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Island Packers: Whale-Awesome Adventures

The season for Pacific Grays hasn't bid us farewell quite yet.

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    Island Packers: Whale-Awesome Adventures
    Doug Magnum
    The season for Pacific Grays hasn't bid us farewell quite yet. See them, via an Island Packers Cruise, through the middle of April (fingers and flukes crossed).

    EVERY SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN... has had that moment, that pause, if you will, that involves this particular question: Am I posting a bit too much about this one passion of mine? The truth is, if it is your passion, and you want to share it with your pals, co-workers, former school buds, and everyone else in your sphere, well, go for it.

    THERE ARE, OF COURSE, THOSE TIMES... when a user of social media never need pause or fret if they're overdoing it on a single topic. Let's put "animals" at the top of the list, because time has shown that someone can easily, and joyfully, scroll through 687 puppy photos in a row. Same goes for a certain beastie who calls the ocean home. Hint: She has a blowhole, and a fluke, and she travels many, many miles during her migration, and when she pops up on a human's social media feed, she spreads a bit of happiness, and awareness, to all who scroll by her photograph. We speak of whales, yes, and the Pacific Grays, specifically. They're still in the thick of their winter migration season, through the middle of April, and, if landlubbers act quickly, they can go see the spectacular sight.

    ISLAND PACKERS, the official concessionaire of Channel Islands National Park, has reported that "...the sightings have been excellent this year," and trips out into the Santa Barbara Channel, to find the glorious Grays, are happening daily. Dolphins, too, are frequently seen, and there are "(o)ver 28 species of whales and dolphins" that have been spied from the Island Packers boats. You'll want to wend your way to Ventura, or Oxnard, depending on what outing you book, to catch your ride out into the channel. And might you see other aquatic wildlife while on the waves? Absolutely. And even if you take 90 photos, and want to upload them all to your various feeds, well... fantabulous. You should. Whales bring wonder, joy, and lots of other glad tidings, to those who scroll by their images. Just be sure to lower your camera, now and then, to enjoy any whale sightings as they're happening.