(Photo by Jenna Slovis during one of the most historic whale viewing times in our local history, October 2011)
Whales and Wildlife Private Cruise for Women April 9th with Optional Lunch Afterwards: 8:30am-2:30pm $65
(Featuring Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Various Dolphins including possible Orca sightings)
Join Blue Water Ventures on our Spring Whales and Wildlife Cruise on Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We hope to encounter a variety of whales, dolphins, pinnipeds and seabirds all while enjoying the comfort of our 43 foot "green" vessel The Sanctuary, based in Moss Landing Harbor. Gray Whales with their plump babies in tow are en route to their feeding grounds in Alaska. We are very excited by the possibility of seeing incredible whale behavior such as lunge feeding, tail slapping, breaching or spy hopping. Humpback whales are known for their friendly behavior where a whale chooses to come along side our vessel for a closer look.
Though not on every cruise, such intimate wildlife encounters have been described by past clients as "life altering".
We hope you can join us on this thrilling naturalist-led day with our local marine mammals.
Our whale watching charters have mostly sold out most very time so don't delay in contacting us!
Blue Water Ventures is very excited to offer a new venue for viewing the incredible whales and wildlife of Monterey Bay. We have partnered with Sanctuary Cruises based in Moss Landing to offer a private wildlife cruise for women aboard the only sustainable charter boat in our area. We are pleased to report that our Coast Guard certified charter boat "The Sanctuary" operates on recycled vegetable oil rather than fossil fuels. We have been able to get enough interest in the majority of our trips for women to keep it as a private charter. However, if we don't meet the minimun number, other whale watchers may join us. Our group will get the full attention of the Blue Water Ventures crew!
TO REGISTER: email Kim Powell t at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once confirmed, send a check in the amount of $65 made payable to Blue Water Ventures to: 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 30 days in advance of trip date. Space on the roster is guaranteed when payments are received and in the order that we receive them.
You may also pay for the trip using a Card Credit via Pay Pal. Please visit our Payment Center for instructions.
We expect this trip to be very popular so please make your reservations soon and join us for lunch afterwards at the Haute Enchilada (lunch fees not included).
Make it a weekend adventure and join us hiking to witness the Elephant Seals of Ano Nuevo and tidepooling on Saturday, April 8th
TIMING FOR THE DAY:
8:30am: Our day will begin observing wildlife from land in North Moss Landing Harbor. Viewing from an overlook at the Sea Harvest Restaurant, is a great opportunity to observe and photograph sea otters, sea lions and migratory birds. We've been seeing baby sea otters and seals in the harbor! This also allows us to check in before we depart on the boat. We will meet at the back deck behind the Sea Harvest at: 2420 California 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039 between 8:30am-8:45am. Here's a google map link: Directions
We will have waivers to sign but you may also download, print and fill out a waiver and bring with you.
9:00am: We will caravan to South Moss Landing Harbor
For detailed directions please visit: Directions to Our Boat. Please be at the boat by 9:10am if not meeting us at the Sea Harvest observation deck. We expect to be off the water by 12:30
However, if we encounter something really unusual we may stay on the water longer.
1:00pm: Optional lunch at the Haute Enchilada at 7902 California Highway One.
Coined the "Serengeti of the Sea", Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary lies within a biologically rich pathway intersecting the migration patterns of an array of marine mammals, sea birds and even our planet’s largest sea turtle, the leatherback. 27 species of marine mammals are found within out extraordinary sanctuary,
the largest federally protected marine reserve in the United States.
Departing from historic Moss Landing Harbor, we will see an array of species such as sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions as well as
numerous seabirds that find refuge within the harbor.
As we depart from the harbor, we will begin scanning the water looking for whale spouts, tail slaps or even a breach. Weighing 80-90,000 pounds Humpback Whales are commonly sighted in Monterey Bay from March through November. Prevailing northwest winds in the spring and summer months drives a phenomenon known as upwelling where nutrient rich water rises to the surface along the Central California Coast.
Humpback whales are filter feeders that use their fringed plates of baleen to sort out krill, a small crustacean found in the plankton rich Monterey Bay Canyon. As we cruise in the comfort of our 43 foot vessel, we hope to observe a variety of whale behavior. In addition to HumpbackWhales, we may encounter Risso Dolphins, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Orcas, Shearwaters or other pelagic seabirds.
As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:
* Dress in layers -- medium-rated fleece, capilene, or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on as ocean breeze or fog approaches; a thin layer of capilene or silk long sleeve underwear are a nice addition, but any long sleeve undershirt will do. Down jackets are cozy but they may get damp from ocean spray.
* Long pants rather than shorts-- you may get splashed if you go towards the front of the boat so you might consider quick drying nylon shell or rain pants
* Wind breaker or rain jacket-- an outer shell to help insulate from sea breeze or spray.
* Footgear - most anything is OK except high heels or shoes lacking tread (flip flops)
* Fleece or wool cap
* Sun hat and sunscreen
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag or daypack lined on the inside with a garbage bag to waterproof.
* Water bottle
* Lunch or Snacks -- sodas and snacks may be purchased onboard; please do not bring your own alcohol
* Small tip for boat captain and crew (optional).
Sea Sickness Medication: If you are prone to sea sickness, we highly recommend bringing some form of prevention. Medications such as Bonine or Dramamine are usually effective although drowsiness or thirst can be a side effect. Your local pharmacist can advise you. In the past, several clients have successfully used "sea bands" which employ a pressure point on the wrists rather than medication. Sea Bands have no side effects and can be purchased at most dive shops or some drug stores.
Please review recommendations outlined by our charter boat company at: Sea Sickness Prevention
May the Whales and Wildlife be with us!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060