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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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Good Day with Gray Whales

Sunday 3/12/17 — Good Day with Gray Whales

The gray whales led the way on Sunday! We kept our whale watching tour along the coastline, following several sets of gray whales swimming northbound through Monterey Bay. There were plenty of gray whales just 1-2 miles offshore from Santa Cruz — wonderful to see whale spouts over here, there, everywhere! We followed several small groups of whales up the coast towards Davenport; a few groups of two, then a trio of gray whales who were the most active, showing tail flukes (diving),  a spyhop, and other active surface behaviors.

On the way in we got good looks at otters in the kelp beds.  It was a beautiful day on Monterey Bay!

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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Gray Whales, Dolphins, Sea Birds

Sunday, February 12, 2017: Today we were able to catch up with 2 adult southbound gray whales, that allowed us to watch them surface and dive many times, treating the crowd to close looks and several tail flukes! Along the way we spotted Risso’s dolphins, numerous sea otters and sea lions, and a variety of seabirds in winter plumage! As we were nearing the harbor, we spotted a third gray whale, on its way north. A beautiful, crystal clear day to view some of California’s unique marine wildlife!

Thank you to everyone who visited our booth at the Migration Festival this weekend, and a special thanks to Natural Bridges State Park for hosting. We look forward to having you out on a whale watching trip!

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Pelican, Santa Cruz, CA | photo courtesy Luv Kothari

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Winter Solstice brings friendly humpback whales, lively dolphins, and ocean birds

Wednesday, 12/21/16:  A beautiful winter day on the Monterey Bay! We had multiple pairs of humpbacks, one of which came in for a close inspection of the boat! We were also treated to a large group of pacific white sided dolphins, bow riding and frolicking in the waves. On the way home we encountered some of our earlier humpbacks feeding near the surface. Birders enjoyed looks at a black footed albatross, many species of shearwater, and northern fulmars.

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Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Monterey Bay, Dec. 21, 2016.  Photo: Michael Nelson

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Albatross, Monterey Bay, CA Dec 21, 2016.
Photo: Michael Nelson

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Lunge Feeding Whales, Sea Lions

Saturday 12/3/16 We had some great looks at a large group of lunge feeding humpback whales on Saturday. The whales were dining midday out at Pajaro Canyon, alongside hundreds of California sea lions. These are late season whales in Monterey Bay. We are soon expecting to see gray whales on their annual migration between Alaska and Baja California.

Join us on board Velocity or Legacy for an unforgettable adventure on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – one of the top wildlife viewing locations in the world!

Santa Cruz Whale Watching trips run every weekend, and DAILY starting December 20 through January 1.

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Photo: Michael Nelson

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Photo: Michael Nelson

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.

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

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.