Author Archives: Michael Sack

About Michael Sack

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

11-14-2017: Killer Whales Just Outside The Harbor, Ten Plus Humpbacks Right Out Front

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 … Continue reading

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10-08-2017: More Lunge-feeding, Rough Conditions Make For Rough Going

More lunge-feeding, but rough conditions make the going tough. The day started out lumpy. We were pretty much rocking and rolling right out the gate. That was the word of the day. Not our normal Fall conditions. We usually don’t … Continue reading

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10-07-2017: Humpbacks Still Feeding with Sea Lions, Single Male Orca Shows Up

The feeding humpbacks are still the main show in the Monterey Bay. Most of the best action has been on the South ledge of the canyon. So that’s where we’ve been focusing. But we also came across two feeding humpbacks … Continue reading

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09-27-2017: 15-20 Humpbacks Feeding With 300-400 Sea Lions, Perfect Fall Conditions

Check out a video clip from today, 09-27-2017 The conditions continue to be stellar out there. Warm and glassy. It’s nice to only need to wear a T-shirt out there. Today we had a large aggregation of humpback whales feeding … Continue reading

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09-26-2017: Orcas and Humpbacks Going at It, Incredible Marine Conditons

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09-25-2017: Killer Whales Again, Humpback Whales, Risso’s Dolphin, Feeding Sea Otters and More

Today was incredible. Conditions were perfect all day long. We had a group of five killer whales right out the gate. So that was great. They were in hunting mode. So they were being pretty stealth and not together. Staying … Continue reading

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09-24-2017: Incredible Lunge-feeding Event for Afternoon Trip, Nice Conditions All Day Long, Beautiful Sunset

Check some awesome video from today’s trip Fall conditions are really setting in. We had incredible conditions all day long today. On the 02:00 pm trip we were lucky enough to get on a handful of humpbacks that were engaged … Continue reading

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09-23-2017: Same Killer Whales for Five Days in Row

Check out a video clip from today We’ve had an incredible run of killer whales for the last five days. They’ve mainly been hunting sea lions. Upon closer looks at photo’s we’ve been taking, we also see that they’ve taken … Continue reading

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09-20-2017: Humpback Whales and Lively Orcas, Nice Conditions

We had reports early on of orcas just outside the harbor. So as soon as we left the harbor-mouth we made a course and headed to the orca action going on about ten-minutes out. Turns out there were five of … Continue reading

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09-17-2017: Scattered Humpbacks, Sea Lions Feeding Together, Breaching Humpbacks and More

We’ve been having scattered humpbacks lately. But they’re putting a great show once we get to the right spot. Early on we heard reports of feeding humpbacks just off the beach in Marina. But we wanted to at least get … Continue reading

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Conditions were gorgeous for most of the trip. Forecast winds and storms were nowhere to be found in the morning, so we spent some time just cruising through scattered humpbacks feeding with sea lions and common murres just below the … Continue reading

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08-31-2017: Fall Conditions Are Here and The Humpbacks Are Continue The Feeding Frenzy In Front of Moss Landing

A massive humpback whale ┬álunge-feeds next to our boat. Photo: Sack, 08-29-2017 Incredible encounter on the afternoon trip a couple of days ago. It was hard to leave. These things were feasting on anchovies at the surface for over an … Continue reading

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08-15-2017: Incredible Humpback Whale Spectacle Feeding With Sea Lions in Front of Moss Landing

This humpback kept spyhoping. This is when they pop their big head out of the water to take a look around. Photo: Sack Humpback whale in front the Moss Landing Marine Lab building just outside of Moss Landing Harbor. Photo; … Continue reading

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08-09-2017: Humpback Whales Still Feeding in Large Numbers in Front of Moss Landing, Risso’s Dolphins Show up, Elephant Seals and More

Humpback whales fluke up as they go down for a dive. Photo: Michael Sack, 08-09-2017 Check out this incredible friendly whale encounter we had a few days ago. Just amazing. Friendly humpback Whale Video The amazing humpback whale action continues … Continue reading

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07-31-2017: Humpback Whale Surface Feeding Continues in Front of Moss Landing

Check out this humpback whale lunge-feeding video. Here is some drone footage from yesterday morning’s trip! You can not only see the humpback whales lunge feed among the sea lions, but watch for them underneath the surface as they twist … Continue reading

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