Saturday, September 10:
There are several groups of humpback whales feeding just offshore from the Santa Cruz Harbor, but the highlight today were orcas! The orca put on a good show for our morning whale watching trip.
Humpback whales are still here in Monterey Bay feeding closer to shore, as well as over the canyon. Conditions are lending themselves for surface feeding! We’ve seen a good amount of lunge feeding from some pretty big whales. They’re at their heaviest for the season. Dolphin sightings have included Risso’s and Long-beaked Common dolphins, as well as several harbor porpoise. There are still jellies around, and we’ve seen a few mola molas too.
9/7 Wednesday – Humpbacks lunge feeding – nice close looks. To start the trip we were joined by a large pod of Risso’s Dolphins alongside theboat
9/5 Monday – Labor Day – 10 humpback whales lunge feeding, and Orcas!
9/4 Sun – Orcas swimming, bow riding under the boat!
**National Geographic Humpback Whale Gallery**
This week, many populations of humpback whale have been removed from the endangered species list, which is wonderful news! Our Monterey “Pacific Coast” population remains threatened, however. Enjoy this wonderful photo gallery of our beloved humpback whale!
If these images are not enough, check out the gorgeous photography show at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, located just a few blocks from the Harbor!
California: At the Water’s Edge
Nature and underwater photography exhibit runs until Nov. 13.
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Website: http://www.santacruzmuseum.org/exhibits/upcoming-exhibits/ or call 831-420-6115