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Winter Whale Watching


Monterey Bay is one of the few places in the world that has whales all year long. We are in full swing of the winter season and it continues to be very active. The Gray Whales have embarked on their long 10,000-12,000 mile journey south from their feeding grounds in Alaska to their warm water breeding ground of Baja. As they make their way south they cross the deep waters of the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon and hug the beautiful Monterey Peninsula coastline often seen just off shore.
Monterey’s summertime favorite the Humpback whales have made their way south to their warm water breeding ground however a few have decided to stay behind. There still has been some food spotted in the bay and the humpbacks have been making occasional appearances exhibiting feeding behavior. Will they stick around all winter or eventually head south with the rest of the population?

Several species of Dolphins continue to come and go through the area including the Orcas (Killer whales) have been passing through the area as well. The dolphins don’t follow the cold water feeding ground warm water breeding ground migration as the baleen whales do. They move through the area throughout the year showing up in Monterey Bay whenever they feel like it.

Monterey Bay is one of the few places in the world that has whales and dolphins all year long. This winter is turning out to be filled with quite a bit of activity so join us as we see what the rest of the season has in store!