10-3-2013 Whale Acrobats and Class Clowns today

I always tell people that “everyday is different” out there and today was a great example. We started out with a single juvenile humpback whale that spyhopped within 100 yards of the boat. so we just sat still and watched. This young and inquisitive whale popped up vertically in slow motion at least 15 times and kept us all enthralled. It had a distinctive patch of barnacles right on the tip of the chin which looked like a goatee so I dubbed it “Maynard G. Crebbs”. Remember Bob Denver’s, aka Gilligan’s, first character in Dobey Gillis as a goateed beatnik? Ok, I’m dating myself here, I know. It was too much fun with this whale.
As this wasn’t enough, we saw breaching in the not too distant horizon, so off we went to beat the incoming wind. What a reward we had! Another young whale was having a breach-fest. Another 90 minutes of entertainment ensued as this whale exuberantly breached over and over and over again. It got so I could predict exactly when and where the next breach would occur by watching the way it fluked. Some pec slaps and lob tails added icing to the cake.
We had the Save our Shores conservation staff aboard today and folks from all over the US and the world. Great day, great whales and Great passengers!

About Michael Sack

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