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

March 2022
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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.

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   Killer Whale identifications by the California Killer Whale Project
Date # Type of Animal(s)

3/31 10 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  65 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

3/30 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

3/29 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

3/28 10 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping, tail lobbing)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

3/27 10 a.m. 33 Humpback Whales (breaching, competition pod,
and a friendly encounter!)
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  30 Harbor Porpoise

3/27 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (cow/calf breaching)
  160 Risso's Dolphins
  8 Harbor Porpoise

3/26 2:30 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  5 Harbor Porpoise

3/26 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  5 Harbor Porpoise

3/26 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  13 Humpback Whales (friendly)
  8 Harbor Porpoise
  5 Black-footed Albatross

3/25 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  4 Harbor Porpoise

3/25 10 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  15 Harbor Porpoise

3/25 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  8 Humpback Whales (breaching + tail lobbing)
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  8 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Steller Sea Lion

3/24 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales

3/24 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales

3/24 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales

3/23 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  5 Bottlenose Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

3/22 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

3/21 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  15 Risso's Dolphins

3/19 10 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  3 Humpback Whales (breaching)

3/19 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunge-feeding, & chin slapping)
All Day 25 Risso's Dolphins

3/18 2:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and a chronic breacher!)

3/18 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  1 Minke Whale

3/18 9 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  5 Humpback Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/17 10 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

3/16 10 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins

3/15 10 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

3/14 10 a.m. 15 Gray Whales
  75 Risso's Dolphins

3/13 10 a.m. 15 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins (nursery group)

3/13 9 a.m. 13 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins (nursery group)

3/12 2:30 p.m. 5 Gray Whales

3/12 10 a.m. 20 Gray Whales
  800 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

3/12 9 a.m. 14 Gray Whales
  250 Risso's Dolphins

3/11 2:30 p.m. 9 Gray Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

3/11 10 a.m. 24 Gray Whales

3/10 10 a.m. 9 Gray Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

3/8 10 a.m. 9 Gray Whales (mating)
  20 Humpback Whales (feeding)
2 Killer Whales
  1000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  80 Risso's Dolphins
  700 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

3/6 10 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  3 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

3/6 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  4 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

3/3 10 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale (breaching, pec slapping)
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise

3/2 10 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  3 Humpback Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  1 Steller Sea Lion

3/1 10 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  9 Humpback Whales
2 Killer Whales
  12 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Laysan Albatross

   Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta

Pacific White-sided Dolphin Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (March 29, 2022)

Humpback Whale pectoral fin Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale pectoral fin (March 28, 2022)

Humpback Whale ID Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale ID Photo (March 28, 2022)

Risso's Dolphin Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (March 27, 2022)

Southern Sea Otter photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (March 25, 2022)

Black-legged Kittiwakes flying by Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-legged Kittiwakes
flying by Humpback Whale (March 23, 2022)

Humpback Whale tail throw photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throw (March 21, 2022)

Laysan Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Laysan Albatross (March 21, 2022)

Pelagic Cormorants photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pelagic Cormorants (March 17, 2022)

Gray Whale Fluke photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale Fluke (March 17, 2022)

Sea Lion and Southern Sea Otters photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Lion and Southern Sea Otters (March 17, 2022)

Brandt's Cormorant photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brandt's Cormorant (March 13, 2022)

Gray Whales mating photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales mating (March 12, 2022)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale (March 8, 2022)

Northern Right Whale Dolphin and 
Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right Whale Dolphin and
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (March 8, 2022)

White Risso's Dolphin Casper photo by Daniel Bianchetta
White Risso's Dolphin Casper (March 6, 2022)

Southern Sea Otters photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters (March 3, 2022)

Black-footed Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (March 3, 2022)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (March 3, 2022)




Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta


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