WHALE SURFACES NEXT TO KAYAKERS AT PORT SAN LUIS
By now you’ve probably seen the photo of the whale at Avila Beach, which appeared in the Tribune Tuesday. In fact, people across the world have seen that photo, taken by Bill Bouton, a retired teacher, which has appeared in newspapers across the country.
And now there’s video of the whales. The video above, taken by a kayaker, appeared on CBS News. But the screaming kayaker wasn’t the only one shooting video of the shallow whales. This guy took video on his iPhone — from the safe distance of the Port San Luis pier.
I’ll never forget seeing a pod of whales repeatedly breaching and crashing into the water in the distance at Cayucos Pier. Then, of course, many will remember the baby whale that hung out at the Morro Bay harbor for a few days.
Whales are generally friendly — as the kayakers in the above video learned — but they can be accidentally dangerous. In 2003, Jerry Tibbs of Bakersfield was killed when a whale breached on his fishing boat at the south end of Montana de Oro.
Nonetheless, seeing these breathtaking creatures is always a thrill.
But, of course, there are other fish in the sea, so to speak. Check out this video someone took of orcas at Avila.
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