Tuesday Whale Watching Trip on Monterey Bay: Yesterday 2/24 we were thrilled to see a humpback whale breach, a huge pod of common dolphins, sea lions, birds galore, and otters!
Friday, February 20: We saw 8 humpback whales, a few came close to the boat! and 1000 common dolphins, bow riding alongside Velocity.
Saturday, February 21: More humpback whales and a few graysw passing through. We caught sight of about 100 common dolphins out in the Monterey Bay on Saturday.
Sunday, February 22: Sunday whale watching trip – We saw 6-7 humpback whales together with gray whales! The grays and humpbacks were traveling and feeding together, following giant bait balls of anchovies. Joining in the active feeding were sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, gulls. It was quite a party about 6 miles out from Santa Cruz, just north of the Soquel Hole.
Our dolphin sightings were up again on Sunday; we saw at least 1000 common dolphin enjoying life in the Bay!
Sightings Report for February 18, 2015:
On Wednesday’s whale watching trip we had a breacher! Several humpback whales who are “wintering” here in Monterey Bay showed us some amazing action, surface behaviors fairly near to the boat. We also saw gray whales.
Tickets available for whale watching this weekend – Saturday at 12pm and Sunday at 11am. Call 831-427-0230.
Whale and Dolphin Sightings Report
Friday 2/13: We saw 4 gray whales, 1000 common dolphins on our outer Monterey Bay Whale Watching trip. Also got great looks at sea lions and otters in the kelp.
Monday and Tuesday 2/16-17: Both days we saw 12-15 humpback whales. We watched surface feeding and diving/tail fluking. There were hundreds of common dolphins on Monday, though we saw only about 20 dolphins on our Tuesday outing.
Join us for year-round marine wildlife adventure! Next whale watching trips are Saturday, February 21st at 12:00 pm, and Sunday the 22nd at 11:00 am. See the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with Santa Cruz Whale Watching!
Welcome back Velocity! Our main tour boat is now powered by new engines that meet the latest EPA standards in clean burning, fuel saving marine motors. Look for Velocity in Dock F at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.
Sightings Report -Tuesday, February 10, 2015: a beautiful day on board Sea Stag Six for whale watching on Monterey Bay. We spent time watching a pair of humpback whales close to Santa Cruz, tail fluking and surface feeding, along with a pod of dolphin. The whales and dolphins were both feeding on small fish – we could see the feeder fish at the surface! Migrating gray whales could be seen from afar, passing through Monterey Bay.
Welcome back Velocity! Our main tour boat is now powered by new engines that meet the latest EPA standards in clean burning, fuel saving marine motors. Monterey whale watching trips resume Friday, February 13 and continue daily through President’s Day. Get your tickets to see whales, dolphins, sea lions, otters, birds and more on the beautiful Monterey Bay. All trips leave out of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.
1/24/15 Great trip whale watching on our six-pack boat “Sea Stag Six” this weekend. With sunny winter conditions, it was fun day finding whales in Monterey Bay!
We saw 4 humpback whales and 6 gray whales, with lots of tail flukes from both, and a couple of close drive-bys from a humpback whale. We saw whales from just two miles out from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and out to the Monterey Canyon ten miles out!
For the next few weeks, our large public tour boat Velocity is in the shipyard undergoing a complete re-powering. She will soon be powered by engines that meet the latest EPA standards in clean burning, fuel saving marine motors.
We’re taking reservations for whale watching on board Velocity February 13 and beyond.
Check out whale watching Monterey on the Sea Stag! Our six-pack vessel Sea Stag Six is available for private charter Monterey whale watching. Call our ticket office in Santa Cruz or see our full schedule/purchase tickets online.
Gray whale season is in full swing on Monterey Bay! Each year more than 20,000 gray whales pass through Monterey Bay waters during their annual migration between Alaska and Baja, Mexico. Keep an eye out as gray whales can often be seen from shore! This winter we have a small population of humpback whales who are either staying late or arriving early. Dolphins, sea lions, otters and birds make whale watching an amazing wildlife tour.
Notice: From January 5th thru February 5th our main vessel Velocity will be in the shipyard undergoing a complete re-powering. She will soon be powered by engines that meet the latest EPA standards in clean burning, fuel saving marine motors.
Meanwhile we will have our smaller 6-pack charter vessel Sea Stag Six available for whale watching trips in January. The Sea Stag offers small-group and private charters to see the gray whale migration. Our on-board naturalist and captain take you to the best wildlife viewing locations! SEA STAG TRIPS AND TICKETS
Tickets are available on Velocity for trips February 13th and beyond. CLICK HERE FOR WHALE WATCHING TICKETS
January 1, 2015 New Year’s Day. The wind is down and the sun is up, a great day for whale watching! Today we saw COMMON DOLPHINS, a GRAY WHALE MOTHER AND CALF, and TEN HUMPBACK WHALES, breaching and one that breached multiple times near the boat.
The highlight of this whale watching trip were the gray whales. Our naturalist Megan said that the baby gray whale was tiny, just a newborn! It’s unusual to see this early in the season, and what a sight for our crew and guests!
Happy New Year! Even in late December the humpback whales are still populous in Monterey Bay. Whales are feeding on krill and anchovies out near Moss Landing and over the deep waters at the Monterey Canyon. We’ve been spotting multiple humpback whales each trip!
Migration: We are also now seeing gray whales heading south to their winter breeding & calving grounds in Baja California. Over 10,000 gray whales will pass through our waters this winter as they make the trek south to Baja then back north again in early spring.
For now in Monterey Bay we continue to enjoy the antics of the lingering – and hungry – humpback whales.
Friday, December 26: We saw about 6 humpback whales and also several gray whales on their southbound migration between Alaska and Baja California.
Saturday, December 27: A terrific lunge feeding event in the middle of Monterey Bay. We counted about 30 humpback whales, with a fair amount of close “drive-bys” for amazing looks at the animals.
Tuesday, December 30: A windy day out there, but wonderful sights of the humpback whales lunge feeding. The animals were feeding particularly close by the boat, giving passengers the opportunity to see lunge feeding from the perfect angles, great views of the whale “tongue” and baleen filters.
Saturday, December 20, 2014: Whale Watching on Velocity we saw 15 humpback whales! The whales were breaching, pec slapping, tail throws… Amazing activity!
Sunday, December 21, 2014: We saw 6 humpback whales and around 200 common dolphins! Clear water allowed to see them under the boat as they rode alongside. Then at the end of the trip a small humpback breached by the boat countless times!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014: A variety of species today! We saw 4 gray whales and 9 humpback whales. The sun was shining for us today on the 3rd day of winter!
Join us on the beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – Fully narrated 3-4 hour whale watching trips depart out of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor aboard our 60 foot passenger yacht “Velocity.”