Science Spotlight: Why Do Humpbacks Breach?

Scientists are unsure what drives humpback whales' exuberant displays.  NOAA photo.

More than 40 feet long and weighing up to 40 tons, adult humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are formidable giants. But their immensity doesn’t hinder their athleticism.

The Summer of Crazy

Humpback whales are crowding close to shore this summer in search of food.  Photo courtesy Surfrider Foundation/Amber Jones.

Whales. Dead fish. Green beaches. WTF, Monterey Bay?

Whale Soup

Juvenile humpback whale breaching. Photo by Hanae Armitage.

It’s an ocean-wide game of follow the leader, and the anchovies are #1.

The Humpy Dance

Humpbacks 'lunge feeding' in Monterey Bay last Sunday.

A whale watching trip in the Monterey Bay right now will cost you fifty bucks but will leave you a lot richer.

Whales Almost Eat Divers

Shawn Stamback was diving with a friend off the coast of Morro Bay when he noticed thousands of sardines rushing around him. Seconds later two humpback whales exploded out of the water, missing him and his diving buddy by a few feet. "I was right in the middle of the meatball," he said later.