05-15-2013: Humpbacks Move Closer In, Reports of a blue whale, Rough Conditions

The good news is that there have been plenty of humpbacks at the mouth of The Bay. The bad news is that the mouth of The Bay is 10-12 miles out. But once we get out there, there have been nice concentrations.

The marine conditions have been getting in the way over the last week or so. It’s been manageable in the morning then comes up quick and strong by noon.

Today things changed around a bit. We had humpbacks between 6-8 miles out. So that was a positive change. And it’s a good thing because by the time we got to these humpbacks the wind picked up something fierce. But not before we had some amazing looks of two full-size whales. These were huge, full-size animals.

Their tail flukes were probably 8′-10′ across. And to top it off, on the way in we had a single humpback throw down a few massive tail-lobs. This is where half their body comes flinging out of the water tail first and then the animal slams it’s tail on the water. It’s almost as good as breach.

About Michael Sack

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