Life's a breach! Humpback whales visit the Monterey Bay from April to December to feed on schooling fishes and krill. Recently, massive schools of anchovies have been providing them with a feeding frenzy. Just one of these gentle giants can consume up to 3,000 pounds of food per day.
Scientists learn to recognize individual animals by the distinctive markings on their flukes, or tails, which humpbacks raise high out of the water as they begin their dives. Our Aquarium guests have some of the best seats in the house for whale watching—humpbacks have been seen breaching, spouting and feeding just off our decks!