Author Archives: Michael Sack

05-10-2017: Ten to Twenty Humpbacks Just Outside Moss Landing Harbor Mouth, More Blue Whales Show Up

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 … Continue reading

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05-08-2017: Incredible Monterey Bay Feeding Event Continues

Here’s some video from today’s trip: https://youtu.be/QZuwwxN-KMg The action continues to get better and better. And it’s all happening just outside the Moss Landing Harbor. Today we had humpback whales right out the gate. We’re actually seeing the humpbacks before … Continue reading

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04-20-2017: Orcas Show Up, Humpbacks, Gray Whales and More

Killer whales show up and find something. We’re never saw what they were eating. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 04-20-2017 The Spring action continues as The Monterey Bay delivers amazing sightings today in clean conditions. They seemed to be feeding on … Continue reading

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04-19-2017: 30-50+ Humpback Whales in the Monterey Bay, Blue Whales, Albatross and More

Humpback whales surface lunge-feed on anchovies. Photo: Sack, www.sanctuarycuises.com. Conditions have been incredible. Today it was calm and glassy for the whole trip with only a light breeze in the afternoon. Many humpbacks have shown up all along the California … Continue reading

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03-23-2017: Rampant Lunge-Feeding Humpbacks, Common Dolphins

Lunge-feeding Humpback whale. These things were doing this every few minutes. Photo: Sack 03-23-2017 Epic day on the Monterey Bay. Conditions were questionable early on. We had a pretty solid lump on the water. This can make it difficult for … Continue reading

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02-04-2017

We headed out of the harbor while getting a lot of looks at sea otters eating fat innkeeper worms and many bird species from grebes, buffleheads, loon, pelicans, and more. We traveled out due west and kept scanning the horizon … Continue reading

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01-29-2017 Gorgeous Conditions, Humpbacks, Grays and Common Dolphins

href=”http://sanctuarycruises.com/captains_log/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1_28_Gray_Whale-1.jpg”> Gray Whale at Moss Landing Harbor Mouth[/caption] Today was spectacular out there on Monterey Bay. Sunny clear skies, calm seas and some lovely cetacean sightings. First, we came upon a pod of hundreds of long-beaked common dolphins that played … Continue reading

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01-15-2017: Humpbacks Still Feeding in front of Moss Landing, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Gray Whales and More

“Porpoising” long-beaked common dolphins. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 01-15-2017 Another epic day on the bay. It looks like we could have winter feeding humpbacks this year. There were at least 8 out in front of Moss Landing today. More long-beaked … Continue reading

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01-14-2016: Humpbacks, mating gray whales, common dolphins, Pacific White-sided dolphins excellent conditions and more.

One of the three mating gray whales we were with today. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 01-14-2017 Incredible day on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Sunny conditions and calm seas. Doesn’t get much better for Winter whale watching. Spy-hopping gray … Continue reading

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1-11-17 Stormy Conditions kept us in port, but seas are calming now

We have not been able to venture out into the bay this year yet, due to stormy seas. We know the gray whales are in full force on their southbound migration through outer Monterey Bay and hope the handful of … Continue reading

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12-15-2016 Humpback Whales and Common Dolphins feeding 3 miles from Moss Landing

The weekend forecast looks calm and clear, and the whales are still here feeding. Conditions were lovely on Wednesday and there were scattered humpbacks feeding within a few short miles of Moss Landing, as well as Common Dolphins. Sunday we … Continue reading

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12-04-2016: 20+ Humpback Whales Feeding Close to Moss Landing Harbor, 300+ Common Dolphins

About 300 long-beaked common dolphins come up along side of the boat. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 12-03-2016. We’ve been having some of the best trips of the year over the last couple of weeks. The marine conditions and weather. We’ve … Continue reading

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11-21-2016: Humpbacks Feeding with Sea Lions, Long-beaked Common Dolphins

About 300 long-beaked common dolphins were also feeding in the area. Photo: Vicky Stein. Conditions have been gorgeous on the water. Crisp and cool with sunshine, clear blue skies and beautiful puffy white clouds in the background. We have had … Continue reading

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11-12-2016 Gorgeous Conditions, Non-stop surface Lunge-feeding Humpbacks close to Moss Landing plus Dolphins!

Besides all the birds and humpbacks feeding in front of Moss (at least six or seven whales lunging up for a few hours on end), we also had a group of several hundred long-beaked common dolphins feeding about five miles … Continue reading

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11-11-2016 Humpbacks are surface lunge feeding in front of Moss Landing now

This was our biologist Vicky Stein’s photo from today, which was a good day but tough for photography. Lots of great lunges, though, and absolute bird chaos. We had pelicans, terns, gulls (Bonaparte’s, Heerman’s, westerns), murres, cormorants, and parasitic jaegers … Continue reading

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