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

Since March 1, 2023
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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   Killer Whale identifications by the California Killer Whale Project
Date # Type of Animal(s)

3/20 1:30 p.m. 9 Gray Whales
  1 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins

3/20 10:00 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  12 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins

3/19 9 a.m. 3 Gray Whales migrating, (poor weather turned us back early)

3/18 1:30 p.m. 19 Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW ) L POD

3/18 11 a.m. 19 Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW ) L POD
  1 Humpback Whale
  6 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  12 Black Footed Albatross(BFAL)

3/18 9 a.m. 20 Gray Whales migrating, spouting and fluking

3/17 9 a.m. 21 Gray Whales

3/16 1:30 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

3/16 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins

3/15 9:00 a.m. 2 Gray Whales

3/13 9:00 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  5 Gray Whales (Courting & Friendly)
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

3/12 9:00 a.m.. 1 Humpback Whales (over 100 breaches)
  7 Gray Whales

3/11 9:00 a.m.. 1 Humpback Whales
  3 Gray Whales

3/8 1:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whales
  3 Gray Whales (Courting Behavior)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

3/8 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  10 Gray Whales

3/7 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  6 Gray Whales

3/6 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  14 Gray Whales
  2 Northern Fur Seals
  50 Black Footed Albatross
  2 2 Laysan Albatross

3/5 9 a.m. 1 North Pacific Right Whale (VERY RARE)
  1 Humpback Whale
  4 Gray Whales
  1 Black Footed Albatross

3/4 9 a.m. 12 Gray Whales

3/3 9 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

3/2 9 a.m. 2 Gray Whales


Photos © 2023 Daniel Bianchetta

Killer whale pod photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whale Pod (March 18, 2023)

Sea Otter photo by daniel bianchetta
Sea Otter (March 16, 2023)

Gray Whale Eye photo by daniel bianchetta
Gray Whale(note eye) (March 13, 2023)

Black footed Albatross photo by daniel bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (March 13, 2023)

Humback Whale Breach photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale (March 12, 2023)

California Sea Lions & Egret photo by daniel bianchetta
California Sea Lions and a Great Egret (March 8, 2023)

Humpback Whale Tail photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale Tail (March 8, 2023)

California Sea Lion photo by daniel bianchetta
California Sea Lion (March 6, 2023)

Northern Pacific Right Whale photo by daniel bianchetta
Northern Pacific Right Whale (March 5, 2023)

Photos © 2023 Daniel Bianchetta

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