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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SLO Humpback

Patience is a virtue and the third day's a charm. 

Sunday: Although my morning trek out to Port San Luis Harbor in Avila Bay yielded humpback whale sightings far in the distance, the behemoth mammals eluded my camera.

Monday: After work, my drive back to the Harford Pier yielded no sea monsters whatsoever except for the bewildering feeding frenzy of hundreds of prehistoric-like pelicans.

Tuesday: My late afternoon at the pier brought a bright blue sky full of gossamer clouds. I walked around, snapping photos of the birds and seals until I grew tired and hungry. It was time to call it a day. No whales in sight. As I walked back to my car I heard a young boy yell, "There it is!" I turned and glimpsed the massive black beast gracefully slide back down into the water in the deep harbor.

My growling stomach quickly went unnoticed and my feet immediately turned around and started walking towards the far end of the pier. The crowd quickly gathered but I managed to inch my way to a prime viewing spot. A few minutes earlier and I would have missed this grand spectacle. So glad I stayed.

Graceful silhouettes of pelicans fell from the sky on this beautiful summer day.
There he is!
Every time the whale made an appearance above the water, the crowd on the pier went wild with cheers of disbelief. I don't know when I've been part of such a collective mass of grateful people. We were stunned, in awe, and knew that we were witnessing something larger than life
(no pun intended).
Pure bewilderment.
 Here are a few brief video clips of today's fortuitous sighting.

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kellie | beautiful fireplace said...

I have never seen a whale in my entire life. I think seeing one would be a great experience. :)

Elizabeth in SLO said...

Yes, Kellie. It was amazing!!

The Beneficial Bee said...

Thanks for stopping by! Great whale pics!

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