Plan Your Day on Monterey Bay

Plan your day on Monterey Bay as your adventure begins in the quaint fishing village of Moss Landing, with the harbor located directly at the mouth of the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon. This means less travel time and more whale watching time! The Sea Goddess is a pristine vessel Coast Guard certified for up to 93 passengers and manned by crew with more than 40 years experience.

Our goal at Sea Goddess Whale Watch is to leave you in awe of the magnificent whales and other sea life the Monterey Bay is world renowned for.

As we head out of the marina, you will enjoy some of our inner coastal marine mammals such as the sea otter, harbor seals, and a variety of sea birds. Directly out of the harbor is where all the whale activity begins! Keep your eyes open for the largest animal on the planet – the Blue Whale, our acrobatic Humpback Whale, and our lovable gray whale. Learn how to spot a whale and familiarize yourself with more Monterey Bay marine mammals so you know what to look for.

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How to Spot a Whale and Other Sea Life

It can be hard to spot a whale if you don’t know what to look for. Fortunately, our crew of  naturalists have over 25 years of experience to help you out! However, if you would like to learn more and test your skills, here are some tips that may help you see, and identify what they look like at the surface.

Scan from left to right, slowly, and then back again. Look close to shore, and look out across the horizon. Watch for anything that breaks the surface of the water.

If you are out on the water with us, we will be calling out locations relevant to the boat. Think of the boat as the center of a clock, and our naturalist will call out locations relevant to the front (bow) of the boat, which is designated as 12:00 o’clock. So, if the naturalist calls out 3:00 o’clock, that would be to the right of the front of the boat or 6:00 o’clock would be off the back (stern) of the boat.

Don’t get fooled by items floating on the surface of the water. If you spot something that stays on the surface in the same location, it’s not likely a marine mammal. Marine mammals are usually on the move and will typically surface, dive, then come up again in a different place. If you see a whale’s tail, it is likely going down for a dive, and it will be a few minutes before you see it again. Don’t forget, some whales can dive for 10 minutes, or longer, so keep looking in the general area where you first saw the blow.

Identifying factors of large whales include their blow, surfacing, and diving characteristics. Other factors to observe are:

  • Body length, color, and patterns
  • Shape of blow
  • Swimming characteristics
  • Presence and size of flippers
  • Shape of head and body shape

The first indication that you have spotted a cetacean is usually a blow, fluke, or splash.

How To Spot A Whale

Spotting Other Sea Animals

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