2 adult passes for Monterey Bay Whale Watch based in Monterey, Ca.
Owner and Captain Nancy Black has a Master's of Marine Science degree from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (focusing on Pacific White-sided Dolphin and Killer Whales). For over 25 years she has worked with cetaceans in Monterey Bay, including as the primary investigator for the Oceanic Society's whale and dolphin research program. She conducted spotted dolphin research off the Bahamas for six seasons, aerial surveys for marine mammals off California with Cascadia Research, and field research on Alaskan killer whales with the National Marine Mammal Lab for 12 seasons. Nancy has been photo-identifying Monterey Bay killer whales and studying their distribution, natural history, and behavior for 25 years.
She owns a whale watching company in Monterey Bay and enjoys taking people out to show and educate them about the wildlife of Monterey Bay.
Humpback Whales and Blue Whales migrate to central California waters each year to feed during summer and fall. Monterey Bay is a prime feeding location for these whales. The whales often concentrate in a variety of locations within the Bay depending on movements and abundance of the their primary prey -- anchovies and krill.
The entire Gray Whale population migrates past the Monterey coastline every winter and spring. These whales have one of the longest animal migrations known, traveling over 12,000 miles from their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to their winter breeding grounds in Baja California and back again. Gray whales are easily observed as they hug the coastline during migration. Gray whales are present off Monterey from mid-December through mid-May. Several species of dolphins and porpoise are also present at this time, including Common Dolphins, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Dall's Porpoise, Harbor Porpoise, and Killer Whales! Sea Otters, California Sea Lions, and Harbor Seals are seen on all trips.
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