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

May 2020
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Note -- This list includes reported sightings from Monterey Bay Whale Watch trips. Unusual sightings of other marine animals such as Leatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks are also listed, in addition to unusual seabirds such as Albatross and Brown Boobies. California Sea Lions are mentioned only if numbers or behavior are of interest. Harbor Seals and Southern Sea Otters, which are seen on all whale watching trips, are not included in the list.

There were no regularly scheduled whale watching trips in May, due to sheltering in place. All sightings in May were on Survey Days - Our biologists monitor and count species. Sightings from Survey Days are highlighted in pale yellow.

These sightings are copyright protected and may not be used without permission from Nancy Black. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of this information is a violation of federal copyright law, and is subject to prosecution to the full extent of the law.


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Date # Type of Animal(s)

5/31 (4 hrs) 6 Humpback Whales
Research
Survey
300 Risso's Dolphins

5/28 (4 hrs) 8 Humpback Whales
Research
Survey
350 Risso's Dolphins

5/24 (6 hrs) 5 Humpback Whales
Research
Survey
15 Risso's Dolphins

5/17 (6 hrs) 5 Humpback Whales
Research
50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Survey 50 Risso's Dolphins

5/16 (4 hrs) 4 Humpback Whales
Research
70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Survey 20 Risso's Dolphins
  150 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/12 (5 hrs) 49 Humpback Whales
Research
100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Survey 300 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

5/10 (5 hrs)
Research
Survey
24 Humpback Whales

5/9 (4 hrs) 17 Humpback Whales
Research
Survey
20 Risso's Dolphins

5/6 (5 hrs)
Research
Survey
16 Humpback Whales

5/3 (4 hrs) 26 Humpback Whales
Research
500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Survey 30 Risso's Dolphins
     
  2 Harbor Porpoise

5/2 (6 hrs) 24 Humpback Whales
Research
150 Risso's Dolphins
Survey 6 Dall's Porpoise

5/1 (4 hrs) 23 Humpback Whales
Research
Survey
150 Risso's Dolphins

   All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta


Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (May 17, 2020)

Risso's Dolphin and Brandt's Cormorants photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin and Brandt's Cormorants
(May 17, 2020)

Black-footed Albatross taking off photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross taking off (May 16, 2020)

Humpback Whale tail and Sea Lion photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail and Sea Lion (May 12, 2020)

Humpback Whale tail ID photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail ID photo (May 7, 2020)

Osprey photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Osprey (May 7, 2020)

Bottlenose Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphins (May 7, 2020)



All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta


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