03-18-2016: Lunge-feeding Humpbacks Right Out Front, 300-500 Common Dolphins

Moss Landing Humpback Whale

Lunge-feeding humpback just outside of the Moss Landing Harbor. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com, 03-18-2016

We had a big change up in the system today. We had between 4 and 6 humpbacks feeding just outside the harbor entrance. Not just feeding, but surface lunge-feeding. That’s what I’m talking about. It’s been a while. So it’s nice to see some close in lunge-feeding again.

Moss Landing Whale Watch

These things just kept going at it about every ten minutes. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com, 03-18-2016.

Today we never went more than a couple of miles out. We were pretty well on the action within about five minutes of leaving the harbor and stayed with whales or dolphins for the entire three-hour trip.

Moss Landing Common Dolphins

These common dolphins were right in the middle of it all. Looks like the spring action is starting. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com, 03-18-2016

We’ll see what happens today. Check back later this evening for an update.

Moss Landing Whale Watch

We didn’t see big schools of fish at the surface. But we could see some jumping just before a big surface lunge. It looks like anchovies. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 03-18-2016.

About Michael Sack

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