Spending the Day with “Curly” – 27/5/19

On this trip we headed to Mile Rock, the last place the whales had been seen. We slowly made our way along the demarcation line, searching for whales. After searching for a while, we spotted a spout just east of Mile Rock.

We approached and found one humpback whale. We know this individual as “Curly.”

We saw a few fluke dives from the animal.

There were lots of anchovies on the fish finder and lots of birds in the area, suggesting that the whale was feeding. Near the end of the trip, we saw a huge Steller’s sea lion swim past the boat.

On our next trip we headed back to the same spot. We found the same whale, Curly, feeding on the north side of the strait near Point Bonita. There was a good amount of bird activity over the whale.

We saw several fluke dives. The whale moved east over the course of the trip as the tide rose. When we left the whale it was off of Point Diablo.


This post was adapted from a blog, read the original here

All photos from today were taken by naturalist Michael Pierson.

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