07-16-2015: Humpbacks, Risso’s Dolphins, Dalls Porpoise, Elephant Seal and More

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

It was nice the see the feeding action picking up a little today. This humpback did this once. So it wasn’t like it was a full on feeding fest. But they were staying up nicely and not doing long dives. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 07-16-2015

As we turned the bend to head into the main channel, I spotted a blow. The mighty humpback whale. At this point we are still a quarter mile inside the harbor. I usually don’t say anything. It’s amusing to see the excitement of passengers when they see a blow and discover there is a whale not far from us.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Our local Moss Landing humpbacks. At least a few of them have been right in this area almost everyday for going on two years now. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 07-16-2015

We have had at least a few very reliable humpback whales just outside the harbor everyday for going on two-years straight now. It’s really quite remarkable. So we’ve kind of have a routine now. We start the trip by heading over to the blows just outside the harbor. At least that’s generally been the case for most trips over the last year and a half.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Here is a close-up. This was kind of a combination lunge feed and spy hop. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com. 07-16-2015

We always like to get some decent looks right out the gate. And depending on how the whales are behaving, we either stay with them or go exploring.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Moss Landing Humpback whale goes down for a dive. Photo: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com 07-16-2015

Today the Moss Landing humpbacks were treating us pretty good. We had this one animal do a nice vertical surface lunge. So that was cool. Today we stayed out front for about an hour. After that we headed out to where we were getting reports of more whales and dolphins.

We also came across a few different mola mola’s.

About Michael Sack

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