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

August 1-31, 2012
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Note -- In addition to sightings on Monterey Bay Whale Watch trips, this list includes all reported marine mammal sightings for this region. 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.

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Young Blue Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Young Blue Whale (August 26, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Fin Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fin Whale (August 26, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Killer Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale tail (August 25, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Two Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Two Killer Whales (August 25, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Sea Otter with pup, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Otter with Pup (August 20, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Humpback Whale breaching, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (August 13, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Northern Right Whale Dolphin and Pacific White-sided Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right Whale Dolphin and
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (August 13, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Active Pacific White-sided Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (August 11, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Breaching Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (August 10, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Elegant Tern and Pomarine Jaeger, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Elegant Tern and Pomarine Jaeger (August 5, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Killer Whales and whale watching boat, the Pt. Sur Clipper, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales and Pt. Sur Clipper (August 5, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Humpback Whale Flukes, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale Flukes (August 4, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (August 3, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

Sea Lion, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Lion (August 3, 2012)
Photo © 2012 Daniel Bianchetta

 
Date #     Type of Animal(s)  

 
8/31 p.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/31 a.m. 50      Risso's Dolphins  
      Dall's Porpoise  

 
8/30 a.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/29 a.m.     Killer Whales  

 
8/28 a.m.     Humpback Whale  

 
8/27 a.m.     Humpback Whale  

 
8/26 p.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/26 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
      Blue Whales  
      Killer Whale  
      Fin Whales  

 
8/25 p.m.     Killer Whales (transient type)  
      Bottlenose Dolphins  

 
8/25 a.m.     Killer Whales (transient type)  
      Harbor Porpoise  

 
8/24 p.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/24 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
  50      Risso's Dolphins  

 
8/23 a.m.     Humpback Whale  
    Elephant Seal  
    Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)  

 
8/22 p.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/22 a.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/21 a.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/20 a.m.     Humpback Whales (mother & calf)  
  30      Risso's Dolphins  

 
8/19 a.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/18 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
  50      Pacific White-sided Dolphin  
  20      Risso's Dolphins  

 
8/17 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
      Minke Whales  
  300      Long Beaked Common Dolphins  

 
8/16 p.m. 17      Pacific White-sided Dolphins  

 
8/16 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
  20      Pacific White-sided Dolphins  
  300      Long Beaked Common Dolphins  
      Elephant Seal  

 
8/15 p.m.     Humpback Whale (surface lunge feeding)  
      Blue Whale  
  600      Pacific White-sided Dolphins  
      Harbor Porpoise  

 
8/15 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
  250      Pacific White-sided Dolphins  
  600      Northern Right Whale Dolphins  
      Dall's Porpoise  
      Leatherback Sea Turtle  

 
8/14 p.m.     Humpback Whale  
      Blue Whale  
  10      Risso's Dolphins  

 
8/14 a.m.     Humpback Whale  
      Blue Whale  
      Killer Whales  
      Bottlenose Dolphins  

 
8/13 p.m.     Humpback Whale (breaching)  

 
8/13 p.m.     Humpback Whales  
      Blue Whale (+ 1 other in near distance)  
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins  
  200      Northern Right Whale Dolphins  

 
8/12 p.m.     Humpback Whales  
  80      Risso's Dolphins  

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

 
8/11 p.m.     Humpback Whale  
  700      Pacific White-sided Dolphins  
  200      Northern Right Whale Dolphins  

 
8/11 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
  500      Risso's Dolphins  

 
8/10 a.m. 500      Risso's Dolphins  

 
8/9 a.m. 100      Risso's Dolphins  
      Mola Mola  
      Laysan Albatross  

 
8/8 a.m.     Killer Whales (predation on Sea Lion)  
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphin  
  350      Risso's Dolphins  
      Harbor Porpoise  

 
8/7 a.m.     Killer Whales (transient type)  
      Harbor Porpoise  

 
8/6 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
      Blue Whale  

 
8/5 late p.m.     Killer Whales (transient type)  

 
8/5 p.m.     Humpback Whale  
      Killer Whales (transient type)  
  15      Harbor Porpoise  

 
8/5 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
      Killer Whales (transient type)  
      Minke Whale  
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins  
  15      Dall's Porpoise  
      Harbor Porpoise  

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

 
8/4 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales  
      Blue Whales  
  20      Dall's Porpoise  

 
8/3 p.m.     Humpback Whales  

 
8/3 a.m.     Humpback Whales  
      Killer Whales (transient type)  
  30      Pacific White-sided Dolphin  

 
8/2 p.m.     Humpback Whale (surface lunge feeding)  
      Bottlenose Dolphins  

 
8/2 a.m.     Humpback Whale (surface lunge feeding)  
      Killer Whales  

 
8/1 p.m.     Humpback Whales (surface lunge feeding)  

 
8/1 a.m. 30      Humpback Whales (many lunge feeding)  


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