Monterey Bay Whale Watch
List of Most Recent Marine Mammal Sightings in the Monterey Bay Region

Since August 1, 2016
compiled by Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Marine Mammals seen in Monterey Bay

This list, updated every few days, includes reported sightings from all boats in Monterey Bay. Sightings marked * were reported by other boats in the Monterey Bay area, including fishing, research, private and whale watch boats, as we keep track of all sightings in the Bay through our sighting network. Unusual sightings of other marine animals such as Leatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks are also listed. California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals and Southern Sea Otters, which are seen on all whale watching trips, are not included in the list. Each month the sightings from the previous month are moved to a monthly summary list.

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Date #     Type of Animal(s)

8/25 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales

8/25 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales

8/25 10 a.m. 13      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
      Dall's Porpoise

8/25 9 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
      Dall's Porpoise

8/25 8 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  100      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60      Risso's Dolphins

8/24 5:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales

8/24 4 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  30      Risso's Dolphins

8/24 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  60      Risso's Dolphins

8/24 12:30 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  20      Risso's Dolphins

8/24 10 a.m. 24      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Killer Whales
  25      Risso's Dolphins
      Elephant Seal
      Blue Shark

8/24 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Killer Whales

8/24 8 a.m. 14      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Minke Whale
  30      Risso's Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
      Black-footed Albatross

8/23 5:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales

8/23 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise

8/23 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales

8/23 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales

8/23 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Bottlenose Dolphins
      Dall's Porpoise

8/23 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Fin Whales (breaching)

8/22 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
      Minke Whale
  16      Risso's Dolphins

8/22 12:30 p.m. 13      Humpback Whales
      Dall's Porpoise

8/22 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  10      Bottlenose Dolphins
      Risso's Dolphins

8/22 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Dall's Porpoise

8/21 4 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales

8/21 2 p.m. 14      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales

8/19 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Dall's Porpoise

8/21 9 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whale

8/21 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Blue Whales

8/21 All-Day 17      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whale
      Minke Whale
  800      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/20 4 p.m. 14      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Minke Whales

8/20 2 p.m. 10      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  20      Risso's Dolphins

8/20 12:30 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  25      Risso's Dolphins
      Bottlenose Dolphins
  15      Harbor Porpoise

8/20 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  40      Risso's Dolphins
      Bottlenose Dolphins

8/19 2 p.m. 15      Humpback Whales
  20      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/19 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  50      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150      Risso's Dolphins
  500      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/19 9 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Dall's Porpoise

8/17 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Dall's Porpoise

8/17 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whale
      Fin Whale
      Dall's Porpoise
      Black-footed Albatross

8/17 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
      Black-footed Albatross

8/17 9 a.m. 10      Humpback Whales
  300      Risso's Dolphins

8/17 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  44      Risso's Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
      Black-footed Albatross

8/16 4 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  15      Risso's Dolphins

8/16 3 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  10      Risso's Dolphins

8/16 2 p.m. 10      Humpback Whales
      Risso's Dolphins

8/16 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Black-footed Albatross

8/16 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Black-footed Albatross

8/16 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales

8/16 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  60      Risso's Dolphins

8/15 5:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales

8/15 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Minke Whales
  15    Common Dolphins

8/15 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales (mom & calf pair breaching)

8/15 9 a.m. 11      Humpback Whales
      Risso's Dolphins
      Bottlenose Dolphins

8/15 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  30      Risso's Dolphins
      Bottlenose Dolphins

8/14 4 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  150      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/14 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  27      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/14 9 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
  75      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Bottlenose Dolphins

8/14 8 a.m. 10      Humpback Whales
  300      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/13 5:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Bottlenose Dolphin

8/13 4 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Risso's Dolphins

8/13 3 p.m.     Humpback Whales

8/13 2 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales (breaching)

8/13 12:30 p.m. 15      Humpback Whales

8/13 10 a.m. 11      Humpback Whales
      Minke Whales

8/13 9 a.m. 14      Humpback Whales
  60      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  15      Risso's Dolphins

8/13 8 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/12 5:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  150      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/12 4 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whale
  290      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Risso's Dolphins

8/12 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150      Risso's Dolphins

8/12 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales (2 "friendlies")
  45      Risso's Dolphins

8/12 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  230      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/12 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Fin Whales
      Minke Whales
  12      Risso's Dolphins
  11      Dall's Porpoise

8/12 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Fin Whales
      Minke Whales
  20      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Northern Fur Seal

8/10 5:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  30      Risso's Dolphins
  40      Dall's Porpoise
      Northern Elephant Seal

8/10 3 p.m.     Humpback Whale (breaching)
      Minke Whale

8/10 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  15    Common Dolphins
      Dall's Porpoise

8/10 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Dall's Porpoise

8/10 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Northern Elephant Seal
  33      Black-footed Albatross

8/10 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Risso's Dolphins

8/10 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  14      Risso's Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
      Black-footed Albatross

8/9 3 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales
  500      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/9 2 p.m. 15      Humpback Whales
      Minke Whale
  150      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  17      Risso's Dolphins

8/9 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Minke Whale

8/9 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  20      Risso's Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/9 9 a.m. 10      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  17      Risso's Dolphins

8/9 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  15      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/8 12:30 p.m. 13      Humpback Whales (mom-calf pair)
      Fin Whales

8/8 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Risso's Dolphin
      Dall's Porpoise
      Blue Shark
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/8 8 a.m. 20      Humpback Whales
      Fin Whale
  700      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  15      Risso's Dolphins
  50      Northern Right Whale Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/7 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  100      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/7 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales (breaching)

8/7 9 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
  400      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/7 8 a.m. 19      Humpback Whales
  400      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/6 4 p.m.     Humpback Whales (some breaching)

8/6 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Harbor Porpoise

8/6 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Minke Whale

8/6 9 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/6 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
      Minke Whale
  60      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/5 4 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  15      Fin Whales

8/5 3 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales

8/5 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
  15      Risso's Dolphins
      Dall's Porpoise

8/5 12:30 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  10    Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/5 9 a.m. 13      Humpback Whales
  530      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Risso's Dolphins
  130      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/5 8 a.m. 32      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  500      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100      Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  10      Dall's Porpoise

8/4 5:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  19      Fin Whales

8/4 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
      Dall's Porpoise

8/4 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
  20      Dall's Porpoise

8/4 10 a.m. 10      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
  12      Dall's Porpoise

8/4 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
      Cuvier's Beaked Whales (cow & calf)
  60      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10    Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Dall's Porpoise

8/4 8 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/3 5:30 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  10      Fin Whales
  30      Risso's Dolphins

8/3 3 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  14      Black-footed Albatross

8/3 2 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales

8/3 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
        Red-necked Phalaropes (murmuration)

8/3 10 a.m. 14      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  50      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  13      Black-footed Albatross

8/3 9 a.m. 15      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise
      Dall's Porpoise

8/3 8 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales (cow & calf breaching)
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whales
      Albatross (pair allopreening)

8/2 5:30 p.m. 10      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whale

8/2 4 p.m. 22      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  11      Fin Whales
      Elephant Seal

8/2 3 p.m. 19      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales

8/2 2 p.m. 15      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
      Risso's Dolphins

8/2 12:30 p.m. 19      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  11      Fin Whales
      Risso's Dolphins

8/2 10 a.m. 20      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  10      Fin Whales

8/2 9 a.m. 15      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  60      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Dall's Porpoise

8/2 8 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  40      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

8/1 4 p.m. 11      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Harbor Porpoise

8/1 2 p.m. 16      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Harbor Porpoise
      Black-footed Albatross

8/1 12:30 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Fin Whale
      Dall's Porpoise

8/1 10 a.m. 24      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
      Elephant Seal

8/1 9 a.m. 18      Humpback Whales
  10      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales

8/1 8 a.m. 36      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whale

  

Killer Whales and Sea Wolf II, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales and Sea Wolf II (August 21, 2016)

Spyhopping Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Spyhopping Killer Whale (August 21, 2016)

Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (August 21, 2016)

Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (August 21, 2016)

Fin Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fin Whale (August 21, 2016)

Blue Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale tail (August 21, 2016)

Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (August 21, 2016)

Pelagic Red Crab, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pelagic Red Crab (August 21, 2016)

Bottlenose Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin
(August 20, 2016)

Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (August 20, 2016)

Bottlenose Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin (August 20, 2016)

Mother and calf Humpback Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mother and calf Humpback Whales
(August 15, 2016)

Pigeon Guillemot eating Rockfish, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pigeon Guillemot eating a young Rockfish
(August 15, 2016)

Bottlenose Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphins (August 14, 2016)

Dall's Porpoise, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Dall's Porpoise (August 14, 2016)

Minke Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Minke Whale (August 12, 2016)

Humpback Whale spyhopping, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale spyhopping (August 12, 2016)

Humpback Whale close-up, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale close-up (August 12, 2016)

Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish - August 12, 2016)

Harbor Seal, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seal (August 12, 2016)

Great Blue Heron, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great Blue Heron close-up (August 8, 2016)

Elegant Tern, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Elegant Tern (August 8, 2016)

Breaching Humpback Whale sequence #3, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale Sequence - #3
(August 8, 2016)

Breaching Humpback Whale sequence #2, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale Sequence - #2
(August 8, 2016)

Breaching Humpback Whale sequence #1, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale Sequence - #1
(August 8, 2016)

Great Blue Heron, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great Blue Heron (August 6, 2016)

Breaching Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (August 6, 2016)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (August 5, 2016)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (August 5, 2016)

California Sea Lion, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lion (August 5, 2016)

Lunge feeding Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge feeding Humpback Whale (August 1, 2016)

Tail slapping Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tail slapping Humpback Whale (August 1, 2016)

Breaching Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (August 1, 2016)

Chin slapping Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Chin slapping Humpback Whale (August 1, 2016)

Humpback Whale tail throw and Common Murre, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throw and Common Murre
(July 30, 2016)

Tufted Puffin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tufted Puffin (July 30, 2016)

Blue Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale tail (July 29, 2016)

Northern Right Whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right Whale Dolphin (July 29, 2016)

Leucistic Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Leucistic Pacific White-sided Dolphin (July 29, 2016)

Blue Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whales (July 24, 2016)


All photos © 2016 Daniel Bianchetta


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