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Tripping the Light Pelagic: Notes from a $17 Whale Watching Tour

Tripping the Light Pelagic: Notes from a $17 Whale Watching Tour

A few weeks back Lina had the creative idea that we should all take a whale watching tour. I leapt at the opportunity – though Lina and Naomi work together and are necessarily thick as thieves, I was jonesing to join in on a bit of Memory Lane action.

Pay a Jackson, see a Shamu (we hoped). This photo shows off the whale nails I made. We'll always have the FingerWhales.
Pay a Jackson, see a Shamu (we hoped). This photo shows off the whale nails I made. We’ll always have the FingerWhales.
The marina
The marina

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I was sheepishly surprised when she suggested the activity. I’d made a big to-do of seeking cetaceans on my recent trip to Hawaii. I dragged my boyfriend to supposed humpback lookout points and attempted to spot the famed leaping spinner dolphins while snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay. Neither plan yielded a sighting. Deepak and I traveled 2,500 miles in search of telltale tails.

At Kealekekua Bay on the Big Island. I was led to believe that we would see  pods of spinner dolphins leaping high above our heads, forming a gleeful counterpoint to the grim "This is where Captain Cook was slaughtered by natives!" monument.
At Kealekekua Bay on the Big Island. I was led to believe that we would see pods of spinner dolphins leaping high above our heads, forming a gleeful counterpoint to the grim “This is where Captain Cook was slaughtered by natives!” monument.
This is a man prepping to see some dorsal fin.
This is a man prepping to see some dorsal fin.
Preparing for a sighting ...
Preparing for a sighting …
Where are you, dolphins?! To quote Justin Timberlake: "I turn my head to the east; I don't see nobody by my side. I turn my head to the west, still nobody in sight."
Where are you, dolphins?! To quote Justin Timberlake: “I turn my head to the east; I don’t see nobody by my side. I turn my head to the west, still nobody in sight.”

Who knew we could have just bought a $17 Amazon Local deal, driven a couple miles to the marina, and tripped the light pelagic for ourselves on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Back in L.A. Whale watching ... from the comfort of our own homes, practically!
Back in L.A. Whale watching … from the comfort of our own homes, practically!

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Chilly, chilly is the evening time
Chilly, chilly is the evening time
The sunset, less than 2 miles away from home. Who needs Hawaii?
The sunset, less than 2 miles away from home. Who needs Hawaii?


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