I missed the last six days of whale megapods swarming outside Moss Landing as I was down in Ventura and the Channel Islands with our sailboat. I had to see it with my own eyes today to really believe it. Wow! Everywhere you gaze, there are many whales surfacing as far as you can see. It is like Yellowstone on the ocean. Geyser-like whale blows going off all around you. The bay is alive with food right now and the whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds are having a field day. Then exquisitely calm conditions and lighting are an added bonus. The real treat today was the Risso’s dolphins playing around the humpbacks for the entire trip. We saw more breaching dolphins than whales today (closer, too). It is unusual to have Risso’s hanging with humpbacks, but the food was there and they were going for it. Another treat was a brief glimpse of some very speedy Dall’s porpoise. The time is right to enjoy Monterey Bay.

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