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

August 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)

8/31 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (Angel Wing+Ghost Pepper, friendly, kelping)

8/31 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing)

8/30 9 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  8 Bottlenose Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  40 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/29 2:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  400 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

8/29 10 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales

8/29 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales

8/28 1:30 p.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As and CA50B)

8/28 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As and CA50B)
  10 Risso's Dolphins

8/26 2:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales

8/26 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale
  1 Minke Whale
  1 Elephant Seal
  1 Blue Shark

8/25 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/25 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  200 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod present)
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  18 Black-footed Albatross

8/24 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
Pt Sur Clipper 3 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  15 Risso's Dolphins

8/24 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
Sea Wolf II 40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/23 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As and CA50B)

8/22 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (kelping)
  2 Blue Whales

8/22 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)
  2 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)l

8/21 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

8/21 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale
  10 Risso's Dolphins

8/20 1:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

8/20 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Nazca Booby

8/20 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)l

8/20 8 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
All Day 1 Baird's Beaked Whale
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  15 Risso's Dolphins

8/19 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

8/19 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

8/19 7:30 a.m. 1 Blue Whale
Bird Trip 4 Baird's Beaked Whales
(Charter) 20 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Dall's Porpoise
  1 Hawaiian Petrel
  1 Tufted Puffin
  1 Nazca Booby
  1 Arctic Tern

8/18 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins

8/18 2:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (kelping, tail throwing)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

8/18 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins

8/18 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

8/17 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

8/17 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  9 Bottlenose Dolphins
  65 Risso's Dolphins

8/15 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (cow-calf pair)

8/15 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins

8/15 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  75 Risso's Dolphins

8/14 1:30 p.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas)

8/14 12 p.m.
Charter
5 Killer Whales (Orcas)

8/14 10 a.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas)

8/14 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51s, close passes,
breaching, tail slapping, rolling)

8/13 1:30 p.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas)

8/13 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  7 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  250 Risso's Dolphins

8/13 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  10 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Risso's Dolphins

8/12 5:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

8/12 2:30 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  45 Risso's Dolphins

8/12 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/12 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins

8/11 2:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

8/11 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail throwing)

8/11 9 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)

8/10 2:30 p.m. 19 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)

8/10 10 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

8/10 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

8/9 10 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales

8/9 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

8/8 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

8/8 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale
  300 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pods, bachelor pod, and Casper)

8/7 2:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales (feeding group +
Angel Wing & Ghost Pepper breaching)

8/7 9 a.m. 19 Humpback Whales (tail and pec slapping)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  320 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  5 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/6 1:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales

8/6 11 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

8/6 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales

8/6 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales
  3 Dall's Porpoise

8/5 5:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

8/5 2:30 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  45 Risso's Dolphins

8/5 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

8/5 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins

8/4 2:30 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales

8/4 10 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  145 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Dall's Porpoise
  2 Northern Fur Seal
  5 Black-footed Albatross

8/4 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  2 Harbor Porpoise
  4 Dall's Porpoise

8/3 2:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)

8/3 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (Angel Wing and her calf Ghost Pepper)

8/2 2:30 p.m. 17 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching, tail throwing)

8/2 10 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  30 Risso's Dolphins

8/2 9 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, "Fran" + calf breaching,
tail throwing)
  75 Risso's Dolphins

8/1 2:30 p.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)
  5 Dall's Porpoise

8/1 10 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  75 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

8/1 9 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales

8/1 8 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales
All Day 2 Blue Whales
  220 Risso's Dolphins
  8 Black-footed Albatross

  

Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta

White Risso's Dolphin Casper photo by daniel bianchetta
White Risso's Dolphin Casper (August 30, 2022)

Osprey photo by daniel bianchetta
Osprey (August 30, 2022)

Two Killer Whales (Orcas) photo by daniel bianchetta
Two Killer Whales (Orcas - August 28, 2022)

Killer Whale playing with kelp photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale playing with kelp (August 28, 2022)

Blue Whale fluking up to dive photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale fluking up to dive (August 26, 2022)

 Elephant Seal checking out the boat photo by daniel bianchetta
Elephant Seal checking out the boat (August 26, 2022)

Northern RIght Whale Dolphins porpoising photo by daniel bianchetta
Northern RIght Whale Dolphins porpoising
(August 25, 2022)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (August 25, 2022)

Humpback Whale doing vertical corkscrew dive photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale doing vertical corkscrew dive
(August 24, 2022)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins surfing through the water photo by daniel bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins surfing through the water
(August 24, 2022)

Humpback Whale rostrum and Sea Lion photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale rostrum and Sea Lion (August 240, 2022)

Killer Whales (Orcas) photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) (August 23, 2022)

Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) photo by daniel bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) (August 20, 2022)

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

Sea Otter eating breakfast photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Otter eating breakfast (August 17, 2022)

California sea lions resting photo by daniel bianchetta
California sea lions resting (August 17, 2022)

Killer Whale tail slapping photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale tail slapping (August 14, 2022)

Killer Whales Star and her calf Nebula photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales Star (CA51) and her calf Nebula
(August 14, 2022)

Blue Whale coming up for a breath photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale coming up for a breath (August 13, 2022)

Killer Whale Liner next to Blackfin photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale Liner next to Blackfin (August 13, 2022)

Humpback Whale arching its back to dive photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale arching its back to dive
(August 12, 2022)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale (Note baleen) photo by daniel bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale (Note baleen)
(August 11, 2022)

Great Blue Heron photo by daniel bianchetta
Great Blue Heron (August 10, 2022)

Southern Sea Otters resting photo by daniel bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters resting (August 9, 2022)

Humpback Whale surrounded by Sea Lions photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale surrounded by Sea Lions
(August 8, 2022)

Risso's Dolphin breaching photo by daniel bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin breaching (August 8, 2022)

Humpback Whale breaching photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale breaching (August 6, 2022)

Humpback Whale pec-slapping photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale pec-slapping (August 6, 2022)

Risso's Dolphins kelping (playing with kelp) photo by daniel bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins kelping (playing with kelp)
(August 5, 2022)

Risso's Dolphin with calf photo by daniel bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin with calf (August 4, 2022)

Tail-lobbing Humpback Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Tail-lobbing Humpback Whale (August 3, 2022)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales (August 3, 2022)

Sea Lions porpoising to catch up with the feeding whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Lions porpoising to catch up with
the feeding whales (August 2, 2022)

Humpback Whale starting to dive photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale CRC-15109 starting to dive
(August 2, 2022)

Black-footed Albatros photo by daniel bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (August 1, 2022)

Blue Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Blue Whale (August 1, 2022)



Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta



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