Monthly Archives: June 2013

06-30-2013: Blue Whale 15 miles to the West, Lots of Black-footed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters, Reports of Humpbacks To the South

The conditions ended up being nice all day. But we had to go out past the mouth of the Monterey Bay. We did see plenty of Black-footed albatross. These birds can have up to a six foot wing-span. Just remarkable … Continue reading

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06-25-2013: Perfect Conditions, The “Friendly Pod” Shows up and Gets Friendly With the Sanctuary

Today was one of those days we’ll never forget. Just remarkable. We got word early on that the pod of orcas known as the “Friendly Pod” showed up about ten miles outside of Moss Landing. So we made a course … Continue reading

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06-24-2013: More Orcas, Stubby and Fat Fin Show Up, Calm Seas

Two days in a row with orcas. I’ll take that. Also two days in a row with calm ocean conditions. What nice change. But we did have some drizzle for a part of the trip. So it wasn’t perfect. But … Continue reading

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06-23-2013: It Was All About the Orcas Today

The trip started out good. Within in minutes of leaving the harbor we were on two orcas on the hunt just outside the harbor mouth. But just as quick as we got on them, we lost them in the thick … Continue reading

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06-17-2013: Blue Whales Still Hanging, Unexpected Rough Conditions Prevail

We sure didn’t see this one coming. The forecast called for mild conditions and low winds. We started out in the fog. Which is also where there were two blue whales we missed just outside of the Moss Landing Harbor. … Continue reading

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06-16-2013: Another Epic Day, Lunge Feeding Blue Whales, A Leatherback Turtle and Northern Fur Seal

Today was another one of those incredible days that we never forget. We’ve been seeing lunge-feeding blue whales and humpbacks for the last few days. We don’t see this often. It’s particularly nice since they have been just outside of … Continue reading

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06-15-2013: Humpbacks, Blues, Orcas and Dolphins-About as good as it gets

What a difference a day makes. It just keeps getting better and better. I can safely say that the summer whale watching season is in full swing. All the heavy wind we have been having seems to have paid off. … Continue reading

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06-10-2013: Humpbacks, Orcas, Risso’s Dolphins and Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Perfect Weather Condtions

Today was about as good as it gets for weather. Glassy ocean conditions, no wind and no swell. Tee-shirts and shorts. What a delight. Then on top of that we had one of the best orca encounters all year. We … Continue reading

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06-09-2013: The Blues Are Here, Humpbacks Still Cruising for Krill

It looks like the blue whales are here for the season. Which historically is until the end of July. We’ve been having some real nice encounters as these 80’+ animals cruise by the boat while on the hunt for Krill. … Continue reading

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06-04-2013: The Blue Whales Are Here, Single Humpback, Risso’s Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins

The blue whales are starting to show up. We were with at least two blue whales yesterday and had reports of at least five in the area. We also had a quick look at a stealthy humpback and a mixed … Continue reading

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