On Saturday we went whale watching. Despite pretty calm waters and wristbands and non-drowsy Dramamine (which did make me drowsy) I got seasick. But it was worth it anyway. We saw sea lions and otters and many types of birds (I missed seeing the puffins, though--too sick to make it to that side of the boat). Here are some of the sea lions and cormorants as we left Monterey harbor.
Then, of course, there were the whales. We saw maybe a dozen or so humpbacks, which are darn impressive creatures. Some of them came quite close to the boat. We got to watch them lunge-feeding and engaging in other interesting sorts of whalish behaviors. Did you know that a diving humpback leaves a distinctive round flukeprint on the surface of the water? I didn't. Here's one of the whales demonstrating how they got their name.
Despite how excited we were over the whales, the real highpoint for me was the dolphins. We saw dozens, maybe a hundred or more of them. They swarmed around and under the boat, riding the bow and the wake. Some of them were nearly within arm's reach. There were three species, too: Pacific White-Sided, Risso's, and Northern Right Whale. I adore dolphins, and it was so cool to be so close to so many of them, especially since they'd chosen to come play with us. It was well worth the puking.