Humpback whales are pretty much everywhere! They have not been closer than 75 to 100 yards though... but we can see their dorsal fins, and when they are diving, their big flukes... I could see them clapping their pectoral fins in the distance... too far for pictures... when there are whales in the water there must be food. Their primary food is krill which is a type of crustacean that also is a part of the plankton community.
And with all the food their is also an abundance of birds. They like to get the scraps from the whales... in our CalVet cast we got s small amount of some baby krill.. The black spots on the bottom are pteropods- a type of mollusk...
The orange little creatures are a type of mollusk that have small flippers to keep them in the water column.