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Lunge feeding humpbacks fill Monterey Bay

Update July 20: This morning reports coming in of lunge feeding humpbacks at Seacliff State Beach. Join us this afternoon – Trip added at 4:00 PM today!

July 17-19, 2014: Thursday and Friday we had incredible amounts of lunge feeding humpback whales in Monterey Bay! We began to spot whale spouts out at the mouth of the submarine canyon. We saw very dramatic lunge feeding, spy-hopping, tail throws and pec slaps! Many whale behaviors were on display, mixed in with the odd breach here and there.

Photo: TANIS GOMEZ October, 2011 Humpback whales feeding in Monterey Bay

Photo: TANIS GOMEZ
October, 2011
Humpback whales feeding in Monterey Bay

Saturday there were more humpback whales over the canyon – over 20 whales were spotted! They were breaching high out of the water, One humpback whale “chin-slapped” for quite a while. A mother and calf did quite a few “drive-bys.” They seem to be curious about the boat and all the interested passengers.

All three days “Wilbur’” our resident humpback whale welcomed us back to Santa Cruz a quarter-mile off the beach and gave us close-up looks all three days. Wilbur is a little guy who has been feeding off Santa Cruz for almost two months now.

More about this season whale watching in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary:  Whale Show Returns to the Bay

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Tuesday Blue whales in Monterey Bay

Tuesday Blue whales in Monterey Bay! The Blue Whale is the largest animal to ever inhabit the earth including the dinosaurs. Their distinctive high spout can reach over 25′ and be spotted many miles away. Blue whales can usually be found in the Monterey Bay in the summer when they feed on krill (small shrimp like crustaceans).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014: 3 BLUE WHALES! Yesterday whale watching we saw 3 blue whales out in Monterey Bay: a blue whale mother with her calf, which is fairly rare to see! …and one big blue whale. TICKETS

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Blue whale feeding in Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Whale Watching. July 1, 2014 Photo: Michael Nelson

We saw 12 humpback whales in middle of Monterey Bay, plus sea lions and a sweet visit with sea otters at the kelp beds.IMG_5425

Monday, June 30, 2014: Three Humpback whales just one mile off of Santa Cruz; More out in the middle of the Bay! The whales were breaching, feeding, good action! Two big whale breaches from a whale on the way back in to Santa Cruz Harbor. Also saw Risso’s dolphins.

About the trip:  Whale Watching on Monterey Bay
This 3-4 hour Monterey whale watching trip focuses on the Humpback Whale. The local herd comes to Monterey Bay and the central coast for seasonal feeding. They feed on anchovies, sardines, and krill (shrimp like crustaceans). There is also an increased change of spotting Blue whales in Summer and Fall.
$46.95 Adults
$32.95 Children under 14
Buy tickets online at Zerve

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View from the bow aboard Velocity, Santa Cruz, CA. Photo: Ken Stagnaro

Lots of humpbacks in middle of Monterey Bay!

Lots of humpbacks in middle of Monterey Bay! On the Tuesday whale watching trip we saw 25 whales with a couple of tail throws and close drive bys! Recent trips we have seen one whale in particular that’s been feeding on anchovies in the north Bay waters, off our home harbor of Santa Cruz.

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Join us whale watching on Monterey Bay! Our next outing is tomorrow, June 26, departing from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor at 11:00 AM. Tickets: $46.95 for adults and $32.95 for kids age 4-13. infants to 3 years old ride free!

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About the Spring and Summer trip: Santa Cruz Whale Watching offers a 3-4 hour Monterey whale watching trip focusing on the Humpback Whale. The local herd comes to Monterey Bay and the central coast for seasonal feeding, usually arriving mid-April and remaining through November, or as long as their food source is present. They feed on anchovies, sardines, and krill (shrimp like crustaceans). There is also an increased change of spotting Blue whales in Summer and Fall.

Humpback whale fluke and California Sea Lions feasting, Monterey Bay, November 2013. Photo: Jim Holtan

Humpback whale fluke and California Sea Lions feasting, Monterey Bay, November 2013. Photo: Jim Holtan

 

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Lunge feeding humpback whales, May, 2014, Monterey Bay. (photo: Michael Nelson)

 

Friendly humpback whales near Santa Cruz Monterey Bay

Sunday, June 22, 2014: Today we enjoyed the sights of many humpback whales near Santa Cruz on Monterey Bay. One of the whales approached us and swam right underneath the boat!

Humpback whale "drive by" photo: Ken Stagnaro

Humpback whale “drive by” photo: Ken Stagnaro

Our next whale watching trip is Tuesday, June 24, departing at 11:00 AM. All trips depart out of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Our ticket office/check-in is conveniently located at 2896 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz, just off Highway 1. Advance tickets are available online, at TICKETS.

 

Photo: TANIS GOMEZ
October, 2011
Humpback whales feeding in Monterey Bay

Whale watching humpbacks in Monterey Bay

Sunday, June 22, 2014: Whale watching on Monterey Bay – Friday and Saturday both whale watching trips saw about 15 humpback whales over the submarine canyon. Its feeding time in Monterey Bay!

Humpback whales come to feed in the waters off of Santa Cruz, Moss Landing and Monterey each year from spring through fall. Join us for amazing whale watching, also dolphins, blue whales, birds, and amazing marine life.

Orcas and humpback whales at Monterey Canyon

Saturday, June 14, 2014: Today we got to see KILLER WHALES and nine humpback whales over the Monterey Canyon. And on our way home, close to Santa Cruz we came across three more humpbacks; one breached numerous times from a fair distance!

Humpback whale breach, Monterey Bay whale watching archive photo

Humpback whale breach, Monterey Bay whale watching; archive photo

Whale watching Monterey Bay trips depart out of Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Next trips are Sunday, June 16 at 12:00 PM and Monday, June 16 at 10:00 AM. Join us whale watching on Monterey Bay!

Whale watching Monterey. Photo: Monica Reynolds

Humpback whales near cement ship, Gray whales at Pleasure Point

Friday, June 13, 2014 Whale watching Monterey Bay: Yesterday we saw a bunch of humpback whales down in front of Moss Landing. The humpbacks got quite friendly, tail throwing for a while!

We got a good look at a couple of sunfish (Mola-Mola) then found another humpback whale near the Cement Ship, Aptos.

While wending our way over to the kelp beds to see otters, we saw a mother and calf gray whale right off of Pleasure Point!

We are launching our summer schedule, offering regular weekday trips June, July and August. The Monterey Bay is alive with whales, dolphins, sea lions, otters and more! Beautiful birds and views of the Santa Cruz/Monterey coastline are unbeatable.

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Whale Watching Monterey sightnings report

Wednesday, June 11, 2014: Whale Watching Monterey today, we found 30+ humpback whales out by Moss Landing, in central Monterey Bay. The whales were breaching, and pex slapping, very active. Whale watchers were entertained for a long time. We ventured further out and saw about 12 Risso’s dolphins and a 150-LB Mola Mola (Sunfish).

Tuesday, June 10, 2014: Plenty of humpback whales feeding on the Santa Cruz side of Monterey Bay. We counted 15-20 humpback whales, and further out found a big pod of Risso’s dolphins. The dolphins were “porpoising” and the views were spectacular as the sun broke through the fog on the bay.

"Porpoising" Risso's dolphins

“Porpoising” Risso’s dolphins

Join us this week – Bring your dad for Father’s Day or your graduate for a special treat! Next Monterey Bay whale watching trips are:
Friday June 13 at 12:00 PM
Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 14 at 12:00 PM
Fully narrated, 3-4 hour trips depart out of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.
$46.95 adults, $32.95 kids age 4-13. To purchase tickets call 831-205-2380 or buy online click HERE.

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photo: Michael Nelson

Monterey Bay alive with humpback whales

Sunday, June 8, 2014: Sunday we saw 12 humpbacks on our whale watching trip out of Santa Cruz. The whales were breaching, tail lobbing and doing “drive bys,” that is swimming alongside the boat, to the delight of passengers on board Velocity.

Friday and Saturday trips were the same — we spotted at least 15-20 humpback whales in Monterey Bay enjoying the summer feeding season. the whales are very active, showing many surface behaviors: tail throws, fluking up, and one on Friday doing a full body breach!

Saturday, a special sighting of a Mola Mola, or Sunfish, one of the more unusual-looking inhabitants of Monterey Bay.

Mola Mola, June 7, 2014 Santa Cruz Monterey Whale Watching Photo: MIchael Nelson

Mola Mola, June 7, 2014 Santa Cruz Monterey Whale Watching
Photo: MIchael Nelson

Last week Wednesday we had a final count of about 400 Risso’s dolphins moving through the bay, even swimming right next to the boat and riding the bow!

Risso's dolphins, Santa Cruz Whale Watching Photo: Michael Nelson

Risso’s dolphins, Santa Cruz Whale Watching
Photo: Michael Nelson

Humpback whale watching trips depart out of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor to explore Monterey Bay. We offer easy check-in and parking right next to the boat dock. Whales, dolphins, sea lions and seals, otters and jellies are abundant in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. All whale watching trips are fully narrated by our knowledgeable staff Naturalists. Snack bar, indoor and outdoor seating , and restroom on board. Tickets are available online or by calling our Santa Cruz ticket office at 831-427-0230.

Next trips are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring along Dad for Father’s Day this Sunday!

30 Humpback whales, 200 Dolphins – Whale Watching Monterey

Today whale watching our crew counted 30 humpback whales in the Moss Landing/north Monterey Bay area, a few miles out from Santa Cruz. Every behavior: Breaching, tail throws and pec slaps, beautiful dives to show us their flukes. It’s feeding season! and a pod of Risso’s dolphins stretched over a mile – about 200 dolphins! Come see the whales!

Join us this weekend!