(Photo by Jenna Slovis during one of the most historic whale viewing times in our local history, October 2011)
Full Moon Rise at Sunset, Whales, Wildlife and Wine Tasting~ Private Cruise for Women August 25th 2:00pm-8:30pm $64
(Optional Beach Day~Naturalist-led Walk followed by Wine tasting and Cruise Featuring Humpback Whales, Various Dolphins including possible Orca sighting)
Join Blue Water Ventures on our Whales and Wildlife Private 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. 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".
For those who would enjoy some social time and a naturalist-led beach walk, join us before the cruise at Moss Landing State Beach. Bring a beach chair, snacks and a sample of wine or beer; we will provide the cheese, nuts and fruit for an afternoon of socializing and wine tasting
Our whale watching charters have sold out most very time so don't delay in contacting us!
We hope you can join us on this thrilling naturalist-led day with our local marine mammals.
Blue Water Ventures is very excited to offer a fantastic 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 minimum 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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send a check in the amount of $64 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.
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We expect this trip to be very popular so please make your reservations soon!
TIMING FOR THE DAY:
1:45-3:15pm Optional Beach and Social Time: Our afternoon will begin observing a famous raft of sea otters residing in North Moss Landing Harbor. Viewing from a bluff above the otters, this is a great opportunity to observe and photograph these amazing marine mammals. We will meet at the very end of Jetty Road, the entrance to Moss Landing State Beach. From there, we will walk out to the beach for a naturalist-led walk. If you are running late, head towards the rock jetty and follow the jetty out to the beach. We will be walking north along the beach.
For directions go to MLSB (note if traveling from the north on Highway One, Jetty Road is located before the Kayak Shops off of Highway One) and for park information visit info
Viewing is near the parking lot at the end of the road with no strenuous hiking involved.
We will have waivers to sign but you may also download, print and fill out a waiver and bring with you.
3:15pm We will caravan to South Moss Landing Harbor where we will have our wine tasting in the same area where we check in for the boat.
3:30pm-4:30pm Wine tasting, Check in and Meet and Greet. Bring an adult beverage of choice and a cup. We will provide some cheese, nuts and fruit to pair with your wine or beer. Please do not bring any glass onto boat. We recommend to not consume more than a full glass of wine or beer before boarding our vessel.
4:30pm: Final check in for boat and safety talk followed by our departure.
For detailed directions please visit: Directions to Our Boat. We expect to be off the water by 8:30pm as a full moon is rising and a sun is setting
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. 34 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 Humpback Whales, 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.
* Footwear - 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
* Dinner or Snacks -- sodas and snacks may be purchased onboard
* 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 Venturesphone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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