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Here’s what happened today, May 6th 2012
Took my neighbors out for a early morning paddle to check out our local sea otters when we encountered 2 mama gray whales and their babies resting in the kelp beds off of West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.
Our first encounter really caught us off guard as a baby whale surface 25 feet from our boat. We had just been enjoying activity off of seal rock when a baby whale popped up without any warning. Very incredible!
We quickly backed up, tapping our boat letting the youngster know our location.
As we were heading back towards Cowels Cove, two more gray whales suddenly appeared without any warning as seen in this video. They seemed to be resting in the kelp beds and clearly spyhopped to check us out.
Whales are known to raise their heads out of the water to take a look around, a behavior referred to as spyhopping. They may have been intrigued by not only us, but the surfers who were just beyond the whales.
What an amazing day and its not even noon!