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Blue Whales In SB
updated: Feb 27, 2013, 8:39 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Blue whales close to shore! This morning on my commute we were treated to a pod of Blues only about 1/4 mile off of Refugio Beach. They were rolling(showing their fins) and fluking(showing their entire tail) What a great way to start the day.

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 COMMENT 379189P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 08:54 AM

Cool. To bad you were not able to get pics.

 

 COMMENT 379230 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 09:35 AM

You sure they were Blues? Grey whales are very common close to shore during their migration through here.... I've seen them play/feed in the kelp beds just offshore (Refugio, Ledbetter, Hendrys etc).

 

 COMMENT 379476 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 02:35 PM

OP Here-seeing their maneuvers made me think they were Blues-their flukes are pretty distinctive. Sorry no pics-I didnt have my telephoto handy.

 

 COMMENT 379795 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-28 09:29 AM

I don't think they would be blue wales because they rarely come into that shallow of water. Blues and fins do not like being close to land, they rome the worlds oceans. Most likely grays or humpbacks but both grays and humpback have very distinctive markings. Anyway, wish I could have seen it! :)

 

 COMMENT 380097P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-01 08:01 AM

Grey Whales should be commuting to Alaska, just about now. I was also told that when you see a Fluke the whale is about to dive deep and stay under for a long time. I can't imagine seeing a Fluke in Shallow water.

 

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