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

October 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)

10/31 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (friendly)
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA202s/Smileys)
  150 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  25 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  7 Dall's Porpoise

10/31 8 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales (friendly)
All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA202s/Smileys)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  7 Dall's Porpoise
  2 Black-footed Albatross

10/30 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  10 Harbor Porpoise

10/29 1:30 p.m. 19 Humpback Whales

10/29 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

10/29 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

10/28 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As, CA50B)

10/28 9 a.m. 32 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As, CA50B)

10/27 1:30 p.m. 19 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

10/27 9 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

10/26 9 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales
  25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  50 Northern Right Whale Dolphins (with calves)
  3 Harbor Porpoise

10/25 9 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales
  40 Harbor Porpoise

10/24 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins

10/24 8 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales
All Day 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  700 Risso's Dolphins
  25 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross

10/23 1:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales

10/23 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales

10/23 9 a.m. 19 Humpback Whales

10/22 9 a.m. 36 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail slapping, pec slapping)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

10/21 1:30 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales (rolling around and pec slapping)

10/21 9 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales (chronic breaching, tail slapping, friendly)

10/20 1:30 p.m. 18 Humpback Whales (breaching)

10/20 9 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  150 Risso's Dolphins

10/19 1:30 p.m. 20+ Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)

10/19 9 a.m. 50+ Humpback Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins

10/18 9 a.m. 52 Humpback Whales

10/17 1:30 p.m. 48 Humpback Whales

10/17 9 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales
  14 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA39s, CA39As, CA140Bs and CA23A2)

10/16 1:30 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales

10/16 10 a.m. 50 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

10/15 1:30 p.m. 30 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing)
  1 Gray Whale

10/15 9 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping)
Sea Wolf II 25 Risso's Dolphins

10/15 9 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunging)
Pt. Sur Clipper 50 Risso's Dolphins

10/14 2:30 p.m. 27 Humpback Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

10/14 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  8 Harbor Porpoise

10/12 2:30 p.m. 30 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

10/12 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales
  25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

10/11 9 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140Bs + CA23A2)
  1 Minke Whale
  400+ Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise
    Mola Molas (Ocean Sunfish)

10/10 1:30 p.m. 25 Humpback Whales (vertical lunge-feeding and breaching)

10/10 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales (including 2 friendly whales
+ Angel Wing and Ghost Pepper)
  1 Blue Shark

10/10 8 a.m. 55 Humpback Whales
All Day 150 Risso's Dolphins

10/9 1:30 p.m. 17 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

10/9 9 a.m. 31 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  9 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

10/8 1:30 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

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

10/7 1:30 p.m. 51 Humpback Whales (competition group)

10/7 9 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As + CA50B)
    Huge Mola Molas (Ocean Sunfish)

10/6 10 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas)

10/6 9 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As + CA50B)

10/5 9 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

10/4 9 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales (feeding)

10/3 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  10 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140Bs, CA51As and CA50B)

10/3 8 a.m.
All Day
10 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140Bs, CA51As and CA50B)

10/2 2:30 p.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As and CA50B)

10/2 9 a.m. 29 Humpback Whales (friendly)
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

10/1 1:30 p.m. 20 Humpback Whales

10/1 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA51As and CA50B)

10/1 8 a.m. 44 Humpback Whales
All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Tufted Puffin
  1 Brown Booby (rare)

  

Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta


Killer Whales (Orcas) CA202 Smiley and offspring photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) CA202 Smiley and offspring
(October 31, 2022)

Killer Whale (Orca) fluke with kelp photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) fluke with kelp (October 28, 2022)

Killer Whale (Orca) teeth photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) teeth (October 28, 2022)

Sea Lions photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Lions (October 27, 2022)

Northern RIght Whale Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Northern RIght Whale Dolphin (October 26, 2022)

Humpback whale with a high chin slap style breach photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback whale with a high chin slap style breach
(October 25, 2022)

Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) photo by daniel bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) Note Sea Lion bite
on (Clavus) pseudotail (October 25, 2022)

Black-footed Albatross photo by daniel bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (October 24, 2022)

Humpback Whale with 'rain blow' photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale with 'rain blow' (October 23, 2022)

Sea Lion photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Lion (October 20, 2022)

Humpback Whale pectoral fin slapping photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale pectoral fin slapping
(October 18, 2022)

Sea Otter checking out our boat photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Otter checking out our boat (October 17, 2022)

Humpback Whale interfering with Killer Whales as they attempt to hunt or feed photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale interfering with Killer Whales
as they attempt to hunt or feed (October 17, 2022)

Humpback Whale tail throwing photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throwing (October 17, 2022)

CA140B1 Stinger, next to mom CA140B Louise and other members of the pod photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales CA140B1 'Stinger' next to mom CA140B
'Louise' & other members of the pod (October 11, 2022)

Casper the albino/leucistic Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Casper the albino/leucistic Risso's Dolphin
(October 11, 2022)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (October 10, 2022)

Common Murre pair photo by daniel bianchetta
Common Murre pair (October 10, 2022)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales photo by daniel bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales (October 9, 2022)

Humpback Whale breaching photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale breaching (October 8, 2022)

Killer Whale near Sea Wolf II photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale near Sea Wolf II (October 7, 2022)

Humpback Whale and Sea Lion photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale and Sea Lions (October 4, 2022)

Killer Whale (Orca) breaching photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) breaching (October 3, 2022)

Two Orcas fluke slapping together photo by daniel bianchetta
Two Killer Whales (Orcas) fluke slapping together
(October 3, 2022)

Sea Otter with pup photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Otter with pup (October 1, 2022)

Killer Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale (October 1, 2022)


Photos © 2022 Daniel Bianchetta



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