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

July 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)

7/31 2:30 p.m. 16 Humpback Whales

7/31 10 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales
  16 Risso's Dolphins

7/31 9 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales

7/30 5:30 p.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale

7/30 1:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail slapping, and
feeding alongside California sea lions)

7/30 10 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

7/29 2:30 p.m. 30 Humpback Whales (group of 15 lunge-feeding)

7/29 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  70 Risso's Dolphins

7/29 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching)

7/28 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching)

7/28 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin

7/28 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

7/27 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

7/27 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  5 Risso's Dolphins

7/27 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunge-feeding)

7/26 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin

7/26 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  2 Minke Whales
  5 Risso's Dolphins

7/25 1:30 p.m. 13 Humpback Whales (Jolly Roger + calf breaching)

7/25 10 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1 Blue Shark

7/25 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching, pec-slapping)

7/25 8 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales (friendly, breaching)
All Day 2 Blue Whales
  55 Risso's Dolphins

7/23 5:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales

7/23 2:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (feeding, cow/calf)

7/23 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales

7/23 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale
  2 Harbor Porpoise

7/23 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale

7/23 8 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
All Day 155 Risso's Dolphins

7/22 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales ("Bottlenose" & calf "Corkscrew", "Polaris",
close looks! )

7/22 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (feeding, tail throwing)

7/21 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales feeding, (breaching)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

7/21 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (cow/calf, breaching)
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Harbor Porpoise

7/21 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  1 Harbor Porpoise

7/20 1:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (feeding)

7/20 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

7/19 1:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales

7/19 10 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  80 Risso's Dolphins

7/19 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec fin slapping)

7/18 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales

7/18 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales

7/18 8 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (kelping, lunge-feeding)
All Day 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Dall's Porpoise
  2 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

7/16 1:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales

7/16 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

7/16 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales

7/16 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
All Day 1 Blue Whale
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
  10 Black-footed Albatross

7/15 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (cow/calf breaching)
  4 Risso's Dolphins

7/15 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

7/14 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (cow/calf breaching)
  4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

7/14 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

7/13 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales (including mom/calf breaching, pec slapping,
tail throwing)

7/13 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  65 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark
  1 Salmon Shark

7/13 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec-slapping, and friendly!)
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
  1 Leatherback Sea turtle!

7/12 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  65 Risso's Dolphins

7/12 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  35 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  70 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

7/11 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (Fran+calf - friendly!)
  1 Minke Whale
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  75 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

7/11 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  2 Minke Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

7/10 2:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping)

7/10 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  12 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Black-footed Albatross

7/10 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

7/9 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  80 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Salmon Shark (kelping!)
  1 Short-tailed Albatross

7/9 8 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
All Day 150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Short-tailed Albatross

7/7 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (breaching, cow/calf)
  4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

7/7 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

7/6 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (active breaching calf)
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

7/5 2:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

7/5 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

7/4 1:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  15 Bottlenose Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/4 11 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  75 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/4 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (feeding, breaching)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  30 Bottlenose Dolphins
  375 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Salmon Shark
  1 Blue Shark
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

7/4 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

7/3 2:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  40 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/3 11 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  45 Risso's Dolphins

7/3 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales
  130 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/3 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  4 Blue Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins

7/2 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales
  75 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/2 9 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales (feeding, breaching)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

7/1 1:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  35 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/1 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

  

Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales (July 31, 2022)

Humpback Whale feeding alongside California Sea Lions photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale feeding alongside
California Sea Lions (July 30, 2022)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (July 29, 2022)

Humpback Whale tail lobbing photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail lobbing (July 29, 2022)

Juvenile Brown Pelicans photo by daniel bianchetta
Juvenile Brown Pelicans (July 28, 2022)

Risso's Dolphins Nursery Pod photo by daniel bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins Nursery Pod (July 27, 2022)

Minke Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Minke Whale (July 26, 2022)

Blue Whale diving photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale starting to dive (July 25, 2022)

Harbor Seal photo by daniel bianchetta
Harbor Seal (July 25, 2022)

Black-footed Albatross in flight photo by daniel bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross in flight (July 25, 2022)

 Newborn Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Newborn Risso's Dolphin (note fetal folds)
(July 25, 2022)

 Northern Fur Seal in jug handle position photo by daniel bianchetta
Northern Fur Seal in jug handle position (July 23, 2022)

California Sea Lions and Cormorants photo by daniel bianchetta
California Sea Lions and Cormorants (July 22, 2022)

Pec slapping Humpback Whale calf (on its side, with
pectoral fin on right and tail fluke on left) photo by daniel bianchetta
Pec slapping Humpback Whale calf (on its side, with
pectoral fin on right and tail fluke on left - July 21, 2022)

Casper the white Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Casper the white Risso's Dolphin (July 20, 2022)

Northern Fulmar preparing to take off photo by daniel bianchetta
Northern Fulmar preparing to take off (July 19, 2022)

Humpback Whale kelping photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale kelping (July 18, 2022)

Large adult Humpback Whale diving photo by daniel bianchetta
Large adult Humpback Whale diving (July 16, 2022)

Blue Whale divin photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale diving (July 16, 2022)

Humpback Whale tail throwing photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throwing (July 14, 2022)

Brown Pelicans photo by daniel bianchetta
Brown Pelicans (July 14, 2022)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (July 13, 2022)

Mola Mola  - Ocean Sunfish photo by daniel bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish - July 12, 2022)

Humpback Whale ID Snowy Owl detail photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale "Snowy Owl" detail (July 10, 2022)

Humpback Whale ID Snowy Owl photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale ID "Snowy Owl" (July 10, 2022)

Short-tailed Albatross photo by daniel bianchetta
Short-tailed Albatross (July 9, 2022)

Brandt's Cormorant passing nesting material to mate photo by daniel bianchetta
Brandt's Cormorant passing nesting material to mate
(July 7, 2022)

Breaching Humpback Whale calf photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale calf (July 7, 2022)

Breaching Humpback Whale calf close behind mom photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale calf close behind mom
(July 6, 2022)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale (July 6, 2022)

Sea Otters in kelp photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Otters in kelp (July 6, 2022)

Humpback Whale Calf throwing its tail photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale Calf throwing its tail (July 5, 2022)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by daniel bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (July 4, 2022)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (July 4, 2022)

Pelican diving photo by daniel bianchetta
Pelican diving (July 2, 2022)

Black-footed Albatross photo by daniel bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (July 2, 2022)

Humpback Whale fluke photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale fluke (July 2, 2022)



Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta



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