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Humpback whales, mola mola, porpoises and more!

For the weekend August 21-23 
archive humpback whale tail with sea lions - photo: John warren

Despite smoky conditions, we were able to find humpback whales scattered around the canyon, and into the flats near Watsonville. One whale in particular has been seen regularly, and has been quite easy to follow! It spends long periods at the surface, with occasional lunge feeding. Other whales have joined in, off and on, including a juvenile that demonstrated multiple tail throws on Saturday. Mola molas, Harbor porpoise, and California sea lions have been quite abundant in the bay, adding to the diversity in sightings.

The shark park finally got a break from the east wind on Sunday afternoon. At least 9 different sharks were seen, almost all finning.

Jenny O'Leary | Wed, Aug 26, 2020 3:42 PM