Monthly Archives: February 2012

02-29-2012: The weather continues to be a problem. It looks like winter is finally here.

As we get closer to March, it looks like winter has finally arrived here on the Monterey Bay. We have had some severe winds over the last couple of weeks and lots of swell. But not a whole lot of … Continue reading

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02-20-2012 – Excellent Northbound Gray Whale Views, Frolicking Common Dolphins, Sunny Skies and Smooth Waters

I took the photo above today as a pod of about 200-300 common dolphins came over to check us out. This one just randomly jumped out of the water and I happened to have my camera pointed in the general … Continue reading

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02-19-2012 – Extreme Whale Watching in Rodeo Riding Conditions and Excellent Gray Whale Views

It’s a good thing we had a seaworthy group today. We had some rough conditions and covered a lot of water. And the 15-17 knot winds didn’t help. Normally we would have turned around out of concern for increasing weather … Continue reading

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02-18-2012 – Rough Weather gets in the way, we’ll try Again Tomorrow

Rough weather got in the way again today. We had two trips scheduled for today. One of the trips was an early 8:00 am trip that we thought we might be able to sneak in before the weather picked up. … Continue reading

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02-17-2012 – Great looks at a Nice Pod of Four Northbound Gray Whales, Fast Moving Risso’s Dolphins

Before we got onto the gray whales, we came across a very fast moving pod of Risso’s Dolphins. Usually the Risso’s just kind linger around and maybe cruise along at two or three knots. The animals seemed to be on … Continue reading

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02-05-2012: Cooperative Gray Whales, Mega-pod of Long-beaked Common Dolphins, Lingering Risso’s Dolphins and Stellar Marine Conditions

Today was the best day we’ve had out there so far for this gray whale season. I love whale watching in Tee-shirt. There were plenty of whales all over once we got into the zone. But more importantly, the whales … Continue reading

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02-04-2012: Gray Whales, Long-beaked Common Dolphins, Decent Marine Conditions

The Gray whale southbound migration seems to be holding strong. We’re definetly not seeing the large numbers we were two weeks ago. Today the whales we were with seemed to be moving fast and not staying at the surface as … Continue reading

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02-03-2012: Gray Whales, Great looks at Risso’s Dolphins and Bow-riding Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Outstanding Marine Conditions

We covered some water today. When the ocean conditions are glassy and it’s as nice out there as it was today, we love to do a little exploring. Today we ended up south of Point Lobos. Sometimes gray whales will … Continue reading

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02-02-2012: Gray Whales Still Passing by in Force, Great looks at Risso’s Dolphins and Common Dolphins

The last couple of weeks have been about as good as it gets for gray whale whatching. We’ve seen dolphins just about every day and the weather has generally been very pleasant. And today was no different. We spotted a … Continue reading

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01-17-2012: The Orcas Are Back and They were Out in Front of Moss Landing All Day Today

After more than a month-long absence, at least three pods of Orcas have returned to the Monterey Bay Area. We were with one of the pods of about six just outside the Moss Landing Harbor. We heard reports of other … Continue reading

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01-08-2012: Gray Whale Numbers Increase, More Excellent Looks at Feeding Common Dolphins

Pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday’s trip. But the weather really calmed down nicely with warm conditions and flat, smooth water. The numbers of passing gray whales seem to be increasing. We could see many spouts all over the … Continue reading

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01-07-2012: Gray Whales Continue Southbound Migration, Excellent Looks at Feeding Common Dolphins

The gray whales continue to be a sure thing as they make their way from the arctic waters down to their calving and breeding grounds in the warm water lagoons of Baja California. The real show today was a pod … Continue reading

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01-06-2012: Two Humpback Whales Show up a Few Miles Outside of Moss Landing, Gray Whales Continue to pass through The Bay in Large Numbers

Today started out pretty rough. The fog created quite a problem for us. And the large swells didn’t help. Luckily, the swells were long period so they weren’t very steep and there wasn’t much wind. But as we got closer … Continue reading

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01-01-2012: The Gray Whales are here and they are passing through The Bay in Large Numbers

The gray whales are passing through The Bay on their southbound migration from Alaska to the warm water lagoons of Baja California. We spotted at least 15 today. We also checked out a handful of Risso’s Dolphins. The warm, calm … Continue reading

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12-09-2011: More Orcas, Our First Two Southbound Gray Whale Sightings

The ocean conditions have been phenominal. Very calm, minimal wind and no swell. Being out there in sunny, calm conditions was a treat in itself. And that’s good because we didn’t come across the gray whales for almost 4-hours. We … Continue reading

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