A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to get out and do humpback whale photography on a zodiac with Captain Lee Egan from Seaweed Express based out of Avila Beach, California. We traveled about seven miles out beyond the breakwater to see if we could spot any humpback whale activity.
It took a bit, but soon encountered a large group of humpback whales feeding amidst a sealion group. I was overwhelmed with the amount of activity and I managed to shoot a few really awesome tail shots.
About 5:30pm, we started to notice that a few miles south of where we were at a group of 2-3 humpbacks started to breach. We moved away from the feeding group and waited until the breaching whales came a bit closer to us. To our amazement, it seemed like all the whales started to breach at the same time and we had breaching humpback whales it seemed all around us.
Even though the conditions were a bit choppy and seas were larger than usual, I managed to capture a few decent shots this day.
Thanks to Captain Lee Egan of Seaweed Express for taking me out. If you ever want to go with a knowledgable and very respectful tour boat operator, check out this guy.
Enjoy the shots!