A Whale of a Time in Malibu
Our Private Tour Guests See Their First Whale
Despite the warm February weather we have been enjoying the skies have remained extremely clear – no inversions to hold the dust down and obscure visibility. This has been an incentive for our private Los Angeles tour guests to book a combination helicopter and ground tour for a grand sightseeing experience. Just the other day as we were skimming low over the Pacific Ocean near Malibu we sighted this gray whale near the surface. Our guests (from a land far, far away) had never seen a whale before. They were concerned that if the aircraft had to land in the sea would the whale eat us. We assured them that the gray whale is peaceful (when not hunted) and is a baleen whale – it sifts tiny crustaceans from the sea floor for its nutrients. The pods of grays are beginning to head north now from their Baja birthing waters of the winter. Gray whales are not the only large cetaceans we spot in the placid waters of the Santa Monica Bay protected by the string of Channel Islands along the southern California coast. There have been recent sightings of blue whales and …. orcas!