In honor of my friend Cybele’s birthday (which I forgot AGAIN until she reminded me on the way back home), I accompanied her down to Redondo Beach and ventured forth for a three-hour whale watching tour that was spectacular. We tailed a lone Pacific gray and were rewarded with multiple surfacings, then wandered around an aloof group of Risso’s dolphins before heading in, and finding much to our surprise three — perhaps four — more grays going the other way. Extraordinary!

Here’s a sampling of thumbnails. There’s a set of larger-sized images from the outing that can be found here.

Whale Watching Risso's Dolphin Sea Lions