Between multiple storms and fixing our beautiful sailing ketch up for chartering, we have been taking a break from whale watching trips, only running about 2-3 times a week recently. But each time we do get out there it is real nice. Yesterday was a treat. As we were leaving the harbor mouth at Moss I scanned the immediate bird activity hoping for our faithful pair of “hang around” humpbacks. Locating whale blows about half a mile south and there we go. Well, to our surprise, it wasn’t our humpbacks at all. It was the first pair of Gray Whales to be spotted on Monterey Bay this season!
Amazingly, this pair hung right at the edge of the surf zone while continuing their southward migration. We pondered if they had an encounter with the Orcas that were in the bay the day prior. We could see their entire bodies in the cresting waves. Amazing.