07-13-2015: Humpbacks in Front of Moss, More Scattered humpbacks 8-miles out and More

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

This is the yearling humpback that launched about 4-6 times. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 07-12-2015

Humpbacks are still on the prowl and feeding within a mile of the harbor. Pretty much been the routine for the last year and a half.

Moss Landing Cormorant

Moss Landing Cormorant brings up a fish. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 07-13-2015

We also heard reports of a couple more long diving humpbacks about 8-miles to the southwest.

We've been coming across this same elephant seal for the last few days. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 07-13-2015

We’ve been coming across this same elephant seal for the last few days. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 07-13-2015

Today the whales were making large circles. For the most part, they were singles. Not really feeding together. They seemed to be feeding separately and deep as they were doing about 7-10 minute dive cycles.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Humpback does a fluke up dive. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 07-13-2015

We were getting some great looks when suddenly this massive animal completely launches itself out of the water within about 20 feet of the boat. Quite spectacular.

Moss Landing Sea Lion

This sea lion is tearing apart this small shark. They do what I call “mad-dogging.” That’s when they grasp the fish firmly in their teeth and shake it violently as they take a bite. The fish goes flying and the birds come in. Then the sea lion will keep doing this until there is nothing left. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 07-13-2015

Moss Landing Sea Lion

Sea Lion nabs a shark. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com

About Michael Sack

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