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Update on 2021 Whale and Shark season

It’s March 2021 and a year has passed since that dreaded March 13th day when we initially closed our doors to weather this storm.  A lot has changed, and some things haven’t but all that said, I want to believe it is safe to start looking forward and start imagining living our lives as “normal” as possible while simultaneously embracing the new.  During the pandemic, we pivoted our business model and created Sea Spirit Memorial, our ash scattering business. In hindsight, this has proven to be a good move that provided value to ourselves as well as the community.  However, being an ocean loving family and business, we have decided to continue to offer and provide private Whale Watching and Great White Shark tours starting this month. Now this is where it gets exciting. We are offering these private excursions…

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March 9, 2021

A Pandemic and the Private Charter

We sure hope this post finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe! As we move forward into the winter months, I feel it a good time to share with you what we are doing here at Sea Spirit Ocean Safari.  As we pivot our business model into more of a specialty niche of ocean ash burials https://seaspiritmemorial.com/  we have decided to continue offering our private ocean excursions as time allows. It is fair to say that the day of individual ticket sales are a distant memory and at this time, I don’t see them on the horizon. Never say Never is not only a good 80’s spy flick but also perhaps a good mantra for 2020. Flexing with the tides and the pandemics is what I always say. With the California Department of Public Health’s new system for measuring…

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November 29, 2020

CZU Lighting Complex Fires

Due to the CZU Lighting Complex fires, Sea Spirit Ocean Safari as well as Sea Spirit Memorial will he closed for the remainder of August. At this time phones are difficult to answer. Best way to reach us is by email- [email protected] Our most positive and hopeful wishes & prayers go out to our entire community and the surrounding cities experiencing such devastation. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and your homes are spared. We are proud of our first responders along with those coming in from all parts of the state as they give this fight everything they’ve got!!

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August 21, 2020

I wish it were like a light switch!

A blog is where you can be a little less formal right? Maybe even dig a little deeper and share a little more than what you might on your typical “daily sightings report or post”.  Full disclosure, this whole COVID-19 thing has been a roller coaster of a ride as a business owner. Opening up…

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June 15, 2020

The city of Santa Cruz is extending its shelter in place orders. We will remain closed through the month of May and will address June as we get closer. We remain optimistic that this is short lived and look forward to the day when we can get back out on the water.  Until then, we are thinking of all of you, our passengers, our staff, our community and sending wishes of health and let’s be honest here, sanity. Any questions about current or future bookings, pleases email  [email protected] or call 831-336-2244. Please continue to check back for updates. We appreciate your understanding and continued support as we navigate these uncharted waters. Stay well and be safe ~The team at Sea Spirit Ocean Safari

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April 28, 2020

Current steps amid latest developments

To our current and future passengers, Effective immediately we are closing down all scheduled ocean safaris until April 8th, while office hours will remain unchanged.   Though it sadness us greatly to do this, we understand this is the best course of action to keeping you and our community safe. We remain optimistic that this is short lived and look forward to the day when we can get back out on the water.  Until then, we are thinking of all of you, our passengers, our staff, our community and sending wishes of health and let’s be honest here, sanity. Any questions about current or future bookings, pleases email  [email protected] or call 831-336-2244. We appreciate your understanding and continued support as we navigate these uncharted waters. Stay well and be safe ~The team at Sea Spirit Ocean Safari

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March 16, 2020

10 whales today!

Today was a great day on the water with 2 humpback whales and 8 northbound gray whales. There was even some nice acrobatic surface activity from the grays! Additionally on our safari we saw 2 steller sea lions, mother and pup sea otter, nothern fulmars and California sea lions. The heath and safety of passengers…

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March 13, 2020

Our proactive measures-

At Sea Spirit, the health and safety of our passengers along with my staff is always my top priority. As you are likely aware, COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have now been reported in the United States and span the globe. In light of this ongoing development, I wanted to share the proactive steps we are taking…

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March 9, 2020

Northern migrating Gray whales and returning humpbacks!

On Sunday this week we had a beautiful tour exploring the Monterey Bay while encountering some gray whales migrating back up to their Arctic summer feeding grounds. These guys have one of the longest migration routes of any animal, clocking up to 14,000 miles round trip.  Additionally we had some humpback whales returning from their…

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March 8, 2020

Everyday is different out there!

Can’t say it enough, every day is so different in the Monterey Bay and it’s one of the things that makes our jobs so amazing!  Today we were blessed with a couple migrating Gray whales heading north but I think everyone’s favorite, mine included was the bottle nose dolphin with her calf.  The additional pod…

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February 24, 2020

We got Grays and Humpbacks!

Always fun when we can get 2 species of whale in one trip. Weather permitting, we’ve got options. Trips available for Monday 2/24 and the upcoming weekend. ~Photos by Naturalist Kaelyn DeYoung.    

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February 23, 2020

Juvenile humpback practicing acrobatics

This never gets old!  So much fun watching this juvenile humpback practicing their breaching techniques. ~Photos courtesy of Naturalist Kaeylyn DeYoung~

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February 23, 2020

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