July 9, 2016 – We arrived early at Newport for the Whale Watching experience. Parking was an adventure, as this was the first parking lot we ever saw that literally stacked the cars double-high. This view is from inside our car as we entered the parking deck. From there, the car attendants took over. . .
. . . and we walked down the street to buy our $20 tickets for the boat ride, rent binoculars, etc.
There are a lot of fun things to do and buy at Newport Landing / Balboa Island. And lots of boats, both private and commercial.
We saw lots of dolphins!! For those who may not know (I didn’t know either), the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise is subtle. The porpoise’s fin is triangular, while the dolphin’s fin is more curved, as you can see below. They also have different teeth, but never mind — we didn’t get close enough to examine their teeth.
Below is a short video …. the dolphins do their jumping near the beginning, after which you’re just watching waves.
Don’t get seasick! I did … right after creating this film.
Oh … and have you noticed? Not a single whale was seen. Oh well …..