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Chase Dekker Wild-Life Images  Photographer | Biologist | Conservationist Currently based in Monterey, CA Prints, Calendars, and Tours here:

Nothing like a big Alaskan bull moose to begin your Memorial Day weekend! While these males don't currently have a full rack yet, the antler growing process is in full swing and will be complete in about 3 months from now.

"Hey you! Wanna take my photo? CHEESE!" -Gray fox kit

Out of the smooth glassy water, a humpback whale launched itself just off the coast of the Monterey peninsula. I loved how the light shined through the water falling off its body as dark clouds began to accumulate over the cypress tree covered hills. It was a great sunrise workshop! More coming up!

When your siblings are as soft as you are, it's worth snuggling up to them for a nap. These little red fox kits sure seemed to enjoy their downtime out among the flowers!

Happy Mother's Day! I wonder what joke they were just sharing with each other....probably something about a rabbit!

Even with smooth and glassy conditions yesterday, the killer whales were hard to track as they spent much of their time under the surface. However, as I had my drone in the air, this big bull popped up close enough where I could follow him for a few minutes before he disappeared again. Even though they may appear small compared to the deep ocean they call home, this bull measures somewhere around 30 feet!

If you've been following my stories, you'll have found that the killer whales have been flooding Monterey Bay nonstop over the last month. Even with multiple encounters with killer whales, breaching humpbacks, and more, one of my favorite photos from this past month came from yesterday's photography workshop. We had the opportunity to spend nearly an hour with hundreds of Pacific white-sided dolphins as they rode our bow under glassy waters. This dolphin started to blow a stream of bubbles just before surfacing under my feet. I have more workshops over the next month and the next one is next week! Join me on one to witness and photograph all these animals out in the wild. More info can be found in the link in my bio.

Killer whale season is almost here! Every April and May, killer whales flood Monterey Bay to hunt passing gray whale calves and other marine life. It's an extremely exciting time of year where they can be seen almost everyday along with humpbacks, blue whales, dolphins, and more! I will be offering 5 photography workshops to come out and see these incredible animals! Follow the link in my bio for more info and registration!

I recently spent some time around Fairbanks, Alaska where I once again got the opportunity to chase the northern lights. There's no other night show, or any natural phenomenon as incredible as watching the aurora dance above. Even as we approach the solar minimum during this 11 year cycle, it's still possible to see the lights during dark nights between late August and mid April.

The northbound gray whale migration is nearing its peak here along the central California coast. Around 25,000 of these animals are working their way north from their breeding lagoons in Baja California, all the way to the Arctic of Alaska. This journey can extend from 5,000-7,000 miles one way, making it one of the single longest migrations in the animal world. If you're anywhere in the west coast, you should be able to see many of these whales just off shore! If you want to get a closer look, then you can join me on @sanctuarycruises for either a cruise or photo workshop!

Now that we're a few months into the year, I reduced the price of my 2018 calendar in half! I only have a few left, so head on over and get yours for the rest of the year!

More often than not, dolphins tend to steal the show from the slower and more lethargic moving whales. These long-beaked common dolphins are one of my favorite species as they can be extremely acrobatic and love to join in on a good bow-riding session. In Monterey Bay, we generally see the pods reach between 1,000-3,000 individuals, while in other areas of the world it's possible to see megapods reaching over 10,000 animals! Now that's a sight!

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