10-09-2014: The Humpback Friendlies Invade, Whales and Sea Lions Everywhere

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

We had whales and sea lions coming up all around the boat. Then we turned the engines off and all we could hear was the splashing of the sea lions and startling blasts of humpback whale spouts all around us. Just incredible. Photo: Giancarlo Thomae, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 10-09-2014,

It really doesn’t get much better than this. At least that’s what we keep thinking. And then we have 10-15 humpback whales swarm the boat! It’s really hard to imagine. Our boat is 43′ long. About 30 tons in weight. Most of the whales around us today each weighed over 30-tons.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Two humpbacks go down for more anchovies. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com.

Today, once we got onto the scene of where we were seeing spouts, we slowed the boat and put her into neutral.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

The feeding frenzy continues. Photo:Michael Sack.

The next thing we knew, we were in them. Literally. We had 10-15 whales interested in us.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

More surface feeding. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com

They were popping up all around the boat. And these animals were not shy. ¬†They regularly popped up next to the boat with the starling blast of it’s spout.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Humpback whales everywhere. Photo: Michael Sack

And then there were the sea lions. We have been seeing the whales and sea lions feeding in the same area a lot this year.

Moss Landing Sea Lion

Moss Landing sea lion feeding on a fish. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com.

Moss Landing Sea Lion 

About Michael Sack

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