Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cetaceans in Central California

Here is the second post of cetaceans. This one is more recent. These pictures of gray whale calves and bottlenose dolphins from Estero Point. (Estero point is just north of Morro Bay) This day in particular there were several whales and dolphins loitering in the near-shore area inside of the kelp line. They were fun to watch! (More fun than the otter that we were watching, who was sleeping!)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) giving us a show

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) giving us a show.
Gray whale mom and two calves (Eschrichtius robustus). There were two mom/calf pairs hanging out together. In this photos the two calves have their heads resting on one of the moms.
Gray whale calf (Eschrichtius robustus) spyhopping with a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the foreground. Notice the size difference!
Gray whale calf (Eschrichtius robustus) fluke.
Gray whale calf (Eschrichtius robustus) fluke.

 And, just like the last cetacean post, I'll end with a non-cetacean species.
Sea otter (Enhydra lutris) grooming in Moss Landing