“Porpoising” long-beaked common dolphins. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 01-15-2017 Another epic day on the bay. It looks like we could have winter feeding humpbacks this year. There were at least 8 out in front of Moss Landing today. More long-beaked common dolphins. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 01-15-2017. There were also some straggler gray whales passing… Read More


California Gray Whale

One of the three mating gray whales we were with today. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 01-14-2017 Incredible day on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Sunny conditions and calm seas. Doesn’t get much better for Winter whale watching. Spy-hopping gray whale. Photo: Michael Sack, sanctuarycruises.com 01-14-2017 We came across some common dolphins right outside the… Read More


About 300 long-beaked common dolphins come up along side of the boat. Photo: Chace Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 12-03-2016. We’ve been having some of the best trips of the year over the last couple of weeks. The marine conditions and weather. We’ve also had some great light for photographs. It’s a great time to get out and… Read More


This was our biologist Vicky Stein’s photo from today, which was a good day but tough for photography. Lots of great lunges, though, and absolute bird chaos. We had pelicans, terns, gulls (Bonaparte’s, Heerman’s, westerns), murres, cormorants, and parasitic jaegers all over the place. This is an indication of the abundance of small schooling fish… Read More


“Fat Fin” on the prowl just outside of Moss Landing. Photo: Chase Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 09-14-2016 We are definitely settling into our Fall weather pattern. Warm and sunny with calm, smooth ocean conditions. All day long. And then there are animals. They seem to be coming closer to Moss Landing. At least that was the case… Read More


Orcas on the prowl. Photo: Chase Dekker, sanctuarycruises.com 09-06-2016. We’re well into our Fall weather pattern. The conditions have been generally good. We’ve still been having some overcast days, so that’s not so great. But the marine conditions have been calm and great for getting out on The Bay. So that’s always nice. A humpback… Read More