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

March 1-31, 2003
compiled by Richard Ternullo
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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.

Date #     Type of Animal(s)

3/30 9     Gray Whales (two trips)
  2     Killer Whales
  2     Fin Whales *
  350     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  100     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

3/29 p.m. 2     Gray Whales
  6     Gray Whales *
  1     Humpback Whale *

3/29 a.m. 3     Gray Whales
  1     Northern Fur Seal *

3/28 8     Gray Whales (two trips)
  3     Killer Whales
  150     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  100     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  15   Risso's Dolphins

3/27       No trip (weather)
  500     Long Beaked Common Dolphins *

3/26 11     Gray Whales
  14     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  200   Risso's Dolphins
  40     Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  7     Harbor Porpoise *

3/25 7     Gray Whales
  640     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  40     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

3/24 6     Gray Whales
  15   Risso's Dolphins

3/23 p.m. 27     Gray Whales
  7     Killer Whales *

3/23 a.m. 15     Gray Whales
  1     Humpback Whale *

3/22 p.m. 12     Killer Whales
  150     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

3/22 a.m. 20     Gray Whales
  500     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

3/21 10     Gray Whales
  2000     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  350     Long Beaked Common Dolphins *
  200     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

3/20 16     Gray Whales

3/19 22     Gray Whales
  500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  4     Dall's Porpoise

3/18       No trip (weather)

3/17       No trip (weather)

3/16 p.m. 41     Gray Whales

3/16 a.m. 37     Gray Whales

3/15 p.m. 30     Gray Whales
  2     Humpback Whales

3/15 a.m. 27     Gray Whales
  45   Risso's Dolphins
  350   Risso's Dolphins *
  4     Dall's Porpoise

3/14 p.m.       No trip (weather)

3/14 a.m. 14     Gray Whales
  350     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

3/13 12     Gray Whales
  30+     Killer Whales (See Feature Story)
  2500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  100     Long Beaked Common Dolphins *
  30     Common Dolphins
  50     Northern Right Whale Dolphins *

3/12 28     Gray Whales
  15   Risso's Dolphins *
  5     Harbor Porpoise *

3/11 18     Gray Whales

3/10 14     Gray Whales
  2500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  300   Risso's Dolphins

3/9 seabird 14     Gray Whales
        trip 1     Humpback Whale

3/9 p.m. 18     Gray Whales

3/9 a.m. 23     Gray Whales
  100     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  500   Risso's Dolphins
  15     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

3/8 p.m. 27     Gray Whales

3/8 a.m. 33     Gray Whales

3/7 p.m.       No trip (weather)

3/7 a.m. 18     Gray Whales
  50     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  200     Long Beaked Common Dolphins *
  450   Risso's Dolphins
  20   Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  2   Bottlenose Dolphins *

3/6 300     Long Beaked Common Dolphins *

3/5 22     Gray Whales
  17     Killer Whales

3/4 26     Gray Whales
  350     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  55   Risso's Dolphins

3/3 24     Gray Whales
  2     Killer Whales
  600     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

3/2 p.m. 18     Gray Whales
  60   Risso's Dolphins

3/2 a.m. 26     Gray Whales
  7     Killer Whales *
  40     Pacific White Sided Dolphins

3/1 p.m. 26     Gray Whales
  60     Pacific White Sided Dolphins

3/1 a.m. 23     Gray Whales
  45   Risso's Dolphins



Click for map of these sightings.

Sightings reported by B. Austin, D. Davi, G. Fisher, F/V Donna Kathleen, D. Lemon, N. Lemon, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, S. Munro, H. Neece, L. Oliver, T. Lorenz, R. Ternullo, H. Tiura, J. Williamson, K. Whitaker, and an unknown observer.


Copyright © 2003 R. Ternullo. No use of the sightings information is permitted without prior approval.



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