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Beautiful day up close with humpback whales: VIDEO

Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Mama and baby humpback playing with us today! Calf was breaching and pec slapping. Humpback whales are scattered, feeding throughout the Bay.

Monday, Sept. 26– We found whales! 7-8 humpback whales and ~100 sea lions center of Monterey Bay.

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

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Amazing encounters with orca and humpback whales

Wednesday June 8 – Today we came across a frisky humpback who put on a show: breaching, chin slaps, tail slaps and feeding for over an hour. A great day on Monterey Bay! #WorldOceansDay

Monday, June 6 – Amazing encounters with orca and humpback whales!
We came across 8 playful and friendly orcas who came right up to the boat. It seemed the older animals were training infant orcas to leap and lunge. The humpbacks were sleepy but showed some tail slapping/ curled fluke slapping,  too.

Gray Whale spy hop. Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching. Photo: Michael Nelson

Migrating Gray Whales Put on a Show

Tuesday, March 17: For St Patrick’s Day we had really exciting showings from five gray whales migrating across Monterey Bay. We were able to observe a group of three gray whales for 45 minutes up the coast. The whales were exhibiting lots of behaviors we don’t always get to see from grays: chin slapping, spy-hops, a great show from gray whales. Then we saw two more gray whales breaching out of the water about 3 miles off the Santa Cruz coastline. We also had a super fun pod of long beaked common dolphins riding alongside the boat!

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Long beaked common dolphins. Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching. Photo: Michael Nelson

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Twice every year over 20,000 gray whales pass through Monterey Bay waters off of Santa Cruz. The first time occurs from December through mid February when they are migrating south from the cold arctic waters of the Bering Sea to their winter calving grounds off of the Baja Peninsula. Then north again to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea of Alaska. Northbound whales are usually traveling across Monterey Bay from mid February through April.

This 10,000+ mile round-trip is one of the longest migrations of any animal known. Peak northbound migration is around mid March. The gray whale can reach 45′ long. Females are usually larger than males. During their migration they are constantly traveling at 2-4 miles per hour. This can make for ideal viewing. Gray whales will sound (dive) for 2-5 minutes, sometimes longer. Their northern migration tends to be more social and leisurely. At times they can be spotted mating, breaching and “spy-hopping”.

Join us for year-round marine wildlife adventure! Next whale watching trips are Friday, March 20 at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 21 at 12:00 PM and Sunday the 22nd at 10:00 AM. Spring Break Trips on offer, too! Whale watching trips run Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week.

See the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with Santa Cruz Whale Watching!

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Commitment to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Our main tour boat Velocity is now powered by brand new engines that meet the latest EPA standards in clean burning, fuel saving marine motors. These engines are quiet, no gassy smell, and fast!SC-WHALE-home

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Amazing! Breaching humpback and gray whales

Friday, March 13: Breaching humpback whales! Friday we saw ten humpback whales displaying epic surface behaviors – breaching, tail throwing, and pec-slapping right next to the boat. The action took place near Soquel Canyon  on the Santa Cruz side of Monterey Bay. Pleasant ocean conditions!
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Photo: Michael Nelson

Saturday, March 14: Whale watchers amazed by 45 minutes of breaches from a single humpback whale, followed by a pair of humpbacks feeding and diving. We also saw a pair of gray whales apparently mating, and a single “wheelie-popping” gray whale also breached!

Typical whale surface behaviors. http://www.wildlife-viewing-photography-tours.com/whale-watching.htm

Typical whale surface behaviors.

Click here to see more about whales and whale behavior.

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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.

Saturday and Sunday 2/14-15: More gray whales, 6-10 humpback whales, and hundreds of common dolphins!

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.

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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.

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Humpback and gray whales just 2 miles out

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.

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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.

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Whale Watching Trip on Sea Stag Six, heading out from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

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Gray whale migration Alaska to Baja, Mexico

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.

Gray whale, Santa Cruz Whale Watching, Monterey Bay. Photo: Teddy Daligga

Gray whale, Santa Cruz Whale Watching, Monterey Bay. Photo: Teddy Daligga

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

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Tickets are available on Velocity for trips February 13th and beyond. CLICK HERE FOR WHALE WATCHING TICKETS