Map of Marine Mammal Sightings in the Monterey Bay Region
compiled by Richard Ternullo
The migration of Gray Whales has entered a period where both south and northbound whales can be seen. The first northbound pair of whales was recorded on February 8. By the end of the month nearly all will be northbound with a peak about mid-March. A few southbound whales are still to be seen, mostly close to shore and within kelp beds. The mid-March phase of the northbound migration is the best opportunity to see mating activity, which can be quite spectacular. The presence of dolphins (in particular Pacific White-sided Dolphin) seems to trigger this behavior.
Click for February 2002 daily sightings list (corresponding to map above).
The sightings plotted above were compiled by Richard Ternullo for the period 2/1/02 to 2/28/02.
Sightings reported by J. Aliotti, D. Davi, Greg Fisher, D. Frank, J Loomis, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, L. Oliver, J Williamson, AJ Young.
Copyright © 2002 R. Ternullo. No reproduction of the map or use of the sightings information is permitted without prior approval.
Last updated March 5, 2002