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Gray, Humpback Whales, Springtime Dolphins

Over the last week we have had some delightful whale watching trips! Last Sunday we found lots of gray whales over the outer Monterey Bay, and got great looks at a huge pod of dolphins that swam and played alongside the boat!

On Tuesday we hosted a group of high school students who brought us great luck – spotting humpback whales near Santa Cruz, and gray whales further out towards Monterey.

Saturday whale watching another lovely day – between storms we’ve had some beautiful conditions! Guests spotted several humpback whales, and one breached out of the water! We noted that the 2 gray whales we saw on this trip seemed to be heading south! Most likely these animals will be late for the breeding season in Mexico. Usually at this time of year in Monterey we are starting to see gray whales migrating northbound, returning to Alaska for the summer.

It’s also exciting to see migratory ocean birds visiting Monterey Bay – This trip a keen-eyed passenger spotted a Tufted Puffin!

Tufted Puffin Monterey Bay March 4 2017 Notice the red feet and the large plumes on the head. Photo: James Maughn

Tufted Puffin, Monterey Bay, March 4 2017
Notice the red feet and the large plumes on the head. Photo: James Maughn

Join Santa Cruz Whale Watching on Monterey Bay this weekend!

Saturday 3/11 at 10:00 AM and Sunday 3/12 at 11:00 AM.
For tickets call 831-427-0230 or visit us online www.santacruzwhalewatching.com

Spring Break Whale Watching Trips run daily April 1-16!

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Dolphins, Blues, Humpback Whales VIDEO

Here is some great video of lunge feeding. The bright pink baleen can be seen as the whale reaches the surface.

Monday, August 29
We started the trip accompanied by a pod of 100 common dolphins, bow riding and traveling along with us through Monterey Bay! Later we found about 10 humpback whales and one blue whale. Today they were diving deep for food! But we got to see flukes and close looks while they were at the surface.

Saturday & Sunday August 27/28
The last two days we’ve had awesome looks at blue whales! Blue whales are in Monterey Bay is large numbers this season, and they are friendly! They’ll swim close to the boat for great looks, and some have been seen lunge feeding!

Also we’ve had very active humpback whales – lunge feeding and showing wonderful surface behaviors. Today one humpback whale was doing a circus routine: a triple tail slap, 3 head throws, and then 3 breaches which it repeated and repeated.   Amazing!

We also had Risso’s dolphins further out in the bay.

Continue to see Blues and Humpback Whales

Tuesday 8/23/16 MORE HUMPBACK AND BLUE WHALES TODAY

Monday 8/22/16 3 BLUE WHALES WERE FEEDING AND COMING UP NEXT TO THE BOAT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR, THEY STAYED AT TE SURFACE LONGER THAN USUAL FOR SOME GREAT LOOKS! PLUS ~10 HUMPBACK WHALES.

Sunday 8/21/16 BLUE WHALES, HUMPBACK WHALES

Blue Whales Monterey Bay 2016. Photo: Travis Norton

“Every blue whale is here right now!”

Sightings Report Friday 8/5 – Thursday 8/11

Thursday
Oh, Wow! ~ 15 Blue whales and twice as many humpback whales all around us now! “I think every blue whale in the greater Monterey Bay Area is here right now!”

Wednesday
5 Blue whales
Many humpback whales ~ awesome day!

Saturday/Sunday
Both days we spent some lovely time with a mother humpback and her 20 ft calf, tandem diving near Pajaro.

Humpback whale breach! photo: Amanda Kreft

Humpback whale breach! photo: Amanda Kreft

Friday
7 Fin whales
Dahl’s porpoises
Breaching humpback whale close to Santa Cruz!

Fin Whale, August 5, 2016. Monterey Bay, CA Photo: Michael Nelson

Fin Whale, August 5, 2016. Monterey Bay, CA Photo: Michael Nelson

Breaching humpback whale, July 23, Monterey Bay.  Photo: Buss Marple

Monterey Bay has it all!

Wednesday, July 27:
1 Fin whale, and a very friendly humpback whales swam alongside the boat for a while

Tuesday, July 26:
3 charming blue whales
1 friendly Fin whale
4 humpback whales one of which did a lot of tail slapping behavior
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Whale Surface Behaviors (Image Copyright Rainforest Publications)

Saturday, July 23:
20+ humpback whales
3 blue whales
Dozen Risso’s dolphins
Dozen Bottlenose dolphins
5 white sharks

BlueWhale-5 Buss Marple 7-23-16

BlueWhale-5 Buss Marple 7-23-16

Friday, July 22:
2 breaching humpback whales ~100 yards from the boat.
Many whales surfaced close by, showing pec-slaps 20 yards from the boat! Very friendly whales today.
2 sharks off New Brighton Beach — 5 foot and 8 foot long — drifting nearby the boat.

White shark 7-22-16 Michael Nelson

White shark 7-22-16 Michael Nelson

Thursday, July 21:
On Legacy:
1 breaching humpback
White sharks
Several sea otters

On Velocity:
2 Blue whales
Risso’s dolphins
8 Humpback whales

Wednesday, July 20:
A colossal blue whale! ~90 feet long
Several humpback whales sprinkled around the bay
7 white sharks – one was at least 9 feet long!
Small pod of foraging common dolphins
Lots of mola-mola (sunfish) and jellies

Sunday, July 17:
5 blue whales
60 humpbacks near Soquel Hole
Almost every type of surface behavior!

Friday, July 15:
Endless humpback whales
2 Fin whales
4 blue whales
Pod of common dolphins

Wednesday, July 13:
8 humpback whales
12 Risso’s dolphins
20 bottlenose dolphins
Lots of white sharks at Aptos

Friday, July 8:
1 Orca (killer whale)
2 white sharks
5 humpback whales
200 common dolphins

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So many whales! Blues and Humpbacks

Sunday, July 17, 2016: 60 humpback whales and 5 blue whales out at Soquel Canyon, breaching, tail slaps, throws, every type of surface behavior!

Saturday, July 16: Beautiful whale watching day! At one point we could count 20 humpback whales feeding around our boat, Legacy, and 2 blue whales.

June 8 - Breaching Humpback Whales, Monterey Bay, CA photo: Michael Nelson

Fin whales, humpbacks, blues and Risso’s dolphins

Tues 6/21 30 Risso’s dolphins, 100 common dolphins, 2 lunge-feeding humpback whales — Just 3 miles out!

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6/16-20 FIN WHALES! + humpback whales, sharks at the cement ship

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Wed 6/15 Two humpback whales, tail throws (windy!)

Mon 6/13 The blue whales are back in the Santa Cruz side of the bay only 5 miles out from Natural Bridges

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BLUE WHALE

Sun 6/12 – 10 blue whales and this lovely Night Heron

Night Heron at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Night Heron at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Special Sighting – Fin Whales

June 1, 2016
Yesterday Fin Whales 2 by 2 cruised by the boat! That’s a rare sighting this close in. We’ve seen countless feeding blue whales and endless flirty humpbacks all week… We’ve been watching the blues just 3-4 miles out from Santa Cruz!

Fin Whales Santa Cruz Monterey Bay

Fin Whales 2 by 2 just a few miles out from Santa Cruz – photo Jenn Yuhas

We’ve noticed an unusual blue whale surface behavior: a sort of “charge” where they gain speed and blast across the water’s surface.
Join us this weekend to see the amazing wildlife of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!
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blue whale, santa cruz

20 Blue Whales Today

May 30, 2016: We continue to delight seeing BLUE WHALES in great numbers for several weeks now. Today we counted about 20 blue whales, diving/feeding. Also several humpback whales, breaches, plus sea lions, sun-fish, jellies.

May 30, 2016: We continue to delight seeing BLUE WHALES in great numbers for several weeks now. Today we counted about 20 blue whales, diving/feeding. Also several humpback whales, breaches, plus sea lions, sun-fish, jellies. (Video: Michael Nelson)