Check out some video from today
Humpbacks do a vertical lunge as they chase anchovies up out of the water. This was one of the photographs taken by one of the participants in our photography workshop on Tuesday. Thanks for the awesome photos James! Photo by: Jim Quaschnick 05-09-2017
It just keeps getting better and better. So far sightings and conditions are setting up to be another year where we have the many humpbacks feeding just off the beach in Moss Landing. People can go down to the beach and watch whales from the beach in Moss Landing.
This old guy was hanging out on the dock near the Sanctuary. Photo: Sack, 05-10-2017
We have seen some lunge-feeding outside the harbor, but not frequent yet. There has been huge schools anchovies bunched up against the canyon wall out in front of the Moss Landing Harbor. So it’s attracting many humpbacks, sea lions and birds.
This was sort of a combination surface lunge and spy hop.
Over the last week or so we’ve had about ten, rampant lunge-feeding humpbacks off of Marina beach out in front of the sand plant. The first day we were with them I was in about 18-feet of water just outside the surf. We’re talking full on vertical lunge-feeding. These things were popping their big-fatty-heads ten feet up out of the water. Hundreds of sea lions and birds going wild right in the middle of it all. Quite a spectacle.
More lunging. This went on for about three hours. Photo: Michael Sack, 05-09-2017
We were fortunate enough to have the same feeding frenzy happening on our afternoon, sunset photography workshop on Tuesday. Passengers got some amazing photographs. Here’s a few of the photo’s
A Humpback whale lunge feeding the in the Monterey Bay. Photo: Jim Quaschnick, JQphoto.com 05-09-2017
A Humpback whale side roll feeding the in the Monterey Bay, Monterey Ca.. Photo: Jim Quaschnick / JQphoto.com 05-09-2017
No one has found the killer whales for the last few days. But everyone’s looking. We did a few runs along where we’ve been seeing them but didn’t find them. We did find a lot of black-footed albatross. We’ve seen a couple of flocks of about 8-9. And more flying around.
More lunge-feeding. Photo: Chase Dekker
There were also several sightings of blue whales. We had excellent looks at a blue that tracked along side us and then turned toward us at one point. So that was incredible. Conditions were also perfect today. Calm and glassy all day long.
Side lunge. If you look closely you can see the whale’s eye. Photo: Chase Dekker
We’ll see what happens Thursday. Eric Mailander will be out there scouting around on his high speed skiff “Flatline”. We’re due for another orca sighting. This time of year there are usually a few boats out there focused on finding the orcas. So hopefully someone will find them on Thursday. We’ll report back later Thurs. or Friday morning.
California brown pelican cruises for leftovers. Photo: Chase Dekker.