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Springtime otters, breaching humpbacks, migrating gray whales

Spring is here bringing a lively mix of sunny days, cleansing rain, and a wonderful variety of marine wildlife to see with Santa Cruz Whale Watching! Several species of whales & dolphins, sea birds, otters and sea lions mix it up, to delight all visitors to Monterey Bay.

Sunday 3/19/17 — We had two breaching humpback whales out on Monterey Bay! We saw a pod of 12 Risso’s dolphins, and got great looks at harbor porpoises, harbor seals and California sea otters in the kelp beds near Santa Cruz.

Saturday 3/18/17 – Springtime proves to be a great time of year to see multiple whale species out on Monterey Bay! We found four humpback whales and 10 gray whales. Gray whales will continue to travel northbound along the Santa Cruz coastline throughout April and May.

Join us this week! Thursday 3/23, Friday 3/24, Saturday 3/25 and Sunday 3/26 whale watching trips depart at 11am. Call 831-427-0230 or order online at www.santacruzwhalewatching.com

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Monterey Bay, March 19, 2017
Photo: Michael Nelson

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Spring is Here

Spring is here and so are humpback whale arriving for their feeding season in Monterey Bay. Gray whales continue their northbound migration through our local waters, and dolphin & otter babies are learning to keep up with their folks. Here is what we’ve seen lately in Monterey Bay.

Spring Break whale watching trips will be running daily starting next week! Click here to buy tickets.

Humpback fluke 3/23/16 Monterey Bay, March 2016

Humpback fluke 3/23/16 Monterey Bay, March 2016

Wednesday 3/23/16 we saw Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins (mamas and babies) and our favorite California Sea Otters!

Gray whale, Spring migration, Monterey Bay, 3/23/16. photo Michael Nelson

Gray whale, Spring migration, Monterey Bay, 3/23/16. photo Michael Nelson

3/20/16 For Sunday’s trip, the best report came from one of our passengers, who wrote, “We had clear skies, a smooth trip, and good sightings. There was a small group of about 20 common dolphins porpoising. We then saw a yearling humpback surfacing then diving to feed near the canyon. Later, we came upon another young humpback.”

Saturday 3/19 we saw 500 common dolphins, 3 humpback whales — close drive-bys, lots of flukes, plus otters!

And on Thursday 3/18 we saw otters, lots of dolphins and 6 humpback whales out in Monterey Bay. One of the whales was lunge feeding. Lovely!

Common Dolphins, Monterey Bay, March 2016 Michael Nelson

Common Dolphins, Monterey Bay, March 2016

Monterey Bay, 3/23/16 photo Michael Nelson

Monterey Bay, 3/23/16 photo Michael Nelson