Observation Post #7
Scientific Survey Site
Northbound gray whales pass here from February through May. Observation
This is the survey site called "Gray
an independent nonprofit corporation for research and education.
"Counter Point" is a good nickname because more than 80 volunteers help survey and count the northbound
whales here. Here they see whales that use use the migration corridor in
the nearshore of the Santa Barbara Channel. These
whales choose to go along the coast (which is the long
but with some advantages). See map of survey site. Which Channel Island is closest to Coal Oil Point, also called "Counter Point"?
Photo: Michael H. Smith
This image shows the heart-shaped blow of the gray whale.