Likely one of the most incredible orca encounters we’ve ever had. Just remarkable. The day started out with anticipation. I got an early call from a fellow whale watching boat captain that he had a report of a large group of orcas making their way to toward Moss Landing at a high rate of speed from Point Pinos.
So we had the whole fleet keeping an eye out. But none of us ever found them. After an excellent day of humpback whales just outside the Moss Landing Harbor, we ended the trip and made our way to the dock.
After the passengers left the boat and we were cleaning up, I happened to have the radio on and overheard a local researcher talking about a large pod of orcas not far from Moss Landing.
Turns out that they were on a gray whale calf kill. So we quickly decided we were going to head back out and get in on the action. It was just me (captain Mike), Marine biologist and my partner Dorris Welch and Marine Biologist / Photographer Giancarlo Thomae. When we got on the scene, we were shocked.
There were orcas everywhere we looked. Confirmed to be over 30 orcas! Just remarkable. We stayed out until just before dark taking in this epic experience. Stay tuned for more more photos and video.