04-18-2013 Delightful Day aboard Sanctuary

Finally we had some decent weather. It’s been almost two weeks of difficult, windy conditions and lumpy seas. We had a few pesky lumps come through, but there was very little wind good conditions overall.

We had two cooperative humpback whales 30 minutes out the gate. So that was a nice change. We still didn’t see the large amount of krill we were expecting. So we will see what happens today. After two weeks of major wind events with nice sun, we would expect there to be major krill blooms. They may still be further out and it’s just a matter of time before the currents bring them in closer. After all they are plankton. Plankton is an organism or animal that goes with the flow of the currents.

Northern Fur Seal

Northern Fur seal hanging out in The Bay. Photo: Sack, 04-19-2013

We also heard other reports of at least 4-6 more humpback whales further to the south. They all seemed to be heading west. So maybe they know something we don’t. Like larger krill blooms outside. We may consider heading to the outer Bay today just to check things out.

We had some great looks at about 300+ Risso’s Dolphins. They were a lot more active than we usually see. A couple of times I saw two or three of them surfing a swell as they came completely out of the water. We usually only see common dolphins or pacific white-sided dolphins do this. So that was kind of wild. The Risso’s were also doing a lot of breaching and tail slapping.

A massive Steller Sea Lion hanging out in the Moss Landing Harbor with a young California Sea Lion posting up on his back. Photo: Sack, 04-12-2013

A massive Steller Sea Lion hanging out in the Moss Landing Harbor with a young California Sea Lion posting up on his back. Photo: Sack, 04-12-2013

The water was so clear out there that you could see fleets of dolphins charging at us through the swell, their light bodies appearing bluish-green through the translucent swells. Just breathtaking!

Then on the way in we had a great look at a Northern Fur Seal. I always like to these animals. They aren’t afraid of us and sometimes even will come up to the boat.

To top it all off, the huge Steller sea lion was hauled out on the dock at Moss Landing upon our return. Did I mention the calm comfortable conditions and clear skies (i.e. sunshine)? It was a fine day on the bay!

About Michael Sack

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