The Humpback Whales of Avila beach
(Photos by @VincentShayPhotography via Instagram)
(Photo by: @CentralCoastPhotos via Instagram)
(Photo by @wineista via Instagram)
If you have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, your feed has probably been inundated with photos and videos of the massive humpback whales that have been feeding in Avila Beach. The first sightings happened the weekend of June the 5th and after their first big performance, were then seen sparsely throughout the week. That is, until last weekend when these fascinating behemoths graced the waters of Avila Beach once more. Word had spread after their first performance and this past weekend the pier and beach were filled with people waiting for the show. It's been nearly two years since this many humpback whales have been seen so close to the harbor and their presence did not disappoint.
Weighing in at up to 40 tons and measuring up to 60 feet long, these huge mammals can eat up to 3,000 pounds of krill, plankton, and small fish per day. Breaching (jumping out the water) and slapping the surface of the water are common characteristics of humpback whales, making them wonderful specimens for whale watchers and great photography subjects.
While these types of wildlife sightings are not uncommon to the Central Coast, this particular instance is highly unique. We always love to see mother nature surprise us, so if you choose to paddleboard, kayak, surf, or boat in these areas please be aware of your surroundings. Whether you're an experienced outdoors person or a beginner, it's always good to remember to stay roughly 100 yards from wildlife when possible as to not disrupt or distress the animals.
If you haven't gone to check them out yet, pencil in a day at Avila Beach on your calendar this weekend, or today! We don't know how much longer they'll be feeding in our waters, so if you want to view these beautiful humpback whales, time is of the essence.
Happy Whale Watching!
Check out this awesome aerial video caught by Multirotorcam