07-07-2013: Many blue whales, but dolphins stole the show

Another awesome day out on Monterey Bay today. We found a big blue whale within a few miles of Moss Landing and it just keep getting better as the day progressed. The blue whales are inside the bay and focusing on the area directly west of Moss Landing. They are cruising in big circles feeding on krill near the canyon walls. Today they were all fluking high when they dove, making for great photo ops. The real show of the day, however, were hundreds of playful Risso’s dolphins. They were frisky and airborne over and over right next to the boat! The grand finale was a speedy “fly-by” of a pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins (as seen in this photo by Chase Dekker). The afternoon lighting was magical, the sooty shearwaters were flocking all around us and the dolphins were airborne as they rapidly sped westward. Today was one of the best aboard Sanctuary for sure.

About Michael Sack

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