I was lucky to take two whale watching/pelagic bird voyages in a week: San Diego out of Mission Bay* on September 1st and out of Half Moon Bay^ on September 4th. Both trips were magnificent and totally different. On both trips I added birds to my life list- bird species I had never seen before including: South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater and Long-Tailer Jaeger.
It is super hard to take pictures of fast moving birds from a fast moving boat, on the ocean even with my new camera, but here are a few of the better ones:
In San Diego I saw TWO Blue Whales, the largest thing on earth. The rise out of the water like apartment buildings. 100 ft in length. We were about 10 miles offshore on a beautiful sunny day.
Just entering Pioneer Canyon about 15 miles off Half Moon Bay, California we saw TWO Fin Whales, about 70 feet each.
I saved the best for last. GREATER than 1000 dolphins. Enjoy these pictures and videos. I still can't believe the spiritual aspect and serenity of the moment.
2 minute video - please watch in a quiet place... It is followed by a few shorter videos.