09-2-2013 So Many Humpbacks

Moss Landing Humpback Whale Spy Hop

Spy-hopping humpback whale. Photo: Peter Hutchinson.

Today we had to go out a few miles to find whales, but once we did we hit the jackpot! The circling close to Moss Landing came to an end a few days ago.

Here are some photos that we are posting from a trip the day before. They were all photographed by passenger Peter Hutchinson. This is what we’ve been seeing lately.

Moss Landing Humpback Whale Breach

Chronic Breacher. Photo: Peter Hutchinson.

The good news is the whales are more actively feeding and there are more whales. We had whales on both sides of the boat, in front of the boat and sometimes behind the boat too. We got to see all of the wonderful humpback behaviors we hope for – breaching (from a distance, but a synchronous double breach), tail lobbing, lungefeeding, pec fin slapping, trumpeting and a few close swim bys.

Moss Landing Breaching Humpback

This humpback just kept breaching. Photo: Peter Hutchinson.

We even got some intense whiffs of whale breath. The most unusual sighting was a huge mola (ocean sunfish) that breached clear of the water twice. You never know what you will see out there. We still have some space on tomorrow’s trip, Tuesday.

Moss Landing Humpback whale breaching

Humpback breaching again and again and again… Photo: Peter Hutchinson.

Then we take a few well-deserved days off the water and back out on Friday through Monday for 10 am trips. Come on out!

About Michael Sack

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