Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Whale Watching in Newport
I have been whale watching a few times in my life -- Hawaii, Mexico and Victoria (off the coast of British Columbia). Each of these tours shares the common thread that any whales I saw were tiny blobs of black very far off in the distance. So, when my cousin, Rey, told us that she had recently been on a whale watching field trip with her son and had seen A TON of whales and dolphin, RKZ and I jumped at the chance.
We chose Newport Landing Whale Watching mainly because it was the closest to where we were staying and because the friends coming with us had a coupon. It was a great choice.
The day was overcast and a little rainy - a perfect day for watching whales. A girlfriend and her boys joined us for the trip.
I honestly think that the boys were more interested in the cabin of the ship at first.
RKZ and the boys loved checking out the view and searching for sea life
C loved looking out for things.
H-P tried to figure out the binoculars
First, we saw sea lions hanging out. The boys were thrilled.
Then, we saw a giant pod of dolphin!
They estimated over 100 dolphin were in this pod. I couldn't capture on film how incredible it was as the dolphin swam in the wakes our boat created. It was too fun to watch!
After about an hour, we were a bit discouraged that we hadn't seen any whales. Our boat headed back and then we were surprised by this!
It was a wonderful trip and my first REAL whale experience.