Pod of six migrating gray whales breaching off Newport Beach makes for amazing drone video

Stu News Newport received some amazing drone footage captured Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 22, off the coast of Newport Beach by Newport Coastal Adventure.

Onboard Naturalist and photographer Kristin Campbell said, “We had an awesome experience on our whale watching boats (today) as six southbound migrating gray whales appeared about five miles off the coast of Newport Harbor.

“We noticed some of the whales rolling around, touching bellies, which might be a sign of possible courtship, and one whale proceeded to breach up to seven times right in front of us. You can even see beautiful rainbows reflecting from their spouts – we call them rainblows!”

Courtesy of Newport Coastal Adventure

According to Newport Coastal Adventure, “southbound traveling gray whales seen with this many individuals together is not uncommon during this point in their migration. As many as 22,000 individual gray whales are now making this annual migration down to the warm lagoons in Baja Mexico for breeding and calving purposes.

“Sometimes, just because they are all heading in the same direction at this time in the year, they will travel together like this group of six whales. 

“Occasionally when we see large groups of gray whales all headed down the coast together, we’ll see courting behaviors by the males to the females in the group that includes rolling whales, belly to belly contact, etc.

“The gray whale migration can usually be viewed in Southern California from late November into April.

“Gray whales have the longest migration of any mammal, traveling 12,000 miles round trip from their feeding grounds in the Arctic to their calving grounds in Baja Mexico. To witness them behaving in this way is both wondrous and incredible.” 

Newport Landing Whale Watching, Davey’s Locker Whale Watching and Newport Coastal Adventure run trips every day of the week, all year long, with multiple departure times during the day running from Newport Harbor.

To book Whale Watching Cruises, direct interest to Newport Landing Whale Watching at 949.675.0551 or check them out @newportcoastaladventure.