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

Since September 1, 2022
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)

9/23 2:30 p.m. 25 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1 Brown Booby (rare)

9/23 10 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales
Charter 3 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA39As)

9/23 9 a.m. 46 Humpback Whales
  3 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA39As)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

9/22 1:30 p.m. 23 Humpback Whales

9/22 9 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

9/21 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  8 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140Bs + CA39As)
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

9/21 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins
  50 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

9/20 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale

9/19 9 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  2 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)l

9/19 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
All Day 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

9/17 2:30 p.m. 31 Humpback Whales breaching, lunge-feeding,
tail slapping, pec slapping)

9/17 9 a.m. 52 Humpback Whales breaching, lunge-feeding,
tail slapping, pec slapping)

9/16 10 a.m. 37 Humpback Whales
  3 Harbor Porpoise
  5 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)l

9/16 9 a.m. 60 Humpback Whales
  4 Blue Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)l

9/15 2:30 p.m. 60 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching, tail slapping,
tail lobbing, pectoral fin slapping)

9/15 10 a.m. 38 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail slapping)

9/15 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  500 Risso's Dolphins

9/14 9 a.m. 57 Humpback Whales
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  860 Risso's Dolphins

9/13 10 a.m. 45 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1 Red-footed Booby (rare)

9/13 9 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1 Red-footed Booby (rare)

9/12 9 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  3 Blue Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)l

9/11 1:30 p.m. 31 Humpback Whales

9/11 9 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

9/10 2:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales

9/10 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  75 Risso's Dolphins

9/9 2:30 p.m. 19 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas)

9/9 9 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  70 Risso's Dolphins

9/8 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  2 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  1 Blue Whale
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper and nursery pod of calves)
  6 Dall's Porpoise

9/7 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales

9/7 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

9/7 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching)

9/6 2:30 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales

9/6 10 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales

9/6 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales

9/5 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales

9/4 2:30 p.m. 13 Humpback Whales

9/4 9 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

9/3 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales

9/3 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

9/3 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales
  70 Risso's Dolphins

9/2 10 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales

9/2 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales

9/1 10 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

9/1 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (vertical lunge-feeding and breaching)

  

Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca - September 23, 2022)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (September 22, 2022)

Killer Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (September 21, 2022)

Close-up of large male California Sea Lion photo by daniel bianchetta
Close-up of large male California Sea Lion
(September 19, 2022)

Bottlenose Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin (September 19, 2022)

Brown Booby photo by daniel bianchetta
Brown Booby (September 19, 2022)

Humpback Whale fluke with Killer Whale rake marks photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale fluke with Killer Whale rake marks
(September 15, 2022)

Humpback whale lunge-feeding with a massive silver flash of anchovies at the surface photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback whale lunge-feeding with a massive
silver flash of anchovies (September 15, 2022)

Red-footed Booby (rare) photo by daniel bianchetta
Red-footed Booby (rare) (September 13, 2022)

Blue Whale dorsal fin photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale dorsal fin (September 12, 2022)

Phalarope photo by daniel bianchetta
Phalarope (September 11, 2022)

Humpback Whales breaching and pec slapping photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whales breaching and pec slapping
(September 11, 2022)

Breown Pelicans photo by daniel bianchetta
Breown Pelicans (September 10, 2022)

Breaching Killer Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Killer Whale (September 9, 2022)

Humpback Whale baleen photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale baleen (September 6, 2022)

Humpback Whale next to boat photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale next to boat (September 5, 2022)

Southern Sea Otter eating a crab photo by daniel bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter eating a crab (September 4, 2022)

Humpback Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whales (September 3, 2022)



Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta


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