07-05-2012: Abundant Blue Whales and Humpbacks, Nice Marine Conditions

Trips Daily 6:30 AM and 10:00 AM-$50.00
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For 6:30 AM trips, call (831) 917-1042. The early morning trips are typically very calm and the most ideal conditions for finding and watching whales. It’s also the best time to have a comfortable boat ride with smooth calm marine conditions.

Blue whales and humpback whales have been abundant every day this week in the Bay as the massive krill bloom event continues. Each day is different, but plenty of whales is the constant.

We have had lots of breaching humpbacks, some close to the boat. What a thrill! Humpbacks have been surface lunging, showing us their knobby snouts.

Thursday was all about close-up encounters. A huge blue whale popped up within twenty feet of our bow today. We could look down the blowhole and the back went on forever. We hung out with this whale for over an hour and had some terrific views. The behemoth animal even rolled on its side and waved its pectoral flipper at us.

We don’t often get to observe side-swimming behavior right on the surface with the entire whale’s body exposed. We also had a trio of humpbacks buzz our boat really close, roll on their sides and show us their huge pectoral flippers. When they fluked, you could have reached out and touched it. Amazing.

About Michael Sack

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