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

June 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)

6/30 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins (back flips!)
  50 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins

6/30 1 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  230 Pacific White-sided Dolphins (back flips!)
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  2 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/30 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  2 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/30 8 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair, lunge-feeding)
  80 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  120 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  2 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/30 8 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (friendly)
 All Day 10 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  80 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)
  3 Great White Sharks

6/29 2 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (tail slaps & tail throws)

6/29 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (tail throwing, lob-tailing)

6/29 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (friendly whale)

6/29 8 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  220 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  180 Right-whale Dolphins

6/28 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin
  20 Risso's Dolphins

6/28 8 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and breaching)
  310 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  190 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

6/27 9 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Risso's Dolphins

6/27 8 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales

6/26 12 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (tail throws, breaching)
  1 Blue Shark
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/26 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

6/26 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  7 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

6/25 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  8 Bottlenose Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins

6/25 1 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair; breaching, lunge feeding)
  12 Risso's Dolphins

6/25 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair; breaching, pec slap, tail throws)
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  70 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Tufted Puffin

6/25 8 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (tail throws)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins

6/24 1 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching calf, lots of tail throws)
  100 Risso's Dolphins

6/24 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching, head slaps)
  400 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Blue Sharks
  3 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Tufted Puffin

6/24 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  80 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/24 8 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (tail-throws, pec-slaps, breaching / cow & calf pair)
 All Day 250 Risso's Dolphins

6/23 5:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

6/23 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (tail-throw, breaching)
  1 Blue Whale
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/23 1 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (pec-slapping)
  1 Blue Whale

6/23 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (tail throws)
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark

6/23 8 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (breach, pec-slap)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

6/23 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
 All Day 150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Blue Sharks

6/22 5:30p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  10 Dall's Porpoise
  2 Blue Sharks

6/22 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  1 South Polar Skua

6/22 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

6/22 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  380 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  Black-footed Albatross

6/22 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1 Fork Tailed Storm Petrel

6/22 8 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
 All Day 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  450 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark

6/21 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (tail throws, breaching)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

6/21 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  11 Risso's Dolphins

6/21 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s)
  80 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  120 Risso's Dolphins

6/21 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s)
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise

6/20 5:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/20 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

6/20 1 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail slapping)
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

6/20 9 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark

6/20 8 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  30 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  6 Bottlenose Dolphins
  8 Black-footed Albatross

6/19 1 p.m. 9 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s & CA138s)

6/19 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching, head slaps)
  9 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s &; CA138s)
  800 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

6/19 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  125 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

6/18 5:30 p.m. 9 Killer Whales (Orcas)
predation on Sea Lion

6/18 2 p.m. 9 Killer Whales (Orcas)
predation on likely harbor porpoise

6/18 1 p.m. 11 Killer Whales (Orcas)

6/18 9 a.m. 11 Killer Whales (Orcas - hunting Sea Lion)
  300 Risso's Dolphins

6/18 8 a.m. 11 11 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  300 Risso's Dolphins

6/17 1 p.m. 8 Killer Whales
(Orcas: breaching, spyhopping, tail slaps)

6/17 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  8 Killer Whales
(Orcas: breaching, spyhopping, tail slapping)
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  25 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

6/17 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  70 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark

6/16 2 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  3 Blue Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross

6/16 1 p.m. 1 Blue Whale
  1 Black-footed Albatross
    California Brown Pelican
    Brandt's Cormorants

6/16 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (feeding, tail throw, breaching)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  2 Black-Footed Albatross

6/15 2 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales

6/15 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  5 Risso's Dolphins

6/15 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

6/15 8 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  30 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  5 Black-footed Albatross

6/14 2 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales (breaching
  250 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/14 9 a.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51B "Fatfin", CA35 + calf, CA21)
  400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  70 Risso's Dolphins

6/14 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slap, tail throws)
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51B "Fatfin", CA35 female and calf)
  400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1 Tufted Puffin

6/13 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

6/13 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail slaps)
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas, CA51's Star, O'Rion, Comet, Bumper)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

6/13 8 a.m. 4 Killer Whales (Orcas, CA51s - breaching, feeding)
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Harbor Porpoise

6/12 2 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales (2 cow/calf pairs)

6/12 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair)

6/12 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair breaching)
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

6/12 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair - breaching, tail slaps)

6/11 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1,000 Risso's Dolphins

6/11 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  6 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  75 Risso's Dolphins

6/11 8 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  1 Blue Whale
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  800 Risso's Dolphins

6/10 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (mating)
  55 Risso's Dolphins

6/10 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail throw)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

6/10 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  150 Risso's Dolphins

6/9 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (spouting, fluking, feeding)

6/9 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  4 Biggs Killer Whales (Orcas, CA51 pod)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

6/9 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  4 Biggs Killer Whales (Orcas, CA51 pod)
  50 Pacific White-sided dolphins
  400 Risso's dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

6/9 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  4 Biggs Killer Whales (Orcas, CA51 pod, tail slapping)
  50 Pacific White-sided dolphins
  10 Northern Right-whale dolphins
  500 Risso's dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

6/8 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas)

6/8 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (tail throw)

6/8 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (breaching, lob-tailing)
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas - predation)

6/8 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  3 Harbor Porpoise

6/7 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale

6/7 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  4 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

6/6 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (tail throwing and pec slapping)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

6/6 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (pec slaps)
  75 Risso's Dolphins

6/5 1 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

6/5 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
 Sea Wolf II 150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

6/5 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
 Point Sur Clipper 200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  80 Risso's Dolphins

6/4 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  20 Harbor Porpoise

6/4 1:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

6/4 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

6/3 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair, breaching)
  35 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  25 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

6/3 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
(breaching, pec slapping, lunge-feeding)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise

6/3 8 a.m.
 All Day
9 Humpback Whales
(cow/calf pair, lunge-feeding, breaching, tail and pec slaps)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  12 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  700 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Elephant Seal
  4 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

6/2 5:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  5 Risso's Dolphins

6/2 2 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales
(breaching, head slaps, tail throws, lunge-feeding)

6/2 1 p.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breach)
  1 Harbor Porpoise

6/2 9 a.m. 29 Humpback Whales (tail throws, lunge-feeding)
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

6/2 8 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, penducle slap)
  55 Risso's Dolphins

6/1 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales

6/1 1 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (tail throws)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

6/1 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair)
  60 Pacific White-sided dolphins
  7 Harbor Porpoise

6/1 8 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales (tail lobbing, breaching)
 All Day 10 Harbor Porpoise

   All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta


Great White Shark, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great White Shark (June 30, 2019)


Humpback Whale Eye, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale Eye (June 30, 2019)


Humpback Whale throwing tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale throwing tail (June 29, 2019)


Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (June 28, 2019)


Lunge feeding Humpback Whale (note Anchovies in the air), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge feeding Humpback Whale
(note Anchovies in the air) (June 28, 2019)


Humpback Whales, cow/calf pair, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales, cow/calf pair
(June 25, 2019)


Southern Sea Otters, mom and pup, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters, mom & pup
(June 25, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (June 25, 2019)


Great Blue Heron, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great Blue Heron (June 25, 2019)


Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (June 23, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter in the Kelp, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter in the Kelp (June 23, 2019)


Breaching Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (June 23, 2019)


Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (June 22, 2019)


Northern Right-whale Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right-whale Dolphins (June 22, 2019)


Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale (June 22, 2019)


Male Killer Whale (Orca), Bumper, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Male Killer Whale (Orca), Bumper
(June 21, 2019)


Black-footed Albatross eating a Humbolt Squid, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross eating a Humbolt Squid
(June 20, 2019)


Humpback Whale lunge-feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge-feeding (June 20, 2019)


Bottlenose Dolphins just outside the Kelp, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphins just outside the Kelp
(June 20, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (June 18, 2019)


Young Killer Whale (Orca), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Young Killer Whale (Orca) (June 18, 2019)


Killer Whale (Orca) breaching , photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) breaching (June 18, 2019)


Killer Whale (Orca) breaching , photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) breaching (June 17, 2019)


Young Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale Tail (note Killer Whale rack marks)
(June 16, 2019)


California Brown Pelican with Brandts Cormorants, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Brown Pelican with Brandt's Cormorants
(June 16, 2019)


Young Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Young Pacific White-sided Dolphin
(June 15, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (June 13, 2019)


Killer Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale tail (underside) (June 13, 2019)


Male Killer Whale (Bumper) breaching, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Male Killer Whale (Bumper) breaching
(June 13, 2019)


Humpback Whale (pectoral fin) and Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale (pectoral fin) and Risso's Dolphin
(June 10, 2019)


Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale (June 10, 2019)


Killer Whale (orca) tail throwing, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) Tail Throwing (June 8, 2019)


Humpback Whale and Killer Whale (orca), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and Killer Whale (Orca)
(June 8, 2019)


Killer Whales (orcas), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) (June 8, 2019)


Killer Whales (orcas) near the Blackfin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) near the Blackfin
(June 8, 2019)


Humpback Whale pec slapping, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale pec slapping close to shore
(June 6, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter and Gull, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter and Gull, note back flippers
(June 6, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins surfing, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins surfing (June 6, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (June 6, 2019)


Northern Right-whale Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right-whale Dolphins (June 3, 2019)


Risso's Dolphin kelping (playing in the kelp), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin kelping (playing in the kelp)
(June 3, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins and a Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins and a Pacific White-sided Dolphin
(June 3, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (June 1, 2019)


Humpback Whale breaching, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale breaching (June 1, 2019)


Humpback Whale tail throw, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throw (June 1, 2019)




All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta


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