Monterey Bay has been the source of news stories recently for the abundance of whales residing locally these past couple months while feeding on an unusually large number of anchovies. So yesterday, on the coldest day of 2013 when the temperature did not even reach 50 F. in Monterey, I embarked on a whale watching tour. The sun was shining bright in clear skies and I wore plenty of warm layered clothing.
New York Times: With Extra Anchovies, Deluxe Whale Watching (Nov 25, 2013).
ABC News: Whales, Dolphins Putting on Spectacular Show in Monterey Bay (Nov 30, 2013).
After paying $33 to Chris’ Whale Tours ($2 off regular $35 price for mentioning the website), I headed out on Monterey Bay to check whale tails myself. And it was amazing. I am not sure how many whales I saw, but the number of humpback whales I spotted was in the 30 to 50 range in a one hour period. This is compared to a 7-day Alaska cruise in August 2007 where I saw one whale.