Friday, July 16, 2010

More whales from kayak

Heard reports of lots of ways out in Monterey Bay chasing huge quantities of krill, so decided to check it out. Matt K. was nice enough to join me, which was good, as we would be going very far out (over 5 miles from shore - see track in picture to the right).

Two videos I took are below. The videos are of different individuals, so may not even be the same type of whale.

Some conversations going around as to what type of whale they are - blue, humpback, or fin are the most common mentioned. The first video (showing the fluke) looks to be a blue). The second video has a larger dorsal fin than would be expected for a blue, so perhaps is a fin whale. But fin whales don't normally show their flukes when they dive, and this guy did. And no reports of fins in the area from the whale watch boats. Maybe a humpback? But I got some shots of a humpback in the same area a few years ago, and there were much smaller than this (video clip at

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At 10:11 PM, Blogger Nobue said...

They are both great motion pictures! Especially the first one is amazingly perfect!

この画像を、ピーターさんが発行している雑誌に載せる予定はありますか? 次号の表紙にしたら素晴らしいと思います。

I had a stop at Montery 3 years ago and went to see the coast shortly. But I didn't have any chance to see such great moment.
I'm jealous you!

At 9:51 AM, Blogger PeterD said...


The whales we not close to shore, so you would need to get on a boat to see them.

After further review, it appears the first one (that shows the whale's tail) is a blue whale, while the second video is a humpback whale. Good luck to be able to see 2 types of whales in 1 day.

The videos I got were decent, but I did not get any decent photos. So I will not be using any in the magazine.


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