Beautiful blue skies greeted passengers and whalers on board the Bright and Morning Star this morning. Not long after exiting San Diego Bay, we came upon a large school of common dolphins. According to the fish finder on the boat the dolphins were "rounding up" a very large bait ball. Everyone enjoyed the action and then it was off to find the whales. After discussion with other captains, the boat headed three miles off La Jolla and five blue whales were spotted. Passengers enjoyed watching their behaviors and were thrilled when two came within several feet of our vessel. The whales were an exceptional turquoise blue under the surface of the water due to the sunny conditions. A mola mola (ocean sunfish) floated into view, giving everyone a good look at this unusual looking fish. On the return trip, we came upon another pod of dolphins, ending another terrific day on the Pacific Ocean.
Submitted by Whaler Diane