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This #WhaleWednesday, lunge for lunch! Humpback whales corral schools of anchovies with air bubbles and swim through them, mouths gaping. A single humpback can consume up to 3,000 lbs per day!
(Photo: Efren B. Adalem)
Whales? Check. Dolphins? Check. Seals, sea lions and otters? Triple check! Monterey Bay is still teeming with marine mammals. On Friday, staff and guests spotted eight different species from our wildlife viewing station—in 30 minutes!
(Top photo: Dan Albro, Bottom photos: Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com)
It’s #WhaleWednesday! Have you been enjoying this amazing season on the bay?
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Jumping for joy? Scientists have speculated about why whales—like this humpback calf—breach. Communication? To remove parasites? Or maybe it just feels good to be alive in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!
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(Thanks to Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises for the great photo!)
The ocean sunfish and by-the-wind sailor are so nice, scientists named them twice! Watch as a Mola mola munches a Velella velella! Thanks to staffers Anneliese Kupfrian and Patrick Webster for the great video!
Have you seen them? With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our decks. Awkward on land, they’re sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal.
(Photo: Gene Barclift)
It’s Get into Your Sanctuary Day! We hope you get a chance to visit the amazing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and celebrate healthy oceans. Established in ‘92, it’s home to an amazing variety of whales, dolphins and other sea life. We’re so lucky to have it!
Have you gotten “into” the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Here’s just one more reason: celebrate Get Into Your Sanctuary Day this Saturday, August 2! Why not visit the beach, go whale watching, or (blush) visit the Aquarium?
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Humpbacks aren’t the only species enjoying a bountiful summer in the bay—leatherback turtles are also being seen on local whale watching trips. This great shot from Jodi Frediani shows one enjoying a delicious meal of jellies.
Did you know it’s our state marine reptile?
What a show! If you haven’t gone whale-watching—or spied them off our ocean-view decks—you better get going! It’s turning out to be another fantastic year. Massive schools of anchovies are attracting hundreds of dolphins, seals, birds and these gentle giants—it’s a feeding frenzy!
Some boats are seeing 70 whales spread over several miles. Humpbacks are one of the more common baleen whales in the sanctuary, mostly during summer and fall as they feast on krill and schools of anchovies and sardines. A humpback can consume up to 3,000 pounds per day! They use use air bubbles to herd, corral or disorient fish. They often feed in the same spot for several days, making these whales easy to find. Humpbacks are the favorite of many whale-watchers, as these whales frequently perform aerial displays, such as breaching or slapping the surface with their pectoral fins, tails, or heads. These whales are believed to winter in the coastal waters of Mexico and Central America and like blue whales, are still considered endangered.