04-06-2014: The Incredible Lunge Feeding Humpback, Bow-riding Pacific White-sided Dolphins, an Olive Ridley Turtle and More

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

We were with this humpback for over two hours and it was lunge feeding the entire time. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 04-06-2014

Our early of run of feeding humpbacks continue. We saw a massive school of anchovies pass under the boat today. The water was clear enough so that we were able to get a good look. They were likely being chased by the feasting humpback whale that had just sounded 25 yards off our starboard side. The Bay is happening right now.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Here’s another massive surface lunge by this humpback we were with today. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 04-06-2014


Today was all about this surface lunging humpback. This animal was involved with a serious feeding frenzy. I mean seriously. This thing was surface lunging on anchovies about every 3-5 minutes for about 3 hours. Really neat to see. Just before a massive surface lunge, a 6′ diameter ball of anchovies would break the surface a few inches. That would be followed by gaping mouth of the mighty humpback whale.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Here it is again doing a sideways lunge. The white fin is it’s pectoral fin. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 04-06-2014.

Then there were the Pacific White-sided dolphins that seemed to be working the anchovies right alongside the humpback. At one point we got the boat underway and the Pacific White-sided dolphins started bow riding and launching along side us in our wake. Very cool.

Moss Landing Ridley Turtle

A rare sighting for us up here in the Monterey Bay. But sure enough, there it was. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 04-06-2014

We even came across an Olive Ridley turtle. They’re usually found quite a bit further south. They are known to nest on the beaches of Central America and Mexico.

Moss Landing Ridley Turtle

Another shot of this Ridley Turtle. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 04-06-2014.

And of course the perfect weather conditions made for a very pleasant trip and easy going.


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