Killer whales just outside of the Moss Landing Harbor. Photo: Sack, 11-14-2017
Today we had a pod of five killer whales show up just outside the Moss Landing Harbor. We had eyes on them before we even left the harbor. That’s why Moss Landing is the best harbor in the Monterey Bay to leave from for whale watching. Both ledges of the deep Monterey Bay submarine canyon start right at the entrance to the Moss Landing Harbor.
This is a 3D bathymetric chart of the Monterey Bay. You can see how the Monterey Bay submarine canyon begins at the entrance to the Moss Landing Harbor. Killer whales often follow the edge of the canyon when they are travelling up and down the coast. So the ledges on both sides of the Monterey Bay submarine canyon lead the killer whales to an area just outside our harbor. That’s why Moss Landing is one of the best places in the world to view marine mammals.
Male killer whale on the prowl. Photo: Sack, 11-14-2017.