July 12, 2010

Whale Watching in Monterey Bay

We read in the weekend newspaper that large numbers of blue whales and humpback whales were feeding on krill in Monterey Canyon. With one day left before heading out of town, I signed up for a whale watching opportunity with the girls. The experience was pretty fun for the kids (not totally awesome because my 5 year old would have preferred ice cream) - but absolutely magical for me. With one hand holding onto my youngest's life jacket, and the other balancing a tippy camera, I managed to snap a few shots and a short 30 second video during our 4 hour boat ride. If you are curious about a trip, check out Monterey Bay Whale Watch at http://www.gowhales.com/.

The blowhole of a friendly humpback whale

Humpback whale head and mouth

Humpback whale back

Humpback whale turning over with fin

Scanning the horizon for blue whales, seeing the "footprint"

Spotting the blue whale

Short video clip of the sightings

Me, on the boat ride back to harbor, totally content

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Amy @ The Q Family said...

That's an amazing experience! How neat to be able to have an impromptu for such a trip like this. I can tell from your photo how happy and excited you are! :)

Debi said...

I'm totally jealous! Kids whale watching & humpbacks to boot? You rock, mama!

Jen said...

That is so cool!!! Was that your daughter saying "the humpback whale said hello"?!? Too cute!

Sharlene said...

I remember when a humpback whale and its calf went up the Sacramento Deep Water channel and ended up hanging out in the Port of Sacramento for about a week. At the time I lived less than a miole from the port so I would take the kids in the stroller every day up to see the whales. It was such a neat experience but I think it would be that much cooler to see them in their intended environment!

maria said...

how wonderful! your kids must have been thrilled, what a fabulous thing to do!

Carolina said...

Oooohhh, you're my day trip hero for the summer. I will need to find time to fit this in, I think I can get over my seasick fears and get on the boat for those whales.