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April 13, 2017

Like clockwork, pods of orcas arrive in Monterey Bay to feast on gray whale calves, gray whales migrate north with their young, from Baja California to the Artic and humpbacks arrive to feast on schools of small anchovies.  All an amazing show for those in attendance.

Whale Show Returns to California’s Coast, and It’s Amazing

April 13, 2017 Updated: April 13, 2017 6:58am

Photo: Tom Stienstra, Chris Biertuempfel / Oceanic Society
A whale-watching trip out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay saw this rare breach by a gray whale just off Moss Beach.

Whale breath smells like fermented Brussels sprouts.

When you’re on the sea and pick up a whiff of that unmistakable aroma, even if only for a moment, it can feel like a 110-volt jolt.

It can mean only one thing: They’re close ... real close.

For a few seconds one spring day out of Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay, that smell filled the air around us. We were in a Zodiac inflatable in 60 feet of water off Moss Beach. My fishing partner, Jim McDaniel, turned to me and said, “Do you smell that?”

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