09-25-2017: Killer Whales Again, Humpback Whales, Risso’s Dolphin, Feeding Sea Otters and More

Monterey Bay Killer Whales
The same group of killer whales showed up again. But this time they had another male with them. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 09-25-2017

Today was incredible. Conditions were perfect all day long. We had a group of five killer whales right out the gate. So that was great. They were in hunting mode. So they were being pretty stealth and not together.

Monterey Bay Killer Whale
Male killer whale cruising for prey. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 09-25-2017

Staying under a long time and coming up in different areas. We had some great looks, but decided to head out and do some exploring after about an hour with them.

Monterey Bay Killer Whales
The Moss Landing Killer Whales on the prowl. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 09-25-2017

After about 15-minutes of running, I could see small splashes a mile or two to the west. I got some glasses on them and saw we had an active group of Risso’s dolphin. So that was cool. These animals were splashing around, breaching, surging. Nice encounter.

Monterey Bay Killer Whales
We were on these animals after about 15-minutes of running. Incredible marine conditions. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 09-25-2017

Then there were humpbacks scattered all around the area. Mostly to the North a couple of miles. We started to notice some nice feeding aggregations. Like groups of 4-6. Glassy calm conditions made of perfect marine life viewing. I could turn the engines off and just float there. It’s nice to just hear nothing but the birds, the sea lions and the whales.

Monterey Bay Risso's Dolphin
Risso’s Dolphin getting lively. Photo: Sack, www.sacntuarycruises.com 09-25-2017
Monterey Bay Risso's Dolphin
Breaching Risso’s dolphin. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 09-25-2017
Monterey Bay Humpack Whale
And then there’s always the reliable humpback whale. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 09-25-2017
Monterey Bay Sea Nettle Jelly
The sea nettle Jelly. The favored prey of the Mola Mola and the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 09-25

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