Whale Watching in Monterey Bay

In elementary school I did The Voyage of the Mimi program, kick-starting a lifelong love of whales and sea shanties.

Whale watching in Monterey Bay

In middle school I bought a kit to adopt a whale, and her name was Buckshot. (Thanks for taking me to Cape Cod, Auntie N and Uncle N!) I still have the photo of her tail and fluke patterns, you know, so I’d recognize her when out on the high seas.

Whale watching in Monterey Bay

Whale watching in Monterey Bay

All this to say, I have been super excited about living near the ocean this month and the opportunity to see some whales! We took a morning cruise on the Princess Monterey and saw two humpback whales swimming together. It was pretty amazing.

On the way back to the wharf, we passed by a group of sea lions lounging on a buoy, and then a whole jetty full of them! The ones swimming around with their fins up are regulating their temperatures, not pretending to be sharks.

Sea lions in Monterey Bay

Sea lions in Monterey Bay

Sea lions in Monterey Bay

Walking around the wharf after the cruise, we also spotted a big pelican and two sea otters playing in the water. (The sea otters are those two blobs between the buoys—a NatGeo contest winner for sure.)

Pelican? in Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay Sea Otters

Ok, back to whales. Sometimes, we can see them from the apartment! Do you see that small patch of white below, between the top of the building and the land? That’s the spray from a humpback whale! Sometimes they wave hello with their fins! #humblebrag #sorrynotsorry #havingawhaleygoodtime

 

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