03/26/2013: The Spring Humpback event has begun!

Humpback lunge feed

Humpback whale lunge feeds on a dense patch of krill about 5-miles southwest of Moss Landing. Photo: Sack 03-26-2013

Monday we had a wonderful time with three humpback whales busily feeding in the middle of the bay. Their dives were short and their flukes were many! The krill was swarming around our boat on the surface of the water so we even got to see some surface lunge feeding, with the whale’s entire mouth emerging vertically from the water, huge throat bulging with krill-laden water. Amazing.

Humpback whale

Humpback whale lunges underwater to a patch of krill about 20′ down. Photo Sack 03-27-2013.

We also came across a good look at a Northern Fur Seal. The one below in fact.

Northern fur seal.

Northern fur seal hanging out in The Bay. Photo: Sack 03-26-2013

We sure are happy the springtime krill bloom has begun in a big way. I bet the humpbacks are even more pleased. Conditions have been splendid out here.

About Michael Sack

Boat Captain, Monterey Bay marine life naturalist and guide. Photographer and Videographer.
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