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

Since November 1, 2021
compiled by Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Marine Mammals seen in Monterey Bay

This list, updated every few days, includes reported sightings from Monterey Bay Whale Watch trips. Unusual sightings of other marine animals such as Leatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks are also listed, in addition to unusual seabirds such as Albatross and Brown Boobies. California Sea Lions are mentioned only if numbers or behavior are of interest. 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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   Killer Whale identifications by the California Killer Whale Project
Date # Type of Animal(s)

12/3 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

12/2 2:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Dall's Porpoise

12/2 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunge-feeding)

12/1 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunge-feeding)

11/30 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  2 Killer Whales (Orcas)

11/29 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail slapping, pec slapping)
  12 Bottlenose Dolphins
  30 Risso's Dolphins

11/28 2:30 p.m. 5 Killer Whales (CA51s - friendly group)

11/28 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  1500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins (over 100 calves)

11/28 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (Angel-wings friendly encounter)
  25 Risso's Dolphins

11/27 2:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

11/27 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins

11/27 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  25 Risso's Dolphins

11/26 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (friendly)

11/26 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (friendly)

11/26 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)

11/25 10 a.m. 19 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)

11/24 10 a.m. 19 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)

11/24 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

11/23 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)

11/23 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)
  2 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

11/23 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)

11/22 10 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)
  25 Risso's Dolphins

11/21 2:30 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)

11/21 10 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales (feeding, breaching)
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)

11/21 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching, cow/calf + "competition pod")
2 Killer Whales (CA171B Fatfin & CA169 Tofina)
  4 Harbor Porpoise

11/20 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (friendly for 2 hours)

11/20 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (cow/calf, escort)
  70 Risso's Dolphins

11/20 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
All Day 5 Fin Whales

11/19 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales

11/18 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales

11/17 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales
  1 Double-crested Cormorant
  1 Rhinoceros Auklet

11/16 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching mom & calf)

11/15 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales ("checkmarks", competitive group)
  100 Risso's Dolphins (breaching, including Casper)
  1 Buller's Shearwater
  1 Cassin's Auklet

11/14 2:30 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales (breaching)

11/14 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching)

11/13 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  1 Blue Whale
  120 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  8 Harbor Porpoise
  2 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

11/12 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  80-100 Killer Whales (Offshore type)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

11/11 10 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (breaching, lob-tailing, courtship interest)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

11/10 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding, tail throwing)

11/8 10 a.m. 7 Killer Whales (Louise’s pod CA140Bs + CA23A2 + CA113s)
25 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Mola Mola

11/7 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  1100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

11/6 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales
5 Killer Whales (Louise’s pod CA140Bs + CA23A2)
  5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1000 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

11/5 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales

11/4 10 a.m. 5 Killer Whales (CA140Bs + CA23A2 predating on pinnipeds)
8 Humpback Whales (mobbing killer whales, disrupting hunt)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

11/3 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (friendly, breaching)
  30 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

11/2 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

   Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

Tail-throwing Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tail-throwing Humpback Whale (December 2, 2021)

Humpback Whale breaching photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale breaching (December 1, 2021)

Male Killer Whale tail slapping photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Male Killer Whale tail slapping (November 28, 2021)

Brown pelicans at sunset photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown pelicans at sunset (November 27, 2021)

Oystercatcher photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Oystercatcher (November 26, 2021)

Humpback Whale lunge-feeding photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge-feeding (November 23, 2021)

Humpback Whale tail photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (November 22, 2021)

Osprey photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Osprey (November 22, 2021)

Fatfin kelping photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fatfin kelping (November 21, 2021)

Killer Whales Tofina and Fatfin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales Tofina & Fatfin (November 21, 2021)

Tail-throwing Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tail-throwing Humpback Whale (November 20, 2021)

Sea Otter and Sea Lion photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Otter and Sea Lion (November 18, 2021)

Double-crested Cormorant photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Double-crested Cormorant (November 17, 2021)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (November 16, 2021)

Sea Nettles photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Nettles (November 16, 2021)

Killer Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (November 12, 2021)

Risso's Dolphin Casper photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin Casper (November 6, 2021)

Sea Otter mother and pup photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Otter mother and pup (November 6, 2021)

Killer Whale spyhopping photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale spyhopping (November 4, 2021)

 Risso's Dolphins (Note fetal folds on calf at right) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (Note fetal folds on calf at right)
(November 3, 2021)


Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

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