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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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10-29-2016: Humpback Feeding Frenzy at Moss with Dolphins & Sea Lions

Though our trip today began with a light drizzle, before long the skies cleared up and we spotted our first humpback whales, only two miles outside Moss Landing Harbor. We hopscotched from those three whales out to a large group … Continue reading

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10-18-16 Cetacean Invasion! Humpbacks and Dolphins show up in big numbers.

At least 15 humpback whales and several hundred Pacific White-sided Dolphins showed up today being very active in the Pajaro Hole, a branch of the canyon about six miles NW of Moss Landing. We had a breach, tail lobbing and … Continue reading

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09-16-2016: More Killer Whale Action in Front of Moss, Humpback Whales and Risso’s Dolphins

“Fat Fin” on the prowl just outside of Moss Landing. Photo: Chase Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 09-14-2016 We are definitely settling into our Fall weather pattern. Warm and sunny with calm, smooth ocean conditions. All day long. And then there are animals. … Continue reading

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09-15-16 Orcas hunting right outside Moss Landing Harbor today

These past two days have been magical out here on Monterey Bay for wildlife sightings. Yesterday we had hundreds of active Risso’s Dolphins surrounding the boat for most of the trip, humpback whales and a lone male Orca cruising along … Continue reading

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09-11-2016: Humpbacks Starting to Move Closer to Moss Landing, Anchovies Start to Show Up

Orcas on the prowl. Photo: Chase Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 09-06-2016. We’re well into our Fall weather pattern. The conditions have been generally good. We’ve still been having some overcast days, so that’s not so great. But the marine conditions have been … Continue reading

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07-07-2016: More Killer Whales Show Up, Humpbacks Close to Moss Landing

Killer whales on the prowl. Photo: Chase Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 07-07-2016. After giving us a close swim by, this orca threw up it tail and slapped it on the water before going under. Photo: Chase Dekker, 07-07-2016 The action continued today … Continue reading

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07-06-2016: Summer Action Heats up Two Miles Outside of Moss Landing

A It’s been hit or miss over the last few weeks. We’ve also been hit by strong afternoon winds. So we’ve had to cancel a lot of afternoon trips. But it looks like all the wind and upwelling is starting … Continue reading

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05-29-2016: The Blue Whale Bonanza Continues, More Humpbacks Move in, Reports of Orcas to the South

What a difference a year makes. We definitely have had a change up in the cycle happening this year. The ocean life and the animals we find here can change or cycle out from year to year. For example this … Continue reading

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