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A sun-worshipping whale in the bay? Hope you are greeting the weekend with equal enthusiasm! Thanks to Giancarlo Thomae at Sanctuary Cruises Whale Watching.
When is a whale like a mountain? When you’re in a kayak! The bay is still teeming with humpbacks. Have you been out to see them? Thanks to Sue Adams and kayaker Cameron Logan for the great shot.
What do Aquarium staffers do in their spare time? Go whale watching of course! Thanks to Web Designer Kevin Garcia for the great shots, taken Saturday. We’re still seeing record numbers of humpbacks in Monterey Bay.
Thar be humpback whales!
Got lunch plans today? Here’s the view out our restaurant window. Thanks to Senior Guest Experience Trainer Dan Albro for the great shots!
Are these the only safe anchovies in the Monterey Bay area right now? Many believe that schools of these tiny fish are what’s bringing record numbers of humpbacks to our area!
We’re seeing more humpback whales in the bay than anyone can remember right now. And when the seas are rough, as they have been recently, our deck is one of the very best viewing spots!
(© Richard Ryan)
Whoa! We recently received these amazing images from Chad King, a research specialist at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. While on a diving trip off Big Sur, he saw more humpback whales than ever before—almost 100!
Remember the story of the humpback whale that we’ve been seeing since 2004? Well, the first calf we saw her with is back, feeding in the same place its mother used to go – right outside Moss Landing!
Here’s something to get your brain working on a Monday morning: What’s the largest creature on earth? Hint: We’ve been seeing them recently in the bay! (Steve Johnston photo)
Senior Guest Experience Trainer Steven Johnston has been following a certain humpback whale—nicknamed Big Fin—for more than a decade. But after no sightings for two years, he feared the worst. Then, in mid-May, Big Fin returned to Monterey Bay! We’ll let Steve pick up Big Fin’s story….
I first was introduced to this whale in 2004 by the captains of Sanctuary Cruises out of Moss Landing. They had nicknamed her “Big Fin” due to the unusual shape of her dorsal fin. The captains told me they had first seen her in 2001, and each year since. Each odd-numbered year she had a calf. One of the best things about Big Fin is that she almost always hung out two to three miles outside Moss Landing, so she was often the first whale we saw on the way out or the last whale we saw on the way in.
In 2008, one of our volunteers sent me a photo of a whale tail that he had taken. I e-mailed him back and said, “I know that whale!” He had sent me a photo of Big Fin without ever knowing her story!
In 2010 I was doing a presentation about humpbacks, and invited Kate, one of the captains of Blue Ocean Whale Watch, also out of Moss Landing, as my guest. As Kate looked at my photos, she yelled, “I know that whale—I have her photo in my boat for passengers!”
In 2011 I went out with Blue Ocean in June. At that point Kate had not seen Big Fin yet that year, but we were hopeful. About a mile out she spotted a blow another couple of miles out. As we got closer, Kate yelled to me that she was sure it was Big Fin. Sure enough! We could also see that the baleen in the front of her mouth is white and shriveled, perhaps due to gum disease, or possibly damage to her jaw from fishing gear. It clearly isn’t very functional. She tips her head back and uses baleen that is farther back in her mouth to filter out her food, so the damage may not be in her whole mouth.
In 2012 no one that I know saw big Fin, and we were afraid that our friend might indeed have died of old age. However, on May 14 of this year, Kate said they had seen Big Fin that morning, and picked her out in the distance by her feeding method! It’s really good to know that our old friend is still around. No calf in sight, so she may indeed be old, but she’s still here!