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

Since October 1, 2021
compiled by Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Marine Mammals seen in Monterey Bay

This list, updated every few days, 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. Each month the sightings from the previous month are moved to a monthly summary list.

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Date # Type of Animal(s)

10/14 10 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

10/13 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  20 Bottlenose Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

10/10 1:30 p.m. 9 Humpback Whales (feeding, friendly behavior)

10/10 10 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Harbor Porpoise

10/10 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  30 Risso's Dolphins

10/9 10 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

10/9 8 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunging)
All Day 30 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Dall's Porpoise
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

10/8 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales
  5 Harbor Porpoise

10/7 10 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins (trumpet blowing and feeding)

10/6 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins

10/5 2:30 p.m. 23 Humpback Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

10/5 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  400 Common Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins

10/5 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  400 Common Dolphins
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins

10/4 10 a.m. 19 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  40 Bottlenose Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

10/3 1:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  20 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

10/3 10 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  150 Risso's Dolphins

10/3 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  85 Risso's Dolphins

10/2 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  500 Risso's Dolphins

10/2 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  500 Risso's Dolphins
  25 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

10/2 8 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)
All Day 115 Risso's Dolphins

10/1 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, including Google)
  30 Risso's Dolphins

   Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

Bottlenose Dolphins close to shore photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphins close to shore (October 13, 2021)

Brown Pelican photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Pelican (October 10, 2021)

Dall's Porpoise photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Dall's Porpoise (October 9, 2021)

Harbor Seal resting on a rock photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seal resting on a rock (October 6, 2021)

Bow-riding Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bow-riding Pacific White-sided Dolphins
(October 6, 2021)

Common Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Common Dolphin (October 5, 2021)

Salps - barrel-shaped gelatinous invertebrates that use muscle contractions to shoot water through their
bodies to move forward photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Salps - barrel-shaped gelatinous invertebrates that use
muscle contractions to shoot water through their
bodies to move forward (October 5, 2021)

Risso's Dolphins (Note fetal folds on calves) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (Note fetal folds on calves)
(October 3, 2021)

Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) (October 2, 2021)

Humpback Whale Google photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Young Humpback Whale named Google after the
"googly" white spot around her eyes (October 1, 2021)


Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in Monterey Bay

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Last updated October 15, 2021