|The Velocity from Stagnaros|
Quick stop at the Santa Cruz one mile marker to visit with a few sea lions - even a rare stellar seal! They were so funny to watch. All around the marker were other seals and sea lions trying to get up on the buoy, but the biggest ones were growling and scaring the other ones off.
Then, our captain and crew spotted them. Oh my, I get goosebumps just reliving those few hours with these majestic animals!
Monterey-Santa Cruz Bay is rumored to have over 100 humpback whales visiting right now. Literally, our boat was surrounded by them! Some were so close, we could smell their bad "fishy" breath as they breached and blew out their blowholes and then swam within feet of the boat; flipped their barnacle-adorned tails and dove underneath. I would suspect showing off just a little...
The humpbacks were gorging themselves on an abundance of anchovies, and then the seals and pelicans would jump and dive all over the leftovers! I don't think that I ever seen that many seals and sea lions in one place - jumping, frolicking and "barking" with joy. (not sure if you see them in this image - but I hope so!)
I want to go back this weekend...
Hope you enjoyed a few of the pics, unfortunately my "regular" Canon camera memory card went on the fritz and I lost all of the images on my "real" camera so these are from my iphone. Not the greatest, but wanted to have something to chronicle our trip.
If you ever get a chance to go whale watching, GO!
A few things to note:
1. The boat is rockin' and rollin' on the open ocean - so make sure wear the right kind of shoes to be able to stand steady and not slide on the deck.
2. Bring an extra sweater, sweatshirt or jacket. Even if there is sun on shore, there is wind, and mist on the ocean,
3. Picnic lunch is difficult to eat on board when you are being tossed in the waves - might consider eating before or after! Stagnaro's does have a small galley on board to buy lunch, but still difficult to eat without making a mess.
4. Bring extra batteries and memory card for camera. Kicking myself for this failure...
Have a great weekend!