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Wild Orca, Monterey Bay - April 13, 2016. Photo: Michael Nelson

Orcas again today!

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

 

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
whale behaviors snapshot
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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Every day is different! Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales

Friday, July 15, 2016 ~ Sightings this week:

Today:
Endless humpback whales
2 fin whales
4 blue whales
Pod of common dolphins

Join us this weekend! Whale Watching trips run daily – buy online at http://santacruzwhalewatching.com

Thursday, July 14:
Quite a few Humpback whales over Monterey Canyon … we spotted 2 Blue Whales! … and the Sharks continue to fascinate.

Wednesday, July 13:
8 Humpback whales
12 Risso’s dolphins
20 Bottlenose dolphins
Lots of Sharks 6-10 feet long!
Whale Watching trips run daily through July – Call 831-427-0230

Friday, July 8:
Friday, Jul 8 Sightings: 1 ORCA, 2 WHITE SHARKS, 5 HUMPBACK WHALES, 200 COMMON DOLPHINS

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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.

Orcas again this weekend!

June 6, 2016 Sightings Report for the weekend

Monday: 8 playful friendly Orcas today, out in the fog, plus 6 sleepy Humpback Whales.

Sunday: 10 Orcas — 6 of them swam under the boat! Plus a huge pod of Common Dolphins

Saturday: Humpback whales – lunge feeding

Friday: Humpback whales – breaching!

All our activity this weekend has been on Santa Cruz side of the bay near the Soquel Hole.

ORCA 6-5-16, photo: Jenn Yuhas

ORCA 6-5-16, photo: Jenn Yuhas

 

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Blue whales are the stars this week

We’ve had amazing BLUE WHALES in big numbers on all trips this week!

Wednesday, May 25 — Surrounded by BLUE WHALE spouts today- showing flukes today near Santa Cruz! Also, humpback whales in the bay! A few were tail-throwing and pec-slapping at the surface.

Sunday, May 22 –Many blue whales again. Wonderful sightings – they are quite actively diving to feed in the deep waters, giving as great flukes. Humpback whales also active in the bay.

Saturday, May 21 — 15 Blue Whales!! Diving; great looks at flukes. Plus otters, sea lions, migrating birds and dolphins!

Blue whale tail Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching

Blue whale tail Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching, Photo: Michael Nelson

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Earlier in May we had a week with large groups of active Orcas, hunting in Monterey Bay. It is amazing to see these fantastic “killer whales” out in nature.

Monterey Bay Orca

Monterey Bay Orcas Photo: Michael Nelson

Monterey Bay Orca Santa Cruz Whale Watching

Monterey Bay Orcas Photo: Michael Nelson

Monterey whale watching

Humpback whale pectoral fin

 

Springtime Monterey Bay - humpback whale feeding on krill

Chance to see up to 3 whale species!

Sunday, May 1 Four humpback whales feeding on krill, lots of surface behavior, good looks at the whales! One gray whale.

Sat, April 30 This morning we got lucky with humpback whales near shore, just a few miles off of Santa Cruz, plus and mama & baby gray whales! 

Over the last four weeks we’ve seen orca on 4-5 different occasions and blue whale three times! Also sharks, otters, sea lions, birds and all the natural beauty of Monterey Bay.

Here’s a great article about our transient killer whales, their behavior and hunting patterns here in the bay: Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: Killers in Monterey Bay

Wild Orca, Monterey Bay - April 13, 2016. Photo: Michael Nelson

Wild Orca, Monterey Bay – April 13, 2016. Photo: Michael Nelson

Blue Whale, Monterey Bay with Santa Cruz Whale Watching

Gorgeous blue whale, humpback whales, playful common dolphins

4/17/16: Sunday Sightings: 20 humpback whales spread out, feeding throughout the Bay, some fun surface behaviors including tail and pec slaps. On the way back in we were joined by a large pod of common dolphins, swimming along side the boat and riding surf!

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Common Dolphins, Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching, April 17, 2016. photo” M. Nelson

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Common Dolphins, Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching

Common Dolphins, Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching, April 17, 2016. photo” M. Nelson

4/16/16 Saturday Sightings: 6 humpback whales and one mighty blue whale!!

4/14/16 Thursday we were visited by a trio of humpback whales; they gave us super close-up looks, feeding on krill, and pec/tail-slapping. We saw a few albatross and lots of California sea otters in the kelp.

Humpback, Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching

Humpback “tail slap” Monterey Bay, with Santa Cruz Whale Watching, April 17, 2016. photo” M. Nelson

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had several days with amazing views of Orca in the wild. Here is some fantastic video from our April 3rd trip. ORCA VIDEO by Franzi Samanek