Begin major hijack!
John, thanks to you guys we found the whale watchers in the higher range on the VHF as you suggested. They called out the GPS coordinates, but not for whales, instead for Basking Sharks!! I had never seen one before, so we headed over to Point Pinos asap. There we stumbled upon a 20 footer spinning circles around feeding. Before long the whale boats departed and it was just us and a small sailboat wandering around. We stayed there for about an hour and a half, causing us to get stuck in the horrible traffic. A few short cuts with the GPS saved us probably 1.5 hours (Starting with staying on Del Monte Ave). I think the trick is to leave at about 3:40pm before the last race ends at 4:30pm. I would do it all over again for another experience like Sundays though, since we had a really nice dive too even though there was only 15' of vis our dive was full of fish life with some hydro coral.
We are heading out of Bodega Bay to go and do some whale watching hopefully this Saturday. The fisherman are reporting sightings continuously. Plus the conditions should be fairly calm @ 3-5NW with a 3S and 5-10kt winds. Gonna be relegated to our little Zodiac though
The boat is a 25' C-Dory and is a very very nice boat with full electronics. They sleep on it when staying in Monterey or Albion etc. Easily handles four divers, although hauling my HP130's, back onboard, with all the added weight is very hard, since I can't risk scratching the gel coat. My polarizer seems to have killed the beautiful green coloring.
Out over the trench we found a sea lion eating a mola mola. Pretty cool to watch life happening. I like this shot for the water spray, but I have others with the sea gulls participating.
I left Jim's head in to give a reference to size. Remember he is much closer to the camera lens than the shark. It was an awesome experience to be that close to the shark. At the time I took these photos I was driving the boat and the shark turned straight towards us from far away so I threw neutral and headed for the bow right as it passed within a couple of feet, before turning away.
These Egg Yolk Jellies are beautiful.
Of course for Monterey there is the obligatory Otter picture.