A Common Dolphin leaps over the waves.
Two Humpback Whales near the western end of Santa Cruz Island.
A lunge feeding Humpback Whale takes a gulp of Krill (Thysanoessa spinifera) so the whalers on board the Condor Express can see the roof of its mouth, baleen, and ventral grooves.
This lunge feeding Humpback Whale takes a gulp right in front of the whalers.
Two Humpback Whales.
Torpedo-like Common Dolphin.
At least 14 Risso's Dolphins pass close to the bow of the Condor Express.
The watchful eye of a Risso's Dolphin.
A Risso's Dolphin spouting.
A friendly Humpback Whale comes in to take a look at the whalers, and spouts.
A Giant Kelp bed near the Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island.
A leaping Common Dolphin gets caught by the camera leaving the water.
Whalers enjoy a short break from the cetaceans with a visit to the famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island.
A Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) takes flight with a small fish in its beak.
A California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus).
This Humpback Whale makes a short forward lunge and shows the baleen inside its mouth.
Here we see a Humpback Whale lunge feeding just below the surface and scaring away all the Sooty Shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) that are feeding on the same prey as the whale: krill.
This image shows the top of the head of a lunge feeding Humpback Whale. The two closed blowholes can be seen, and the water being ejected from the expanded oral cavity.
Tail fluke waterfall - Humpback Whale.
Close up view of a spouting Humpback Whale.
Two Humpback Whales, perhaps a mother and calf pair.
A California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) feeding on the carcass of an Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola).
A Common Dolphin leaps directly at the camera.