H-AVILA BEACH

Jun 7, 2013 2:47 AM by Victoria Johnson

Whales spotted at Port San Luis

As schools let out for the year and summer gets closer, we are reminded of a big show by Mother Nature last year. It brought huge crowds to Avila Beach.

"It's happenstance when the whales show up. It's part of the big circle of nature. See it. Respect it. That's the main thing," said Paul Schiro.

He has lived here for decades and says he has never seen anything like it before.
"The feeding frenzy created by the whole feeding of fish and bird...everything out there. The sharks, dolphins, seals, sea lions, pelicans, everything was feeding. It's all a part of the chain."

Whales were putting on a heck of a show for days last year in Port San Luis.

"You can see the barnacles on the whales. It's pretty amazing," said Schiro.

As word got out, this show brought quite the crowd to the water's edge.

"Huge crowd. It took us an hour to get from Shell to Avila one day,' said Schiro.

So far, there haven't been any mega shows like last August at Port San Luis, but there have been whale sightings and there is a lot of hope.

Jose Aguirre and his family drove from Tulare County to beat the heat and got quite a surprise at Port San Luis.

"I just saw a whale! It was nice. It's the first time I've ever seen it," said Aguirre.

The whale sightings of Shell and Pismo Beach have some locals wondering if we're in for a repeat performance.

"Seeing dolphins and things like this, it's a part of the mystery of the sea. I don't know if we'll ever see anything like last year. It's pretty phenomenal," said Schiro.

But even if only a few are spotted, it's still a thrill along the central coast.

Over the past few days, whales have been spotted off our coast as they make their northerly migration.

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