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

Since May 1, 2016
compiled by Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Marine Mammals seen in Monterey Bay

This list, updated every few days, includes reported sightings from all boats in Monterey Bay. Sightings marked * were reported by other boats in the Monterey Bay area, including fishing, research, private and whale watch boats, as we keep track of all sightings in the Bay through our sighting network. 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. Each month the sightings from the previous month are moved to a monthly summary list.

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Date #     Type of Animal(s)

5/27 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  30-50      Blue Whales
  100-200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

5/27 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  40+      Blue Whales
  150      Short-beaked Common Dolphins

5/26 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

5/26 10 a.m.     Humpback Whale
  25-30      Blue Whales
  100      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise

5/26 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  25-30      Blue Whales
  100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  50      Risso's Dolphins

5/25 2 p.m. 23      Humpback Whales
  80      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/25 10 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  24      Blue Whales
  30      Short-beaked Common Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise

5/25 9 a.m. 20      Humpback Whales
  19      Blue Whales
  20      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

5/24 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
  27      Blue Whales

5/24 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  26      Blue Whales
  12      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise

5/24 9 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  37      Blue Whales
      Elephant Seal
      Black-footed Albatross

5/23 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  12-15      Blue Whales
  12      Risso's Dolphins
      Black-footed Albatross

5/23 10 a.m. 10      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
  10      Blue Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/23 9 a.m. 14      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Blue Whales
  100      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Northern Fur Seal

5/22 3 p.m. 10      Humpback Whales
  20+      Killer Whales
  75      Short-beaked Common Dolphins

5/22 2 p.m. 17      Killer Whales
  200      Short-beaked Common Dolphins

5/22 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  30+      Killer Whales

5/22 9 a.m. 14      Humpback Whales
  17      Killer Whales
  12      Blue Whales

5/21 3 p.m. 11      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
  50      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise

5/21 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales

5/21 10 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
      Fin Whales
  500      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100      Risso's Dolphins
  500      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/21 9 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Fin Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100      Risso's Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

5/18 3 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  1000      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/18 2 p.m. 16      Humpback Whales
  1000+      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/18 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Northern Right Whale Dolphins
      Black-footed Albatross

5/18 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/17 10 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  700      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/17 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  250      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  8-10      Risso's Dolphins
      Northern Fur Seal
      Black-footed Albatross

5/16 10 a.m. 15      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
  100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

5/16 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales (eating sea lion)
  12      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise
      Northern Fur Seal
      Black-footed Albatross

5/15 10 a.m.     Blue Whales
      Gray Whales
  500      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

5/15 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  300      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  10      Risso's Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

5/14 3 p.m. 25      Humpback Whales
  200      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/14 2 p.m. 22      Humpback Whales
  700      Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  rafts of      Velella velella (by-the-wind sailors)

5/14 10 a.m. 45      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
  150      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/14 9 a.m. 40      Humpback Whales
  11      Killer Whales
      Fin Whales
  17      Harbor Porpoise
      Northern Fur Seal
      Blue Shark
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

5/13 2 p.m. 26      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Gray Whales (cow & calf)
      Fin Whale
      Harbor Porpoise
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

5/13 9 a.m. 46      Humpback Whales (8 "friendlies")
      Blue Whale
      Dall's Porpoise
      Northern Fur Seal
      Blue Shark

5/12 3 p.m. 35      Humpback Whales (lots of breaching)

5/12 10 a.m. 30      Humpback Whales
  40      Killer Whales

5/12 9 a.m. 37      Humpback Whales
  40+      Killer Whales
      Gray Whales

5/11 2 p.m. 13      Humpback Whales
  15      Killer Whales
      Blue Whale
      Minke Whale
      Harbor Porpoise

5/11 10 a.m. 22      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Fin Whale
  1800      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/11 9 a.m. 18      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Gray Whales
      Fin Whales
  1000      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  75      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  30      Risso's Dolphins
  10      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/10 2 p.m. 15      Humpback Whales (2 "friendlies")
      Blue Whale
  2000      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/10 10 a.m. 15      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  1000      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100      Risso's Dolphins
  200      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/10 9 a.m. 55      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Harbor Porpoise
  20      Black-footed Albatross
      Tufted puffins

5/9 2 p.m. 41      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
      Gray Whale
      Black-footed Albatross

5/9 10 a.m. 10      Humpback Whales
  15      Killer Whales
      Fin Whales
  1000      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/9 9 a.m. 30      Humpback Whales
  8-15      Killer Whales
      Fin Whale
  15      Risso's Dolphins
  1000      Northern Right Whale Dolphins & Pacific
White-sided Dolphins (mixed mega-pod)
      Elephant Seal

5/8 3 p.m. 17      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
      Dall's Porpoise

5/8 2 p.m. 21      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale

5/8 10 a.m. 18      Humpback Whales (1 entangled)
      Blue Whale
  2000      Northern Right Whale Dolphins & Pacific
White-sided Dolphins (mixed mega-pod)

5/8 9 a.m. 41      Humpback Whales (including 3 "friendlies" under the boat)
      Blue Whale
  1400      Northern Right Whale Dolphins & Pacific
White-sided Dolphins (mixed mega-pod)
      Elephant Seal
      Northern Fur Seal
      Black-footed Albatross
      Laysan Albatross

5/7 2 p.m. 41      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  20      Risso's Dolphins

5/7 9 a.m. 82      Humpback Whales
  1750      Northern Right Whale Dolphins & Pacific
White-sided Dolphins (mixed mega-pod)

5/6 2 p.m. 22      Humpback Whales
  25-30      Killer Whales

5/6 10 a.m. 25      Humpback Whales
  23      Killer Whales
      Harbor Porpoise
      Laysan Albatross

5/6 9 a.m. 40-50      Humpback Whales
  25      Killer Whales
      Laysan Albatross

5/5 2 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales (1 breached for 40+ minutes)
      Fin Whales
  30      Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/5 10 a.m. 13      Humpback Whales
  20      Killer Whales
      Harbor Porpoise

5/5 9 a.m. 30+      Humpback Whales
  20-25      Killer Whales

5/4 2 p.m. 34      Humpback Whales
  30      Killer Whales
      Tufted Puffins
      Laysan Albatross

5/4 10 a.m. 15      Humpback Whales
  20      Killer Whales
      Gray Whales
      Harbor Porpoise

5/4 9 a.m. 22      Humpback Whales
  37+      Killer Whales
      Harbor Porpoise
      Laysan Albatross

5/3 2 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  2000      Northern Right Whale Dolphins & Pacific
White-sided Dolphins mixed species

5/3 10 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  100      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100      Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/3 9 a.m. 70      Humpback Whales
      Fin Whale
      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

5/2 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Fin Whales
  20      Risso's Dolphins

5/2 9 a.m. 10      Humpback Whales
      Fin Whales
  50      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  30      Risso's Dolphins
  40      Northern Right Whale Dolphins
      Elephant Seal
      Northern Fur Seal

5/1 2 p.m.     Humpback Whales

5/1 9 a.m.     Humpback Whales
  2000      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1000      Northern Right Whale Dolphins
   Male Killer Whale spyhopping, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Male Killer Whale spyhopping (May 23, 2016)

Blue Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale (May 23, 2016)

Killer Whale upside down, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale upside down (May 22, 2016)

Killer Whales with Sea Wolf II, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales with Sea Wolf II (May 21, 2016)

Southern Sea Otters, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters (May 21, 2016)

Pigeon Guillemots, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pigeon Guillemots (May 21, 2016)

Female Killer Whale with calf, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Female Killer Whale with calf (May 21, 2016)

Mother and calf Northern Right Whale Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mother and calf Northern Right Whale Dolphins
(note fetal folds still on calf - May 21, 2016)

Long-beaked Common Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphins (May 15, 2016)

Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (May 14, 2016)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (May 14, 2016)

Blue Whale lunge feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale lunge feeding (May 13, 2016)

Northern Fur Seal, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Fur Seal (May 13, 2016)

Spy-hopping Killer Whale by Sea Wolf II, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Spy-hopping Killer Whale by Sea Wolf II
(May 9, 2016)

Humpback Whale breaching, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale breaching (May 8, 2016)

Fin Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fin Whale (May 8, 2016)

Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (May 7, 2016)

Laysan Albatross and Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Laysan Albatross and Black-footed Albatross
(May 7, 2016)

Killer Whale and Black-footed Albatross by the Blackfin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale and Black-footed Albatross
by the Blackfin (May 6, 2016)

Humpback Whale lunge-feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge-feeding (May 6, 2016)

Young Fin Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Young Fin Whale (May 2, 2016)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (May 1, 2016)

Pigeon Guillemot eating a Pelagic Red Crab, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pigeon Guillemot eating a Pelagic Red Crab
(May 1, 2016)

Humpback Whale tail throwing, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throwing (May 1, 2016)

Mother and pup Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mother and pup Southern Sea Otter (May 1, 2016)

Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin
(May 1, 2016)


All photos © 2016 Daniel Bianchetta

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