03-11-2012: The first Humpback of the Year, more Gray Whales, Glassy Conditions

We saw our first humpback of the year. So that’s good news. We’ll keep an eye on things and hope that more start to show up. We also had a glimpse of a stealthy gray whale and heard reports of plenty of others coming through.

The humpback we were with was also very stealthy. We had a hard time keeping track of it. But we did get a couple of decent looks at it’s tail fluke. It seemed to be a younger animal. Definitely not a full-sized humpback. We covered a lot of water today. We were clearly in the gray whale zone in between pulses. Because we heard reports of at least ten other grays throughout The Bay and we only saw one.

We could have gone to what was reported to be a handful of evasive grays early in the trip. But we decided to go check out a report of the first humpback of the year a few miles south. We ended up off of Cypress Point hoping that this humpback put on a show for us. But instead, it didn’t want anything to do with us.

So after about an hour we just moved on. We headed into deeper water hoping to find something else. But it was pretty quiet out there. Although we did have nice boat ride in. The conditions were very calm and most of us just enjoyed the ride and being out on the water.

It looks like to coming week is going to be a bit stormy. So we will likely be cancelling most of our weekday trips in the coming days. Give us a call and we’ll give you an update. We’re hoping for clearing conditions for Friday.

About Michael Sack

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