02/21/14 ORCAS! plus hundreds of Risso’s Dolphins, some White-sided Dolphins and a Gray Whale

Today we “went for it” despite a rough marine forecast. We made the right call as the conditions on the bay were just fine, with bright sunshine and good spotting conditions. We came across a huge scattered school of Risso’s dolphins and got some real good looks along with some bow-riding Pacific white-sided dolphins.  Out we went to the mouth of the bay in search of gray whales migrating north. We found one solo gray that was being very elusive. It was frustrating.  Soon we found out why. There were two huge bull Orcas on the prowl. We got some good looks at the two. It is always a thrill to see an orca with a six foot tall dorsal fin moving so gracefully through the water! To top it off we found more Risso’s close in near Moss on the way home and they were doing some head slapping and breaches. Very cool.  An excellent late February day on Monterey Bay!


About Michael Sack

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