Naturalist log for Thursday, October 7th: Bouncing swells tested our passengers’ mettle today, as captain Danny fearlessly led our morning trip out west in search of creatures large and strange. Early on, we sighted a scattered group of Risso’s dolphin, just offshore from Pacific Grove. Afterwards we made our way further out west, and after nearly reaching the edge of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, we deemed the seas too rough to continue on. Just as we turned tail, a humpback whale made an appearance off the port bow. We watched it for a few minutes before choosing to search for whales in the sanctity of the bay. Four more whales were sighted, and great looks were had before the time came for us to return home.