Monthly Archives: April 2012

04-27-2012: First Known Orca/Gray Whale Calf kill this year, Plenty of Humpbacks in The Bay, Rough Weather

We almost canceled today’s trip. We knew the conditions would be challenging from the beginning and would only get worse as the day moved on. But, as always, we were hoping for something close-in before the conditions really picked up. … Continue reading

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04-26-2012: Very Friendly Mother and Calf Humpbacks Nursing next to the Boat, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Remarkable Day

Today was absolutely incredible. Things started out very rough. Rain, wind and very ugly conditions. Early on we thought we going to have turn around and call it a day. But there wasn’t a whole lot of swell so as … Continue reading

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04-24-2012: Glassy Calm Conditions, Surface feeding Humpbacks and Surface Feeding Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

The last few days have been beautiful. It’s been starting out questionable conditions. Today we had drizzly wet air and fog just before the trip started with a small lump on the ocean surface and a threatening southwest breeze fixing … Continue reading

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04-20-2012: Nursery Pod of Risso’s Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Second Day Straight of Incredible Orcas and Another 6.5+ Hour Trip

Things started O.K. Sunny conditions, tolerable sea state. Pretty routine. But after we got in the zone about 45 minutes into the trip, all we could say to ourselves was “what a difference a day makes.” Yikes. The next thing … Continue reading

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04-19-2012: Breaching, Tail-lobbing, Lunge Feeding, Pectoral Fin Slapping Humpbacks All Around, Drive-by Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Cruising Risso’s Dolphins, Friendly Orcas, Excellent Marine Conditions

It just keeps getting better and better. Today was truly one of the most absolutely incredible days we’ve had out there. Of course, I live for days like today. Both Dorris and I have chosen to make showing folks the … Continue reading

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04-16-2012: Gray Calf and Mother Pair Just Outside Moss Landing, Large Mixed Pod of Risso’s and Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Plenty of Humpbacks to go Around

Another fantastic day on The Bay. Five minutes into the trip we had our first whale sighting. They were the first mother and calf pair we’ve seen this year. So far so good. I love it when that happens. And … Continue reading

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04-15-2012: Three Separate Orca Sightings, One Whale Kill, Humpbacks Feeding En Masse, Mola Mola, Black-footed Albatross feeding on Whale Kill Leftovers

Today was epic. Right up there with the best days I have ever had on The Bay. Truly one for the record books. It started out early for me. We had a college group for a private charter learning adventure … Continue reading

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04-12-2012: Surface Feeding Humpbacks, Incredible Upclose and Personal Encounter

Wow! What an amazing day out there today with these feeding humpbacks. I would have to say that this was right up there as an all-time humpback encounter! We had at least six humpbacks feeding all around the boat. We … Continue reading

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04-09-2012: Great Views of a Pod of Six Cooperative Northbound Gray Whales, Over Twenty Albatross Floating Together, Steller Sea Shows up Again at Moss Landing Sea Lion Dock

Today was another beautiful day on The Bay. Very calm conditions with a slight offshore breeze and flat seas. We had some excellent views of what appeared to be around five large northbound gray whales and one yearling. They were … Continue reading

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04-08-2012: Warm and Sunny with Smooth, Calm Water and Excellent Views of Cooperative Humpbacks, Bow-riding Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Feeding Risso’s Dolphins

It’s been hit or miss lately with the marine conditions. But today was fantastic. Which made for outstanding views of feeding humpback whales. They were pretty much just hanging out, circling around, feeding on an abundance of shallow krill patches. … Continue reading

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04-07-2012: More Feeding Humpbacks, Black-footed Albatross all Around

Excellent day on The Bay. Both Friday and today. Just beautiful. That makes two days in a row with feeding humpbacks and calm sunny conditions. Massive Krill blooms about 8 miles southwest of Moss Landing. Plus plenty of Krill a … Continue reading

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04-05-2012: Hard Blowing Winds and Lumpy Seas, Trip Cancelled Today

The last week has again been rough for whale watching. The winds have been really churning things up out there making for poor marine wildlife viewing condtions. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this is exactly what … Continue reading

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04-03-2012: Orcas Nail a Young Sea Lion Just Outside of Moss Landing, Close-in Gray Whales, Young Elephant Seal Mad-dogs a Cod

Wow! Another incredible day on The Bay. And it’s a good thing. Conditions were beginning to wear on me. We’ve had pretty dismal conditions over the last week. The weather has been getting in the way. Wind and steep swell … Continue reading

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