09-02-2015: The Lunge-feeding Continues in Front of Moss Landing, Common Dolphins, Birds, Sea Lions in Feeding Frenzy

Monterey Bay Breaching Humpback Whale

This young humpback breached about 20-times. Photo: Michael Sack, 09-02-2015.

Moss Landing continues to be the hotspot for marine life. The anchovies just keep on showing up. There is no place else in the world where within 10-minutes of leaving our harbor you can be with 20-30 humpback whales sharing a feeding frenzy with hundreds of common murres, brown pelicans, sooty shearwaters, pink-footed shearwaters, cormorants, seagulls, common dolphins, sea otters and more. Moss Landing is truly one of the marine life wonders of the world.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

The BBC Big Blue Live crew shooting some amazing footage in front of Moss Landing aboard the NOAA boat “Fulmar.” Most of the amazing footage they shot didn’t seem to make it on to the show for some reason. Time constraints I’m sure. ¬†They’ve been shooting for the last couple of weeks and I have seen for myself some of the incredible action they were filming. Keep checking the Captain’s Log and we’ll be showing you more awesome footage of what happens out here. I plan on shooting a lot more video as we move forward. Photo: Michael Sack, 09-02-2015.

The sound is incredible. The squacking father murres and their chirping chicks, seagulls, the blows of the mighty humpback whale, the occasional thunderous smack of a breaching humpback. It’s amazing auditory experience. Often times I’ll shut off the engines and this really adds to our multi-sensory marine life experience.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Humpback whale doing a sub-surface lunge. Photo: Michael Sack, 09-02-2015.

Moss Landing Humpback Whales

Humpback whale lunging in front of Moss Landing. Photo: Michael Sack, 09-02-2015.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

A kayaker gets up close and personal with a surface lunge-feeding humpback. Photo: Michael Sack, 09-02-2015.

About Michael Sack

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