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Monterey Bay Whale Sightings over Winter and early Spring 2018

JANUARY 1 & 2, 2018 Happy New Year! We’ve been thrilled to see both humpback whales and gray whales on Monterey Bay this week. Good visits with otter, sea lions and harbor seals, friendly dolphins and lots of jellies just under the surface.

January 7, 2018 Fabulous gray whales today! Now through April is our winter Gray Whale season. 20,000 California Gray Whales pass through our bay waters on their annual winter migration between Alaska and Baja California.

January 13, 2018 What?! Winter blues? We saw a blue whale in January on Monterey Bay! (photo Michael Nelson)

bluw whale monterey bay

January 14, 2018, we found a pair of active humpback whales who showed lots of synchronized diving and fluking up and, just as we were about to head back, a big breach near the boat!

January 15, 2018 Monday whale watching we spent time with grays and humpback whales.

January 20, 2018 We saw gray whales and humpback whales--and birds! --on board Velocity.

January 21, 2018 Gray whales – breaching! Plus, our winter humpback whales.

February 2, 2018 – We found 4 humpback whales, 1 breached! It was a beautiful day out on the water, with the gorgeous and mysterious “Fata Morgana” aquatic mirage suggesting fairy castles along the cliffs of Monterey Bay! (photo: Michael Nelson)

February 4, 2018 SUPER BOWL ~ SUPER SIGHTING! Gray whales were out at Pleasure Point, Humpbacks near the Soquel Canyon at the north center of Monterey Bay, California sea lions at the mile buoy near Santa Cruz.

February 9, 2018  Humpback whales about 3 miles out from Santa Cruz. Gray whales & sea otters offshore near the Santa Cruz Harbor. Dolphins & sea lions at play near the beaches. a beautiful day for whale watching in Monterey Bay!

February 11, 2018, we spotted about 300 common dolphins! Plus, 1 gray whale and 3 humpback whales; one humpback came so close to the boat he got spout on the windows! Jellies, and a pair of romantic otters in the harbor. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 17, 2018: Wow – one of our humpback whales is breaching again and again! Saw at least 20 humpback whales, surface behavior multiple breaching, great whale show! We started the trip today with gray whales on migration through Monterey Bay.

February 18, 2018 Lots of gray whales near Natural Bridges at the north end of Monterey Bay.

February 19, 2018 Awesome humpback whales near Wilder Ranch just north of Santa Cruz, lots of surface activity: surface lunge, tail slaps, tail throws. We had 2 gray whales breaching, and for the birders, northern fulmars joining the feed.

March, 2018: Throughout the monthof March we had a mixed bag of whales, dolphins and birds in Monterey Bay. On various days we saw humpback whales, gray whales, dolphins, albatross. Photos: Michael Nelson

monterey bay whale watching

Monterey Bay whale watching

Monterey Bay whale watching Gray whale

March 31, 2018: Gray whales and black footed albatross! The gray whales were near West Cliff Drive hugging the Santa Cruz coastline as they head north to Alaska. The black footed albatross was flying near the Monterey Canyon center of Monterey Bay.

April 1, 2018: Happy Easter! Sunday, we saw gray whales again along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, gray whales breaching, and Steller sea lion lounging on the mile buoy.

Breaching gray whale April 1, 2018 -  Joy on Monterey Bay! (photo: Michael Nelson)Monterey Whale Watching breaching gray

April 3, 2018: Today on Monterey Bay: Gray whales, humpback whales, Pacific white sided dolphins, killer whales and albatross! The humpback whales did tail slaps and a breach!

April 5, 2018 – Gray whales, humpback whales, a glimpse of orcas in the distance.

April 8, 2018 – Lots of humpback whales, Santa Cruz side of Monterey Bay.

April 14, 2018 Orca! (killer whales), plus, humpback whales, and albatross today.

Orca monterey bay

Sunday, April 15: Pacific White sided dolphins, Northern right whale dolphins, Gray whales, Humpback whales, Black footed Albatross, Sooty shearwaters. Monterey Bay wildlife is vibrant and active!

Dolphin Monterey Bay


humpback whale Monterey Bay

April 21, 2018 – 12 orcas, 2 humpbacks. The humpback whales will make themselves scarce when the killer whales come around to hunt in Monterey Bay.

April 22, 2018 – Active humpback whales over the canyon! They are back to feeding over Monterey submarine canyon today.

April 23, 2018 – Right away we found a gray whale mother and calf just outside of the harbor; gray whales are on their northbound migration back to the Bering Sea in Alaska for the summer months. We then cruised down to the Monterey Bay Canyons mid-bay to spend time with humpback whales. They showed us tail throws, and a breach nearby to the boat!

Friday, April 27 – Humpback whales, Orca, and a rogue blue whale!

Sunday, April 29 – Fantastic humpback whales in action. Several whales head-slapping for some time. You never know what activities the wildlife will get up to in Monterey Bay.

ORCA VIDEO FROM 4/27 by Hannah Browne - Thanks, Hannah!

Join us for year-round whale watching and wildlife adventure on Monterey Bay! Great family fun. Welcome aboard!

Monica Reynolds | Tue, Jan 2, 2018 5:46 PM