Moss Landing Humpback Whales

This humpback almost looked like it was yawning. It just sat there with it mouth open. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 10-27-2014.

There seems to be no end in sight as the humpbacks continue to feed in front of Moss Landing. They’ve been coming and going between just outside to harbor mouth to 4-5 miles out.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

This bird just about lands on the hump of a humpback whale. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 10-27-2014.

We continue to see large numbers of sea lions feeding with the humpbacks. It’s a pretty wild spectacle to behold. ¬†When it is calm enough, we can turn the engine off and wait.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Humpbacks on the prowl. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 10-27-2014.

Looking around the boat, the only sound is the light swell sloshing against the hull.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Then the next thing we know, sea lions start coming up around the boat. First a just a few start coming up. Then suddenly they all come up at once. All 200+ of them. Splashing and barking.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Humpbacks going down for some anchovies. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 10-27-2014.

This is soon followed by 4-6 humpbacks whales surfacing in the middle of the sea lions just off our starboard side.

Moss Landing Sea Lion

Sea lion mad-dogging a fish. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 10-27-2014.

 

They make their presence known with a loud blast from their massive nostrils as the sea lions scatter.

Moss Landing Sea Lion

It lookes like this sea lion may be onto a small shark. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com, 10-23-2014.

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