As the autumn days become shorter and colder in the Northern Hemisphere, the ocean’s creatures prepare for winter.
In the deep waters off the Central California coast, enormous schools of anchovies are drawing hundreds of humpback whales, along with blue whales, dolphins, seals, and other predators.
Here, blue sky and wispy clouds reflect off a humpback whale’s glistening back. This whale, enjoying an anchovy feast in Monterey Bay, was one of about a dozen that photographer Kate Cummings saw on a recent trip out to sea.
Image courtesy & copyright Kate Cummings of Blue Ocean Whale Watch.