Epic fall conditions are here. October and November are by far the best time months for whale watching on The Monterey Bay.
It’s been warm, with little wind and glassy ocean conditions most of the day. We’ve had a couple of days where the chop picked up for a couple of hours during mid-day.
The afternoon trips have been my favorites lately. The lighting is spectacular. Sunsets from the water are remarkable.
Everything and everyone has this warm orange glow about them from the low in the sky sun reflecting off the ocean.
And then there is the marine life. We’ve been seeing many surface-feeding humpback whales. We’ve had some really solid vertical lunge-feeding. This is when one or more humpbacks chase a swarm of shallow anchovies from depth up out of the water.
It happens like this: We see a bubble blast, followed by a swarm of anchovies jumping out of the water and then the gaping jaws of the mighty humpback whale. Baleen, throat pleats and all.
We’ve also been seeing the orcas passing through randomly. But now is a good time to see the orcas. But we never know with them.
Over the last few days we’ve been seeing a lot of co-feeding going with the sea lions and humpback whales. Being in the middle of 200 sea lions and 10-15 humpback whales is intense experience. The noise and splashing of all the sea lions. The loud trumpet blows of 45′-50′ humpbacks blasting right next to the boat. The taste of a spout as an upwind humpback blasts 10′ upwind of the boat. It has a salty quality about it. Just incredible.
It should just keep getting better until the end of November.