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Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Map of Marine Mammal Sightings in the Monterey Bay Region

August 1-31, 2002
compiled by Richard Ternullo


Marine Mammal Sightings Map (20K)

Note: Gray whales are not plotted on the chart. Numerous California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and Southern Sea Otters are seen on all trips, and are not plotted on the chart.

There were forty-one sightings of blue whales scattered throughout the Bay and outer waters, with group sizes ranging up to 22. There were forty-two humpback whale sightings of up to 25 individuals scattered along canyon edges and throughout the Bay. Killer Whales sighted during August represent the first sighting of "offshore-type" Killer Whales in summer in California. Previously they have been seen only in fall and winter. They appear to be fish-eaters.

Bottlenose dolphins are rarely seen from boat-based platforms because of their inshore habits and are best observed from shore with the following sites considered the best: north of Wharf #2 in Monterey, Del Monte Beach, Marina State Beach, and Sunset State Beach north to the Cement Ship.

About 1200 California sea lions are hauled out on the Monterey Breakwater.

Harbor seals and sea otters are seen from Monterey Harbor along rocky coasts to Pt. Lobos and in Elkhorn Slough.

Click for August 2002 daily sightings list (corresponding to map above).

The sightings plotted above were compiled by Richard Ternullo for the period 8/1/02 to 8/31/02.

Sightings reported by D. Davi, G. Fisher, N. Lemon, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, H. Neece, and W. Williamson.

Copyright © 2002 R. Ternullo. No reproduction of the map or use of the sightings information is permitted without prior approval.


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