07-02-2014 Humpback “Fireworks Display” today and Blue Whales

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Humpback whale breaches off Moss Landing. Photo: Michael Sack, 07-02-2014.

Today was one for the record books. Just within a few miles of Moss Landing we had about 15 humpback whales working in pairs and sometimes coming together in foursomes to herd their food.

Moss Landing Blue Whale

It looks like the blue whales are starting to show and they’re feasting on krill. Photo: Michael Sack, 07-02-2014.

There was enough krill to bring in two huge blue whales that we observed feeding for the entire four and a half hour trip.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

More breaching. This happened many times. Photo: Michael Sack, 07-02-2014.

We also had great looks at a pod of Risso’s dolphins that were playing around some humpbacks.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

A young humpback whale gets lively. Photo: Michael Sack, 07-02-2014.

But one young humpback really stole the show today. It started breaching, then tail lobbing, then pec slapping, then back to breaching. This went on for about an hour and a half all great viewing distance to the Sanctuary!

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

This is the young humpback on it’s side, just kind of playing around. Photo: Michael Sack, 07-02-2014.

We were all astounded at this young whales energy and exuberance. This is one of those days we will never forget and why tell customers to keep coming out again and again. You never know when you’ll hit the whale jackpot!

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

This humpback kept doing these odd chin slaps as it moved along at about 4-5 knots. It almost seemed like it was “porpoising.” Photo: Michael Sack, 07-02-2014.

About Michael Sack

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