I was going to take a picture of a sea lion waiting to eat the salmon off our line and our guide gave me a dirty look and said, "why would you waste your time?" Those things are adapting to the fishing boats and causing a lot of headaches to salmon fisherman.
I saw a pod cruised by Dana Point about a year and half ago just off shore. Saw those big dorsal fins from a distance.
Yesterday a small gray whale was in the marina and caused quite a commotion. I walk down there around lunchtime most days, but it barely breached, so even though I was pretty close, there wasn't much to see. They chased it around and around the circuit until it finally left.
Its amazing how they have made a comeback. When I was a kid, you would rarely see a gray whale and that was it. Today, there are like 9 different species off the local coast and you can depend on seeing at least one of them most of the time.