Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

Here are some snaps and three videos of our whale-watching trip on September 5 in Monterey Bay. I’ve written about it before, and showed a few videos, so here are a few ancillary snaps and a video showing the (short-beaked) dolphins porpoising by our boat as well as several big humpbacks surfacing while feeding. I still find the carpet of sea lions and birds that appears just before the whales one of the most amazing sights I’ve seen in nature. I also put up some better whale photos taken by Bruce Lyon (see here).

The whales are after a big school of anchovies.

The amazing sea lion carpet. You can see the shore in the background; we weren’t far away:

This is almost solid sea lions!


Specimens of whale baleen, through which they strain the water out of the fish soup:

Whales ahoy!

The sea lion carpet, followed by The Rising:

Dolphins playing by our boat:



  1. Jeff Morgan
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    if Dolphins “porpoise” do porpoises “dolphin”?

    Just a thought…

    • rickflick
      Posted September 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Certainly not on porpoise.

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Great stuff! Wish I was there.

  3. Heather Hastie
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful trip and an amazing sight!

  4. Posted September 21, 2018 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I keep thinking that the seals will be swallowed by the whales.

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