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

May 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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Date # Type of Animal(s)

5/31 10 a.m. 41 Humpback Whales
  6 Killer Whales (Orcas)

5/31 9 a.m. 32 Humpback Whales
  6 Killer Whales (Orcas)

5/30 10 a.m. 41 Humpback Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

5/30 9 a.m. 33 Humpback Whales
  8 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

5/29 10 a.m. 46 Humpback Whales (breaching)

5/29 9 a.m. 48 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)
  10 Risso's Dolphins

5/28 1:30 p.m. 30 Humpback Whales (friendly, feeding, tail throwing)

5/28 10 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales
  3 Harbor Porpoise

5/28 9 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales (cow/calf, friendly, breaching)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

5/27 1:30 p.m. 20 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

5/27 9 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales
  55 Risso's Dolphins

5/26 9 a.m. 29 Humpback Whales
  4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  65 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

5/25 9 a.m. 66 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

5/24 10 a.m. 60 Humpback Whales

5/24 9 a.m. 54 Humpback Whales
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

5/23 9 a.m. 32 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunge-feeding)

5/23 8 a.m. 64 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunge-feeding, pec slapping)
All Day 100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

5/22 9 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales
  6 Blue Whales
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Harbor Porpoise

5/22 8 a.m. 52 Humpback Whales
All Day 12 Blue Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  5 Risso's Dolphins

5/21 1:30 p.m. 30 Humpback Whales

5/21 10 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Risso's Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/21 9 a.m. 29 Humpback Whales

5/21 8 a.m. 29 Humpback Whales
All Day 8 Blue Whale
  5 Risso's Dolphins

5/20 9 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales
  55 Risso's Dolphins

5/19 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

5/18 9 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales (including 2 friendly whales)
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  9 Harbor Porpoise

5/17 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/16 9 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

5/15 9 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales
  2 Fin Whales

5/15 8 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
All Day 3 Blue Whale
  2 Fin Whales
  9 Risso's Dolphins

5/14 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  8 Blue Whale
  2 Fin Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

5/14 8 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales
All Day 9 Blue Whale
  4 Fin Whales
  5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  140 Risso's Dolphins

5/12 9 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales
  8 Blue Whale
  26 Risso's Dolphins

5/11 9 a.m. 51 Humpback Whales
  8-10 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  25 Risso's Dolphins

5/10 9 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins

5/9 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales

5/9 8 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
All Day 300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  800 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/7 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  12 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  90 Risso's Dolphins

5/7 8 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales
All Day 12 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

5/5 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  4 Fin Whales (friendly)

5/5 8 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales (friendly)
All Day 5 Fin Whales (friendly)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

5/3 9 a.m. 43 Humpback Whales
  8 Blue Whales
  55 Risso's Dolphins

5/2 9 a.m. 120 Humpback Whales

5/1 9 a.m. 32 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/1 8 a.m. 75 Humpback Whales
All Day 200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins
  40 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

   Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta

Killer Whales by Sea Wolf II photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales by Sea Wolf II (May 31, 2022)

Humpback Whale and California Sea Lions photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale and California Sea Lions
(May 30, 2022)

Pelican diving photo by daniel bianchetta
Pelican diving (May 30, 2022)

Humpback Whale kelping (playing with kelp) photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale kelping (playing with kelp)
(May 27, 2022)

Harbor Seal photo by daniel bianchetta
Harbor Seal (May 27, 2022)

Tail-slapping Humpback Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Tail-slapping Humpback Whale (May 25, 2022)

Mother and calf Risso's Dolphins photo by daniel bianchetta
Mother and calf Risso's Dolphins (note fetal folds on calf)
(May 24, 2022)

Back-flipping Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Back-flipping Pacific White-sided Dolphin
(May 24, 2022)

Sea Lions photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Lions (May 20, 2022)

Harbor Porpoise photo by daniel bianchetta
Harbor Porpoise (May 18, 2022)

Friendly Humpback Whale showing off pectoral fin photo by daniel bianchetta
Friendly Humpback Whale showing off pectoral fin
(May 18, 2022)

Northern Right Whale Dolphins porpoising photo by daniel bianchetta
Northern Right Whale Dolphins porpoising
(May 17, 2022)

Fluke of Humpback Whale named Checkmarks photo by daniel bianchetta
Fluke of Humpback Whale "Checkmarks"
(May 16, 2022)

Fin Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Fin Whale (May 15, 2022)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales (May 15, 2022)

Southern Sea Otter photo by daniel bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (May 15, 2022)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (May 10, 2022)

Blue Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale (May 10, 2022)

Leaping Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Leaping Pacific White-sided Dolphin (May 9, 2022)

Killer Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (May 7, 2022)

Killer Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (May 7, 2022)

Red-necked Phalarope photo by daniel bianchetta
Red-necked Phalarope (May 5, 2022)

Blue Whale starting to dive photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale starting to dive (May 3, 2022)



Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta


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