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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!

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Friday – Orcas

Friday 9/23/16: Today we found 2 Orcas! Nice looks at “Fat Fin” and a buddy out in the Bay. Also humpback whales, and a pod of common dolphins on the way back in.

Wednesday9/21/16 – Windy out there, but we found whales – a humpback whale breached for us! And plenty of dolphins and otters along the way.

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

 

Humpback Whales, Santa Cruz, CA

Fun week on Monterey Bay!

Sunday 7/3 — 6 humpback whales at Soquel — a single whale we call “Barney” and friend lunge feeding off Aptos — White shark at cement ship.
Saturday 7/2 — 4 humpback whales — dolphins!
Friday 7/1 — Humpback whales feeding near Soquel
Thursday 6/30 — Sharks and Orcas

 

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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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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)

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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

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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