Whale Watching at Newport

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. . .

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. . . 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.

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This looked like a restaurant we would like to eat at … well, maybe next time.
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We spent some time watching the ferry go back and forth as we waited for our tour to begin.
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Here was our boat – and what a name it had:   “AGGRESSOR”
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We began our trip with high hopes in spite of the rather cloudy day.  Here are some scenes as we headed out to sea.
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These fishermen fishing were the last signs of humanity – we were really truly out on the ocean now.
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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.
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 waledsc_6752Some people just weren’t quite as excited about the dolphins as we were.

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 …..

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