08-29-2014: Breaching Humpback Calf, Close-in Lunge-feeding Humpbacks, Bottlenose Dolphin

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

This calf breached about 15 times. Photo: Michael Sack, 08-28-2014.

The action just keeps on going just outside of Moss Landing Harbor. As has been the case almost daily since March, before we even left the harbor we were already seeing whales just outside the harbor-mouth.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Surface lunge-feeding humpback just off the beach north of the harbor. Photo: Michael Sack, 08-29-2014.

And today a lot more whales moved closer in today. We had about 10 humpbacks between the harbor entrance and the MLA buoy less than a mile off the beach.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

The next thing we knew, there were whales popping up all around us. And then there were the sea lions splashing around. Photo: Michael Sack, 08-29-2014.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

This calf repeatedly breached. Photo:Michael Sack, 08-28-2014.

We did a little exploring and came across a breaching and tail-lobbing humpback whale calf. So that was fun.

Kayaking with the humpbacks

These kayakers had the encounter of a lifetime. Photo: Michael Sack, 08-29-2014.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Kayaking with the humpbacks. Photo: MIchael Sack, 08-29-2014.

But the real action continued to be inside just outside the harbor. On the way in we came across what were probably the same 10 some-odd humpbacks feeding together with about 150 California Sea Lions.

Lunge-feeding Moss Landing Humpback

Lunge-feeding Moss Landing Humpback. Photo: Michael Sack, 08-29-2014.

 

 

About Michael Sack

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