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

January 1-31, 2019
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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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Date # Type of Animal(s)

1/31 10 a.m. 30 Gray Whales
  80 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

1/30 3 p.m. 12 Gray Whales

1/30 9 a.m. 31 Gray Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins

1/29 11 a.m. 38 Gray Whales

1/28 3 p.m. 35 Gray Whales

1/28 11 a.m. 37 Gray Whales
  12 Risso's Dolphins

1/28 9 a.m. 55 Gray Whales

1/27 3 p.m. 17 Gray Whales

1/27 1 p.m. 45 Gray Whales

1/27 11 a.m. 51 Gray Whales

1/27 10 a.m. 35 Gray Whales (breaching and tail throws)

1/27 9 a.m. 51 Gray Whales

1/26 3 p.m. 34 Gray Whales (fluking, spouting, and fabulous sunset)

1/26 1 p.m. 31 Gray Whales
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins

1/26 11 a.m. 58 Gray Whales
  22 Risso's Dolphins (mating)

1/26 9 a.m. 39 Gray Whales
  5 Bottlenose Dolphins

1/25 3 p.m. 25 Gray Whales (breaching)
  1 Incredible Sunset

1/25 10 a.m. 41 Gray Whales
  80 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

1/25 9 a.m. 44 Gray Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

1/24 11:30 a.m. 25 Gray Whales
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins

1/24 9 a.m. 38 Gray Whales

1/23 3 p.m. 14 Gray Whales

1/23 11 a.m. 13 Gray Whales

1/22 3 p.m. 16 Gray Whales

1/22 11 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin

1/22 9 a.m. 12 Gray Whales (breaching)

1/21 10 a.m. 12 Gray Whales

1/20 11 a.m. 15 Gray Whales (fluking and traveling)

1/20 9 a.m. 16 Gray Whales

1/19 3 p.m. 7 Gray Whales

1/19 2 p.m. 10 Gray Whales
  12 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

1/19 11 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

1/19 9 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

1/19 9 a.m. 29 Gray Whales
8 hour All Day   120 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Albatross

1/18 3 p.m. 5 Gray Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins and Casper!

1/18 10 a.m. 15 Gray Whales

1/15 9 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Egg Yolk Jellyfish

1/14 9 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  3 Egg Yolk Jellyfish

1/13 3 p.m. 5 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

1/13 11 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  275 Risso's Dolphins (breaching, tail slaps, head slaps, and mating)

1/13 9 a.m. 12 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins (breaching and head slaps)

1/12 3 p.m. 1 Gray Whale
  1 Humpback Whale (tail throws and breaching)

1/12 2 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale (breaching, tail slaps, chin slaps)

1/12 11 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  2 Humpback Whales

1/12 9 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  1 Black-footed Albatross

1/11 9 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

1/10 11:30 a.m. 4 Gray Whales (fluking and traveling)

1/10 9 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

1/8 9 a.m. 4 Gray Whales

1/7 2 p.m. 2 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

1/7 9 a.m. 9 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Egg Yolk Jellyfish

1/4 3 p.m. 13 Gray Whales (fluking up)

1/4 2 p.m. 2 Gray Whales

1/4 10 a.m. 11 Gray Whales (fluking up)

1/4 9 a.m. 8 Gray Whales

1/3 3 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  150 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

1/3 2 p.m. 2 Gray Whales (breaching)
  15 Risso's Dolphins (feeding, breaching)

1/3 10 a.m. 14 Gray Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

1/3 9 a.m. 12 Gray Whales
  250 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

1/2 3 p.m. 7 Gray Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins

1/2 2 p.m. 9 Gray Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

1/2 10 a.m. 6 Gray Whales (mother and calf)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

1/2 9 a.m. 6 Gray Whales (mother and calf)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

1/1 3 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  3 Gray Whales

1/1 2 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  2 Gray Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

1/1 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  5 Gray Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

1/1 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  6 Gray Whales

   All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta

Gray Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales (January 27, 2019)

Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale (January 26, 2019)

Gray Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales (January 26, 2019)

Gray Whale tail at sunset, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale tail at sunset (January 25, 2019)

Southern Sea Otter, tethering to a buoy, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter, tethering to a buoy (January 22, 2019)

Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale (January 19, 2019)

Gray Whale heart blow, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale heart blow (January 19, 2019)

Albino Risso's Dolphin, Casper, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Albino Risso's Dolphin, Casper (January 18, 2019)

Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (January 18, 2019)

Risso's Dolphin breaching near shore, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin breaching near shore (January 13, 2019)

Great Egret, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great Egret (January 10, 2019)

Brown Pelican and Sea Lion, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Pelican and Sea Lion (January 10, 2019)

Risso's Dolphins by the lighthouse, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins by the lighthouse (January 10, 2019)

Black Turnstone, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black Turnstone (January 7, 2019)

Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (January 7, 2019)

Gray Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale tail (January 4, 2019)

Gray Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale tail (January 4, 2019)

Squid boat at sunset, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Squid boat at sunset (January 3, 2019)

Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale (January 3, 2019)

Mother and very young pup Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mother and very young pup Sea Otter (January 3, 2019)

Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (January 3, 2019)

All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta


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