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

April 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)

4/30 9 a.m. 75 Humpback Whales (breaching, friendly)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/30 8 a.m. 90 Humpback Whales (breaching)
All Day 100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  350 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

4/29 9 a.m. 85 Humpback Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

4/29 8 a.m. 63 Humpback Whales
All Day 100 Risso's Dolphins

4/25 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/25 8 a.m. 33 Humpback Whales
All Day 60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Harbor Porpoise

4/24 1:30 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales

4/24 9 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales
  35 Risso's Dolphins
  36 Harbor Porpoise

4/24 8 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales
All Day 16 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  300 Risso's Dolphins

4/23 1:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins

4/23 9 a.m. 46 Humpback Whales
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins

4/23 8 a.m. 54 Humpback Whales
All Day 100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

4/22 9 a.m. 45 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

4/22 8 a.m. 45 Humpback Whales
All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140Bs + CA23A2)
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/21 9 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s)
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins

4/21 8 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales
All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s)
  500 Risso's Dolphins

4/20 1:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  10 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  10 Risso's Dolphins

4/20 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

4/20 8 a.m. 45 Humpback Whales
All Day 8 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA58s, CA200s)
  60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  90 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Northern Elephant Seal

4/18 1:30 p.m. 54 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

4/18 9 a.m. 55 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

4/18 8 a.m. 102 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slaps, friendly with boat)
All Day 1 Minke Whale
  275 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Elephant Seals

4/17 1:30 p.m. 26 Humpback Whales

4/17 9 a.m. 44 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA58s)
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Tufted Puffin
  1 Brant

4/17 8 a.m. 71 Humpback Whales
All Day 4 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA58s)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  1 Short-tailed Albatross

4/16 1:30 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  thousands Sooty Shearwaters

4/16 9 a.m. 44 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s)
  45 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/16 8 a.m. 72 Humpback Whales
All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s)
  1 Gray Whale
  55 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Harbor Porpoise

4/15 1:30 p.m. 21 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throws)

4/15 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins

4/15 8 a.m. 76 Humpback Whales
All Day 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  70 Risso's Dolphins

4/14 2:30 p.m. 25 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/14 10 a.m. 45 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

4/14 9 a.m. 29 Humpback Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins

4/13 1:30 p.m. 41 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail slapping, pec slapping)
  12 Risso's Dolphins

4/13 9 a.m. 68 Humpback Whales
  12 Risso's Dolphins

4/12 9 a.m. 38 Humpback Whales
  150 Risso's Dolphins

4/11 9 a.m. 37 Humpback Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

4/11 8 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales
All Day 15 Risso's Dolphins

4/10 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  13 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  150 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

4/9 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  30 Risso's Dolphins

4/9 8 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales
All Day 9 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  200 Risso's Dolphins

4/8 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slaps)
  50 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

4/8 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

4/8 8 a.m. 53 Humpback Whales
All Day 200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins

4/7 2:30 p.m. 22 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throws, pec slaps)
  40 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

4/7 10 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  70 Risso's Dolphins

4/6 1:30 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

4/6 9 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins

4/5 10 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales
  5 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Short-tailed Albatross

4/4 9 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales
  110 Risso's Dolphins

4/3 10 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  4 Harbor Porpoise

4/3 9 a.m. 39 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

4/2 2:30 p.m. 18 Humpback Whales (breaching)

4/2 10 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

4/2 9 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  35 Risso's Dolphins

4/1 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales

4/1 9 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  65 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

   Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta

Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (April 26, 2022)

Humpback Whale pectoral fin photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale pectoral fin (April 25, 2022)

Black-footed Albatross photo by daniel bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (April 25, 2022)

Killer Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (April 24, 2022)

Two Killer Whales near Pt Sur Clipper photo by daniel bianchetta
Two Killer Whales near our boat with
Pt. Sur Clipper in background (April 24, 2022)

Humpback Whale tail throw photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throw (April 23, 2022)

Sea Otter mom and pup photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Otter mom and pup (April 23, 2022)

Orca CA541C (Bumper) tail slapping photo by daniel bianchetta
Orca CA541C (Bumper) tail slapping (April 21, 2022)

Humpback Whale lunge-feeding photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge-feeding (April 20, 2022)

Killer Whales (Orcas) photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (April 20, 2022)

Baby Risso's Dolphin (Note fetal folds) photo by daniel bianchetta
Baby Risso's Dolphin (Note fetal folds)
(April 20, 2022)

Pigeon Guillemot photo by daniel bianchetta
Pigeon Guillemot (April 18, 2022)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (April 16, 2022)

Male Killer Whales CA51B (Orion) and CA51C (Bumper) Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Male Killer Whales CA51B (Orion)
and CA51C (Bumper) (April 16, 2022)

Killer Whales CA51 Star and CA51F Nebula Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales CA51 (Star) and CA51F (Nebula)
(April 16, 2022)

Risso's Dolphins Casper and friends Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins Casper and friends (April 16, 2022)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (April 15, 2022)

Humpback Whale and Sea Lions Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and Sea Lions (April 14, 2022)

Breaching Risso's dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (April 14, 2022)

Humpback Whale Pectoral Fin Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale Pectoral Fin (April 12, 2022)

Brown Pelican Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Pelican (April 8, 2022)

Humpback Whale and Killer Whales (Orcas) Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and Killer Whales (Orcas)
(April 10, 2022)

Killer Whales Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) (April 9, 2022)

Breaching Humpback Whale Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (April 8, 2022)

Humpback Whales lunge-feeding Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge-feeding (April 6, 2022)

Cormorant collecting nesting material Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Cormorant collecting nesting material (April 4, 2022)

Humpback Whales Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales (April 3, 2022)

Humpback Whales fluke photo ID Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales fluke photo ID (April 1, 2022)

Risso's Dolphins Casper and friend Photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins Casper and friend (April 1, 2022)



Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta


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