|A humpback whale swimming near San Simeon Pier.|
Regardless of the number of times I snap photos of these gargantuan mammals, the sight of them gracefully frolicking along California's Central Coast never loses its magic.
Last Wednesday I was in the right place at the right time. While standing on San Simeon Pier, three whales followed bait balls of fish around the cove. The trio included a mother and calf, who thrilled visitors from all over the world by lunging up out of the water together in perfect unison.
Over the Labor Day weekend, I got wind that at least ten whales were feeding in Pismo Beach. What a sight. With so many whales spouting and lunging in so many places just past the pier, it was difficult to know where to point my camera. Just as I was about to leave, one of the giant beauties put on a grand lobtailing show. The whale dove down—leaving its tail in mid-air—smashing its flukes into the water over and over again.
Following are a few videos of this past week's whale sightings. Enjoy SLO County's humpback euphoria.