Monterey Bay Whale Watch Map of Marine Mammal
Sightings in the Monterey Bay Region
November 1 - November 30, 2000
compiled by Richard Ternullo
Note: Numerous California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and Southern Sea Otters are seen on all trips, and are not plotted on the chart.
This was an unusual reporting period in that Humpback and Blue Whales were present in relatively large numbers for this time of year. Blue Whales were feeding along canyon edges and Humpback Whales were concentrated off Moss Landing feeding on Northern Anchovy. This pre-migration feeding activity of the Humpback Whales was also associated with "singing", perhaps a warm-up by males before migrating to coastal Mexico.
The biggest news among the toothed whales is the discovery of a recently deceased Short-finned Pilot Whale near Wharf #2.