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I went Whale watching yesterday and saw quite a few Humpback whales in the Monterey Bay.  I sailed out of Santa Cruz with the Stagnaro’s boat crew on the Legacy.

Here she is with some of the crew prepping her for our trip.

The Legacy_IMG_6818

We sailed out about 2 miles into Moneterey Bay where their sister ship Velocity was already spotting whales.

We saw several flukes and spouts of breath, and heard them too! A couple of times the whales were so close to the ship I couldn’t focus on them!

Hump Back Fluke_DMZ8019

The Monterey Bay is a popular place for whales of several species to feed because there’s plenty of food there.   I talked about the Submarine Canyon before in this post from a Whale watching trip last year here .

I didn’t see any Breaching or lunge feeding this time, but I was thrilled to see the spouting or blowing, and their flukes above the water.

2 Humpback Whales This was the second time I’d been whale watching with this company. It had been 5 yrs since I went out with them. I recommend them highly.

I have more images to share, and to tell you about an exciting sighting I saw on Saturday  which was a Leucistic Hummingbird which I’ll be sharing with you later this week.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 80-200mm + Tamron 1.4TC| Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| PS CC 2017

More to come…



  1. What an awesome adventure, Deborah, I would LOVE to do a whale trip some day. Adding it to my bucket list!! 🙂

    • It was fun! I hope to be able to go again one day. I hope you’re able to scratch this off your Bucket List!

      If your list is anything like mine it just keeps getting longer rather than shorter. There’s so much I want to see and do!

  2. I had to go back one week to play catch up on my friend, Deborah’s photographs with posts.
    The whale’s tail, “fluke,” captures were enchanting. I felt like it was a mermaid’s tail flicking; only it was a real live mammal’s tail! hugs xo
    Onward to the other fantastic posts I missed since last week!

    • Thank you so much Robin! When I’m out about over the week-end I don’t spend much time on the computer so I get really behind with blogs I follow. I’m still playing catch up from the week-end!

  3. What an awesome experience Deborah! Beautiful pictures!

  4. Wow! a 14 hour nap. Maybe I’d better get myself some of that stuff~I haven’t slept in several days and am getting a bit wrung out.
    But BESIDES that, wow, what a wonderful experience! I recall getting to go out whale watching as a child, before we moved away from CA. (boo hoo!) I was awestruck as well, and have never forgotten it. I’m so glad you get to go periodically.

    • Me too!

      Oh dear, I hope you’re able to sleep. Perhaps some melatonin supplements before bed is something you should look into? When insomnia rears its ugly head my way I add that back to my supplements.

      • I looked into that some years ago but it is dangerous for a bipolar to take it; something about our metabolism. Over the years I’ve learned that these bouts eventually pass if I stay relaxed about it. I hadn’t heard that dramamine causes sleepiness, though. Interesting.

        • Oh gosh! I never thought of it as being dangerous, although I do know to check to make sure nothing is at odds with any other meds you might be taking.

          I hope waiting it out til exhaustion sets in doesn’t take too long! I get so fuzzy headed when I haven’t had enough sleep followed by Grumpy. 🙂

          Hoping you’re staying relaxed and get some rest this week! xx

  5. amazing place watching is on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos!

  6. and all the gulls too! What a great adventure! Wonderful shots Deb!

  7. Must have been an awesome experience. Great post!

  8. What a blast, Deborah! Lovely pics:) Still haven’t taken a trip to see the whales!

  9. So cool. I get seasick so no boats for me but I’ve been in the water with them in Laguna and amazing amazing!

    • Oh wow to be in the water with them would be amazing!

      I got seasick with the Blue Ocean company last year b/c the captain was spinning the boat. I can’t do spins. I can do swells, and up and down all day long, but not spins. So I went back to Stagnaro’s company this year. They didn’t spin the boat the first time I went out with them so I thought they’d be a better fit for me. Plus I took Dramamine just in case.
      As I thought. The captain did not spin the boat. I didn’t get sick, but the Dramamine made me so sleepy despite getting non drowsy. I came home and went to bed and slept for 14 hours. I haven’t slept like that since hitting my mid 30’s. 🙂

  10. So cool! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!

  11. Whale watching is on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos! 🙂

    • Thank you for looking and for the comment! I hope you get to cross this off your bucket list one day.

  12. How exciting! We did something similar in Costa Rica and saw a mother and baby. I’d love to do another trip like that (or yours) again some day.


    • Your trip sounds exciting! I’ve not seen a calf and Mom close up. That would be really neat.

      Thanks Janet!

  13. Beautiful! What a great day that must have been! Totally envy you, always longed to see a whale up close!

  14. You’re good! I’ve never been able to actually capture a whale at the surface. I have lots of photos of water where I’ve missed the whale completely.

  15. Great shots Deborah. I love the water rolling of the back. It looks like a waterfall. I can’t wait to see more and the Humningbird!

  16. Lovely Monterey Bay. Looks like a super time.

  17. Fabulous Deborah! You lucky thang!!!!

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