Sunday, 11/7/21 Another lovely day out on Monterey Bay! Humpback whales, sea lions, gulls and pelicans.
One whale was identified as Male humpback CRC-10005 aka Train Wreck. He got his name from the many scars he shows -- the base of his tail suffered a significant entanglement, and his fluke wears plenty of scars as well…this whale was first seen (documented) January 14, 1986 off mainland Mexico and has been photographed as far north as the California/Oregon border! (Biographical sketch from happywhale.com)
"Train Wreck" (photo: Sydney Minges)
Saturday, 11/6/21 Lots and lots of Humpbacks! About 5-6 miles from Santa Cruz. We had amazing views of a mother calf pair lunge feeding and diving. One humpback individual has been identified as CRC-16359 @happywhale. This whale has been documented for over 10 years, between Monterey Bay and Baja California. Plus, we had fun discovering California sea lions, pelicans, and sea nettle jellies.
Humpback whale fluke/Happy Whale ID CRC-16359 (photo: Sydney Minges)