Pas­sen­ger on boat pets cu­ri­ous gray whale

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

DANA POINT (AP) — A de­lighted pas­sen­ger on a whale-watch­ing cruise was able to pet a 35-foot gray whale that sur­faced near the boat off South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The cu­ri­ous whale ap­proached the boat Mon­day near Dana Point, the Orange County Reg­is­ter re­ported.

“Oh my gosh, that’s her face,” a pas­sen­ger ex­claimed on a video posted on­line by Cap­tain Dave’s Dol­phin and Whale Watch­ing Sa­fari.

The woman splashed her hand in the wa­ter, tapped the boat’s side and blew kisses to the gi­ant marine mam­mal.

Sud­denly the whale’s head popped out of the wa­ter and the woman reached out and pet it.

The up-close en­counter is rare in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where whales typ­i­cally keep a dis­tance from boats as they mi­grate be­tween Alaska and Mex­ico, the news­pa­per said.

Steve Burkhal­ter, a cap­tain with Dana Wharf Whale Watch­ing, was the first to spot the gray whale on Mon­day about a halfmile from shore.

“It was pretty awe­some,” Burkhal­ter told the Reg­is­ter.

“It was def­i­nitely the most friendly gray whale we’ve ever had.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

An uniden­ti­fied pas­sen­ger on a whale-watch­ing cruise pets a 35-foot gray whale that sur­faced near the boat off South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The cu­ri­ous whale ap­peared near the sur­face of the wa­ter Mon­day near Dana Point, the Orange County Reg­is­ter re­ported. Such en­coun­ters are rare, as whales usu­ally keep their dis­tance.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.