Sunday, March 20, 2011

Leviathans Next Door: Blue Whales in Monterey

Last August, we spent the day on a whale watch off the Monterey, California coast.  While the weather was chilly and overcast, it was a spectacular day as we saw 5 blue whales and 25 to 30 humpback whales.  Here are some shots of the largest animal ever known on earth: the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus).  We were lucky to see two travelling together as well as a mother and her calf.  They dwarfed our boat and seemed like stealthy submarines gliding through the depths.


Blue Whale Diving with Calf Nearby
Blue Whale Diving with Calf Nearby


Blue Wale in Waters off Pebble Beach
Blue Whale off Pebble Beach
Two Blue Whales
Two Blue Whales
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