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Whaler's log :: Minkes, mola molas and more...

It was another fantastic San Diego summer day on Thursday, August 26, as The Bright And Morning Star headed out of San Diego Bay in search of big blue whales. The first part of the trip was blessed with the warmth of the sun and a gentle breeze to keep things comfortable. Distant blows were sighted but the whales remained elusive.

We headed along the nine-mile bank towards the Coronado Canyon and the Los Coronados. We finally hit paydirt when a fast moving minke whale made an appearance. Then, a Mola Mola swam next to the bow of the boat and a pod of Common Dolphins stopped fishing long enough to come play in the wake of the boat.

Next stop was the Los Cornados where California sea lions, harbor seals, Black Oystercatchers, Brown Pelicans, Brandt Cormorants, Brown Boobies and a collection of galls and terns were spotted. A pair of long-time San Diego residents were amazed at the incredible diversity of life at their doorstep. They had lived in the area for 40 years and had no idea that the Los Coronados were so beautiful and full of life.

On the way back from Dead Man's Island we spotted another minke whale and a very large blue whale made an appearance.

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