08-11-2015: Lunge-feeding, Breaching and Tail-lobbing Humpbacks, Bow Riding Dolphins, Molas and More, Best Action So Far This Year

Monterey Bay Whale Watching

Humpback whales doing some vertical surface lunge-feeding just outside of Moss Landing. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 08-10-2015

Over the last few days, we’ve been seeing the best action this year on all trips, all day long. And the marine conditions have been excellent. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Monterey Bay long-beaked common dolphins

Monterey Bay long-beaked common dolphins. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 08-11-2015

We also saw 200-300 Long-Beaked common dolphins and large groups of the feeding and breaching humpback whales. This has been going on for the last few days. Epic sightings.
Monterey Bay Whale Watching

The lunge-feeding continues. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 08-10-2015

Most trips today had humpbacks approach the Sanctuary within 5 feet to show us some love. us some love. The afternoon trip was over the top. We had multiple lunge-feeding, breaching, tail-lobbing and more. We also saw a massive 8-foot mola mola.
Monterey Bay Whale Watching

More lunge-feeding. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 08-11-2015.

About Michael Sack

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