show off. He was doing tale slaps and full speed breaches out of the water, not once, but 6 or 7 times! We couldn?¢â??¬â??¢t believe it! Sperm Whales are MASSIVE and they crash into the water like exploding bombs!

Now, we?¢â??¬â??¢re anchored in a quite little bay that I thought we might, just might, have to ourselves. But it was not to be, 3 other boats were already anchored as we worked our way into the bay. Oh well, maybe they?¢â??¬â??¢ll leave tomorrow. We haven?¢â??¬â??¢t had an anchorage to ourselves since we left Coranado Island, almost 3 months ago!