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

Since August 1, 2015
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)

8/30 p.m.     Humpback Whales (1 at the fuel dock)

8/30 a.m. 50      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  400      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  40      Risso's Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/29 late p.m. 45      Humpback Whales (lunge feeding and breaching)
  280      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/29 p.m. 25      Humpback Whales
  350      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/29 a.m. 25      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whale (Fat Fin)
  250      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/28 late p.m. 25      Humpback Whales

8/28 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales
  250      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/28 a.m. 35      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales
  150      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/27 a.m. 27      Humpback Whales (lunge feeding)
  500      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  500      Risso's Dolphins

8/26 p.m. 25      Humpback Whales
  400      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/26 a.m. 19      Humpback Whales
  500      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  10      Risso's Dolphins

8/25 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales

8/25 a.m. 32      Humpback Whales

8/24 p.m. 25      Humpback Whales
  350      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/24 a.m. 60      Humpback Whales
  1200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
     

Harbor Porpoise


8/23 late p.m. 40      Humpback Whales (breached 20+ times)

8/23 p.m. 40      Humpback Whales
      Killer Whales (hunted & killed a harbor seal)
  350      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/23 a.m. 18      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
      Fin Whales
  400      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  60      Risso's Dolphins
     

Dall's Porpoise


8/22 late p.m. 28      Humpback Whales
  80      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/22 p.m. 40      Humpback Whales
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/22 a.m. 24      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  400      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  120      Risso's Dolphins
     

Harbor Porpoise

      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/21 late p.m. 35      Humpback Whales
  250      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/21 p.m. 40      Humpback Whales
  1500      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  20     

Harbor Porpoise

  15     

Dall's Porpoise


8/21 a.m. 50      Humpback Whales
  800      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  300      Risso's Dolphins
  100     

Harbor Porpoise

     

Large Shark (possibly a white shark)


8/20 late p.m. 40      Humpback Whales (lunge feeding)
  100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
     

Harbor Porpoise


8/20 p.m. 11      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/20 a.m. 17      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/19 late p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  20      Risso's Dolphins

8/19 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
     

Steller Sea Lion


8/19 a.m. 32      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  1100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
     

Harbor Porpoise

      Northern Fur Seals

8/18 late p.m. 37      Humpback Whales (lunge feeding)
  300      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/18 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
     

Dall's Porpoise


8/18 a.m. 13      Humpback Whales
  75      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  100      Risso's Dolphins
     

Dall's Porpoise


8/17 late p.m. 15      Humpback Whales
      Minke Whale
  50      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/17 p.m. 25      Humpback Whales
  250      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/17 a.m. 27      Humpback Whales
      Minke Whale
  300      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Elephant Seal

8/16 late p.m. 14      Humpback Whales
  180      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/16 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales
  120      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/16 a.m. 20      Humpback Whales
  300      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/15 a.m. 21      Humpback Whales
  180      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/14 a.m. 40      Humpback Whales
  100      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/13 p.m.     Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales

8/13 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whales
  425      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  12      Risso's Dolphins

8/12 late p.m. 10      Humpback Whales
  300      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/12 p.m. 15      Humpback Whales
  500      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  40      Risso's Dolphins

8/12 a.m. 32      Humpback Whales
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/11 late p.m. 10      Humpback Whales (breaching calf)
  50      Risso's Dolphins

8/11 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  500      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/11 a.m. 30      Humpback Whales
      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/10 late p.m.     Humpback Whales
  15      Risso's Dolphins
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/10 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Blue Whale
  30      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/10 a.m. 16      Humpback Whales
  80      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  180      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
      Dall's Porpoise

8/9 p.m. 16      Humpback Whales
  Lots of     Anchovy at surface

8/9 a.m. 24      Humpback Whales (breaching & lunge feeding)
  350     Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/8 late p.m. 14      Humpback Whales with a mother-calf
pair breaching over 40 times

8/8 p.m. 17      Humpback Whales
      Minke Whale
     

Harbor Porpoise


8/8 a.m. 18      Humpback Whales
  50      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  15      Risso's Dolphins
     

Steller Sea Lions

      Fur Seal

8/7 late p.m. 20      Humpback Whales
  300,000+      Shearwaters

8/7 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales

8/7 a.m. 17      Humpback Whales
  10      Risso's Dolphins
     

Dall's Porpoise


8/6 p.m. 20      Humpback Whales

8/6 a.m. 20      Humpback Whales
  150      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
     

Dall's Porpoise

    "Mackerel" Shark (unidentifiable, 8-9 feet)
      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/5 p.m.     Humpback Whales
  300     Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/5 a.m. 12      Humpback Whales
      Minke Whale
  575      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  35-40      Risso's Dolphins
  10     

Dall's Porpoise

      Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

8/4 late p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  12      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  350      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  35      Risso's Dolphins

8/4 p.m. 22      Humpback Whales
      Fin Whale
  300      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  40      Risso's Dolphins

8/4 a.m. 35      Humpback Whales
  600      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  15      Risso's Dolphins
  12     

Dall's Porpoise


8/3 late p.m. 22      Humpback Whales
  30      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  85      Risso's Dolphins
      Bottlenose Dolphins
  15     

Dall's Porpoise


8/3 p.m. 26      Humpback Whales
  15      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  2000     Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/3 a.m. 22      Humpback Whales
  20      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  480     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  30      Risso's Dolphins

8/2 late p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  450     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  80      Risso's Dolphins

8/2 p.m. 11      Humpback Whales
  200      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/2 a.m. 15      Humpback Whales
  120      Pacific White-sided Dolphins
        Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  40      Risso's Dolphins
     

Dall's Porpoise


8/1 late p.m. 10      Humpback Whales
  280      Long-beaked Common Dolphins

8/1 p.m. 12      Humpback Whales
  300      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  15      Risso's Dolphins
     

Elephant Seals


8/1 a.m. 14      Humpback Whales
  250      Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  80      Risso's Dolphins
     

Dall's Porpoise

       
  Humpback Whales lunge feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge feeding (Aug. 29, 2015)

Black Oystercatcher, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black Oystercatcher (Aug. 28, 2015)

Spy-hopping Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Spy-hopping Killer Whale (Aug. 23, 2015)

Blue Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale tail (Aug. 23, 2015)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (Aug. 23, 2015)

Blue Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale (Aug. 22, 2015)

Long-beaked Common Dolphin and Elegant Tern, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphin and Elegant Tern
(Aug. 21, 2015)

Harbor Porpoise, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Porpoise (Aug. 21, 2015)

Humpback Whale and Long-beaked Common Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and Long-beaked
Common Dolphin (Aug. 21, 2015)

Long-beaked Common Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphins (Aug. 16, 2015)

Humpback Whale Tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale Tail (Aug. 15, 2015)

Breaching Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (Aug. 15, 2015)

Southern Sea Otter and California Sea Lion, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter and California Sea Lion
(Aug. 15, 2015)

Blue Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale tail (Aug. 10, 2015)

Humpback Whale lunge feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Anchovies (Aug. 9, 2015)

Humpback Whale lunge feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge feeding (Note baleen)
(Aug. 9, 2015)

Northern Fulmar, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Fulmar (Aug. 9, 2015)

Breaching mother and calf Humpback Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching mother and calf Humpback Whales
(Aug. 8, 2015)

Humpback Whale tail and setting sun, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail and setting sun
(Aug. 7, 2015)

Humpback Whales lunge-feeding close to shore, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Three Humpback Whales by the Lighthouse
(Aug. 7, 2015)

Schooling Anchovies, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Schooling Anchovies (Aug. 7, 2015)

Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (Aug. 7, 2015)

Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (Aug. 3, 2015)

Egg Yolk Jelly, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Egg Yolk Jelly (Aug. 3, 2015)

Humpback Whale tail at sunset, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail at sunset (Aug. 2, 2015)

Long-beaked Common Dolphins by Pt. Sur Clipper, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphins by Pt. Sur Clipper
(Aug. 2, 2015)

Elegant Tern eating an Anchovy, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Elegant Tern eating an Anchovy (Aug. 2, 2015)

Humpback Whales lunge-feeding close to shore, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge-feeding close to shore
(Aug. 1, 2015)



  Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (Aug. 1, 2015)


All photos © 2015 Daniel Bianchetta

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