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

April 1-30, 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)

4/30 2 p.m. 9 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA-51s
(breaching, feeding)

4/30 9 a.m. 9 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA-51s
(close to boat!, breaching, spy hopping)

4/30 8 a.m. 9 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA-51s
(breaching & spy hopping)

4/30 8 a.m.
All Day
25 Humpback Whales
(breaching & tail throwing)
  15 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA-51s and CA-140s
(predation on Elephant Seal, breaching, spy-hopping, rolling)
  1 Elephant Seal

4/29 2 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (tail throws, pec slaps, foraging)
  6 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)
  hundreds Sea Lions

4/29 1 p.m. 9 Humpback Whales
(breaching, tail throws, pec slapping, friendly with boat)

4/29 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/29 8 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales (tail throws)
  75 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/29 8 a.m.
 All Day
28 Humpback Whales
(breaching, tail throwing, tail lobbing)
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Northern Fur Seal

4/28 2 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales (tail slaps, close encounter)

4/28 1 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  4 Harbor Porpoise
  4 Black-footed Albatross

4/28 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/28 8 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Harbor Porpoise
  4 Black-footed Albatross

4/28 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
 All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  34 Harbor Porpoise

4/27 6 p.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas) from CA51A group
(attacking Gray Whale calf)
  1 Gray Whale calf

4/27 2 p.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas) from CA51A group
(hunting Gray Whale calf)
  2 Gray Whales (cow/calf pair)

4/27 1 p.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas) from CA51A group
(hunting Gray Whale calf)
  2 Gray Whales (cow/calf pair)

4/27 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail slapping, cruising)

4/27 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  10 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Tufted Puffin
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/27 8 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales
 All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas) from CA51A group
(attacked and killed Gray Whale calf)
see Facebook for video
  2 Gray Whales (cow/calf pair)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins

4/26 2 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (logging behavior)
  15 Harbor Porpoise

4/26 1 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (tail throws, tail slaps)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/26 9 a.m. 4 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Harbor Porpoise
  7 Black-footed Albatross

4/26 8 a.m.
 All Day
5 Killer Whales (Orcas) - (predation on Sea Lion,
chased and ate Seabirds, tossed Salmon)
  200 Risso's Dolphins

4/25 2 p.m. 16 Humpback Whales (repeated lunge-feeding)
thousands of fish seen being eaten

4/25 1 p.m. 31 Humpback Whales (awesome lunge-feeding, tail slaps)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/25 9 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales ( lunge-feeding, head slaps, breaching)
  120 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/25 8 a.m. 51 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail slaps)
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  4 Black-footed Albatross

4/24 2 p.m. 16 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec-slapping, lob-tailing)
  16 Harbor Porpoise

4/24 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  4 "exotic" transient Killer Whales
(T165, T166, T166A, and a juvenile
previously sighted in British Columbia!)
  15 Harbor Porpoise

4/24 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  4 "exotic" transient Killer Whales
(T165, T166, T166A, and a juvenile
previously sighted in British Columbia!)
  1 Guadalupe Fur Seal (very rarely seen)
  1 Harbor Porpoise

4/23 2 p.m. 36 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  5 Harbor Porpoise

4/23 1 p.m. 18 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding with California Sea Lions)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/23 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/23 8 a.m. 28 Humpback Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Harbor Porpoise
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/23 8 a.m. 57 Humpback Whales
 All Day 2 Gray Whales
  70 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

4/22 2 p.m. 19 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding close)

4/22 1 p.m. 20 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1 Gray Whale (feeding)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/22 9 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales (feeding, breaching, tail throws)
    Harbor Porpoise

4/22 8 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales (feeding, breaching)
    Risso's Dolphins

4/21 9 a.m. 43 Humpback Whales
  51 Risso's Dolphins
  30 Harbor Porpoise

4/21 8 a.m. 37 Humpback Whales
  20 Harbor Porpoise
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/21 8 a.m. 124 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
 All Day 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/20 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales

4/20 8 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales

4/20 8 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales (breaching)
 All Day 5 Harbor Porpoise

4/19 2 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

4/19 1 p.m. 26 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding & tail slapping)

4/19 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Harbor Porpoise
  3 Black-footed Albatross

4/19 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

4/18 2 p.m. 18 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

4/18 1 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding with California Sea Lions)

4/18 9 a.m. 19 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  12 Harbor Porpoise

4/18 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/18 8 a.m. 65 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail throwing)
 All Day 2 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins

4/17 2 p.m. 18 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

4/17 1 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding with Sea Lions and Harbor Porpoise)

4/17 9 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  80 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/17 8 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/16 2 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (fluking & traveling)

4/16 1 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (tail throws)

4/16 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  8 Orcas (Killer Whales)
  25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

4/16 8 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales
  8 Orcas (Killer Whales)
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Harbor Porpoise

4/15 2 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales (with hundreds of Sea Lions)
  3 Harbor Porpoise

4/15 1 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding with Sea Lions)

4/15 9 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  9 Harbor Porpoise

4/15 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding & tail lobs)

4/15 8 a.m. 43 Humpback Whales
 All Day 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/14 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (2 lunge-feeding)
  1 Gray Whale

4/14 1 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales ( lunge-feeding & head-slaps)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/14 9 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  1 Orca (Killer Whale)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise

4/14 8 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales
  1 Orca (Killer Whale)
  2 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise
  5 Black-footed Albatross

4/14 8 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales (breaching)
 All Day 1 Orca (Killer Whale - breaching, tail-lobbing, pec slapping)
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

4/13 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

4/13 1 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (spouting, lunge-feeding)

4/13 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  800 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1,000 Risso's Dolphins

4/13 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  350 Risso's Dolphins
  8 Black-footed Albatross

4/13 8 a.m. 36 Humpback Whales (breaching & lunge-feeding)
All Day 3 Killer Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins*
  500 Risso's Dolphins*
  * Dolphins interacting with Humpback Whales

4/11 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  160 Risso's Dolphins

4/11 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins

4/8 2 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  4 Orcas (killer whales)
  3 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin

4/8 1 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  5 Orcas (killer whales)

4/8 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  4 Orcas (killer whales - Star, Bumper, Orion, and Comet)
  8 Harbor Porpoise

4/8 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  5 Orcas (killer whales - feeding on a Sea Lion)

4/7 2 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales
(with mom & calf pair tail slapping and tail throws)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/7 1 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  2 Gray Whales (mom & calf pair)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  26 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/7 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/7 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  90 Risso's Dolphins
  8 Harbor Porpoise

4/7 8 a.m.
All Day
15 Humpback Whales
(with mom & calf pair lunge feeding, breaching)
  4 Gray Whales
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

4/6 5:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
    Sunset and Crescent Moon!

4/6 2 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales

4/6 1 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales

4/6 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  3 Gray Whales
  6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/6 8 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  7 Gray Whales
  16 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross

4/6 8 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
All Day 2 Gray Whales
  2 Fin Whales
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

4/5 1 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales

4/5 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (tail throws)
  8 Gray Whales (migrating north)
    Shearwaters
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/5 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  2 Harbor Porpoise
  3 Black-footed Albatross

4/5 8 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
All-Day  9 Gray Whales
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  800 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  3 Harbor Porpoise

4/4 2 p.m. 16 Humpback Whales (feeding and traveling)
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin
  6 Harbor Porpoise

4/4 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  11 Gray Whales
  5 Harbor Porpoise

4/4 8 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (1 circled the boat!)
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/3 2 p.m. 8 Gray Whales

4/3 9 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  7 Killer Whales (breaching)
  1 Minke Whale
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/3 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  7 Killer Whales
  7 Northbound Gray Whales
  80 Risso’s Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/2 2 p.m. 13 Humpback Whales (tail throws, head slaps, breaching)

4/2 9 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail throwing, breaching)

4/2 8 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales (lunging)
  1 Gray Whale
  3 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/2 8 a.m. 48 Humpback Whales
 All Day 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Risso's Dolphins

4/1 2 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  10 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Kraken

4/1 1 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  10 Harbor Porpoise
  5 Salty Sea-dogs

4/1 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  6 Gray Whales
  4 Harbor Porpoise
  1,000 Narwhal

4/1 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  8 Gray Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Mermaid

   All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta

Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) (April 29, 2019)


Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (April 29, 2019)


California Sea Lion, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lion (April 29, 2019)


Humpback Whale breaching, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale breaching (April 28, 2019)


Killer Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale tail (April 28, 2019)


Killer Whale and Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale & Gray Whales during hunt
(April 27, 2019)


Killer Whale and Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale & Gray Whale during hunt
(April 27, 2019)



Elegant Tern with anchovy, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Elegant Tern with an Anchovy (April 25, 2019)


Lunge Feeding Humpbacks, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales
(note anchovies) - (April 25, 2019)


Breaching Male Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Male Killer Whale (April 25, 2019)


Breaching Female Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Female Killer Whale (April 25, 2019)


Humpback Whale and Bonaparte's Gulls, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and Bonaparte's Gulls
(April 22, 2019)


Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail, good ID shot - (April 22, 2019)


Red-necked Phalaropes, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Red-necked Phalaropes - (April 22, 2019)


Humpback Whales lunge-feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge-feeding - (April 21, 2019)


Bonaparte's Gull, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bonaparte's Gull - (April 19, 2019)


Humpback Whales lunge-feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge-feeding - (April 18, 2019)


Humpback Whale with California Sea Lions, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge feeding among
California Sea Lions (April 18, 2019)


California Sea Lion, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lion (April 18, 2019)


Northern Fur Seal, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Fur Seal (April 18, 2019)


Orcas (Killer Whales), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Orca (Killer Whale) - (April 14, 2019)


Orca (Killer Whale) tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Orca (Killer Whale) tail - (April 14, 2019)


Orcas (Killer Whales), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Orcas (Killer Whales) - (April 13, 2019)


Peregrine Falcon, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Peregrine Falcon - (April 13, 2019)


Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross - (April 13, 2019)


Harbor Seals, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seals - (April 13, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins - (April 11, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins - (April 11, 2019)


Humpback Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales - (April 11, 2019)


Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale - (April 11, 2019)


Orca (Killer Whale), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Orca (Killer Whale) - (April 8, 2019)


Orca (Killer Whale) near the Sea Wolf II, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Orca (Killer Whale) near the Sea Wolf II
(April 8, 2019)


Humpback Whales - mother and female calf, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales - mother & female calf
April 7, 2019)


Humpback Whales - mother and female calf, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales - mother & female calf
April 7, 2019)


Southern Sea Otters - mom and pup, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters - mom & pup
April 5, 2019)


Barn Swallow, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Barn Swallow April 5, 2019)


Northern Right-whale Dolphin calf, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right-whale Dolphin - a calf
April 5, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin
(April 5, 2019)


Black Turnstone, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black Turnstone (April 5, 2019)


Gray Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales (April 5, 2019)


Southern Sea Otters, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters (April 4, 2019)


Grebe, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Grebe (April 2, 2019)


Humpback Whale tail throwing and a Brandt's Cormorant, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throwing and a
Brandt’s Cormorant
(April 2, 2019)


Humpback Whale tail with gulls, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail with gulls
(April 1, 2019)


Humpback Whale Lunge Feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge feeding, note anchovies
(April 1, 2019)




All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta


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