Blue whales are the largest mammals on earth growing up to one hundred feet long. Rarely do they come close to shore in California, but because of the cold water and a explosion of krill close to shore a pod of thirty or so of these massive leviathans showed up a couple miles off of Hermosa Beach to enjoy the feast!! I called my good friend Robert and asked him if he wanted to go see the blue whales. He just happened to own a dazzling fifty foot Italian pleasure yacht and we were off to see the whales.
My kids complained the entire ride to the Marina as their idea of fun didn't include whale watching. But what an amazing day they and everyone had. Not only did we get up close to these freight train like monsters but we spent the entire day diving and kayaking off the boat. What a pleasure!! I was amazed at the clarity of the water and amount of sea life. My kids wanted to know when we could do it again.
Where are the whale shots, you probably want to know. I was too busy shouting and pointing and laughing to shoot my camera.
The Journal is a monthly celluloid sketchbook of everyday moments experienced by photographer Bruce Hulse.