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Now! Great White Shark Encounters!

Great White Shark Encounters

December Humpback Whales linger and Gray Whale migration begins along Monterey Bay

Welcome to Winter time in the Bay~ December Monterey whale watching is a fine time to see multiple species of whales, dolphins, otters, sea lions, birds and even kelp!

There are still some juvenile humpbacks grazing around the north side of the Monterey Bay. One in particular has been spotted almost daily, sometimes close to the Santa Cruz shore.

The gray whale migration has begun! And the first southbound gray whales have been spotted in Monterey Bay a little way offshore.

Lately we’ve been lucky in spotting Risso’s dolphins near the canyon. There has been evidence of squid in the bay, their favorite food!

A variety of shearwaters and auklets have been seen, as well as the resident Santa Cruz Harbor osprey!

Sea lions have been regular entertainment over the last several months.

December 8-9 Weekend sightings:  5-6 humpback whales on the north side of the Monterey Bay! We got close looks at the whales and good flukes (whale tails)! 

Miscellaneous sightings on our recent Monterey whale watching trips: 
Manx Shearwaters
Ancient Murrelet, an elegantly marked diving bird of the northern Pacific Coast.

monterey whale watching shearwater manx
Manx Shearwater (photo Read more about Manx Shearwaters at Manx Shearwater - (

... and Sea Salps!
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Join us Monterey whale watching daily over Christmas break, December 26 - January 1.
All trips depart from the Santa Cruz Harbor at the north end of Monterey Bay.

Monica Reynolds | Mon, Dec 10, 2018 1:46 PM