Our whale watching adventure began with boarding the vessel during one of our king tides. The hurdle onto the boat slowed some of our passengers down, however we were quickly on our way and rewarded With Risso’s dolphins just outside the Harbor. We were treated with some head slapping’s from a large male eager to show off, and after a few surfacings we continued on our way to see what else we could find.
After a long smooth ride on broad rolling swell, we finally found the big guys. First, a single Humpback Whale that was taking just one breathe and then disappearing beneath the water for several minutes before reappearing in an unpredictable pattern. Thankfully, while we struggled to get looks at our elusive whale, we spotted big splashes a mile away which materialized into three Humpback Whales that put on a show. Breaches, tail throws, tail slaps, and then repeated lunge feeding kept us entranced the remaining time we had before having to head home.
After the long ride back, I began to say my goodbyes to our guests when a pair of Humpbacks cut me short. They lead us back along the shores of Pacific Grove until we finally and truly had to say farewell, and return home.
Naturalist Andrew B