"At sea, I learned how little a person needed. Not how much." - Robert Lee Graham
On the last day before Thanksgiving break, we took our 2nd field trip out with the Blue Ocean Whale Watching Group out of Moss Landing. If you're traveling to California and thinking about something to do along the coast, I highly, highly suggest you go to Moss Landing to see the abundance of life and to go whale watching. You won't be disappointed!
Some of the reasons why I advocate for field trips, year after year:
Back to the field trip...........
Last year, we went at the same time of year and the waters were rough. The boat was lifted up so high on the waves and dropped with such a force -- it really felt like a rollercoaster on the way out to sea. Many students and staff members got sick. I was hesitant to plan another trip, but could not allow myself to forget about the exhilaration of being on a boat on the open sea, or seeing earth's most colossal creatures in their natural habitat. It's a no brainer that this is something I wish we would do every year.
This year did not disappoint. The weather was phenomenal. The Fall is an incredible time to go along the coast. According to the crew, the visibility out on the ocean was at least 5 miles in every direction. After the 1-hour bus ride out to Moss Landing, it took another hour or so on the boat out to sea. But as soon as we got there, we could see the Santa Cruz coastline on one side, and the Monterey coastline on the other. The ocean was completely glassy and calm. Nobody got sick.
We saw about 20 humpback whales. We saw a mom humpback and her calf. At one point, we stopped to just watch the action, and we were literally surrounded by humpback whales. We also saw jelly fish (by the HUNDREDS!), harbor seals, otters, several species of birds, and a mola (ocean sunfish) even peeped its head out.
If we would have been able to stay for 1 hour longer, we could have made it out to the blue whales. Apparently, this year they are out in unprecedented numbers!
Below are some photos of the trip. Sorry I don't have more of the whales!
On the ride back to Moss Landing, it was especially wonderful. The sun was at its brightest, the water was gleaming, and we were able to reflect and pause as we all enjoyed the ocean together. We honestly could not have asked for a better day. What also made the trip was that they were doing a news story on the unprecedented numbers of whales this season. They interviewed a student, myself and my coworker Alexis. That was a fun cake topper to the day!
That's all for now. I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.