My wife and her sister went on a whale watching excursion in San Diego several years ago. This year she decided to try a new area to go to. So she picked Long Beach to visit. We found Harbor Breeze tours and decided to book with them. We chose the 12 noon trip. They have a 9 am and 3 pm tour also available. They provide snacks and drinks for your convenience and bathrooms are also on board. With around 80* and the sun shining we opted for our light jackets. One of their FAQ's states you should layer for comfort. Boy were they right! It was fine till we went past the break wall. We soon had our hoods on and she was wearing gloves. I was manning the camera so I couldn't handle it with gloves on. So it's not to much to include an extra jacket or two. As we headed out "Capt. Carl" pointed out different marine life. We also had a marine expert from the local aquarium on board. We saw the usual bottle nose dolphins and an occasional California seal and some sea lions were hanging around one of the buoys. As we went further out Capt. Carl received a call from another boat who spotted a grey whale and we went to investigate. He was able to spot the spout of water and came up closer. He shut off the engines and drifted towards the whale. What we saw next made the whole trip worthwhile. We spotted what they considered a juvenile grey whale playing around with two dolphins.He was rolling around while the dolphins were jumping over and around him. Soon several other dolphins and seals and sea lions were all putting on a great show for us. The whale came up to the port side of the boat and showed us its belly. he then went under the boat and gave the starboard side folks a close up show as well. After what seemed like 45 minutes of the group frolicking around us other boats arrived on scene. Capt. Carl decided it was getting too crowded and he made the decision to head back home. I don't think it could have gotten any better. What an experience for us. He said this was one of the best outings he has ever had. I'm just so glad we were there for the event.
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