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

Since April 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)

5/4 10 a.m. 10 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  70 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Black-footed Albatross

5/3 10 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  3000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  1500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/3 8 a.m. 40 Humpback Whales (feeding)
All Day 3000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  1500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

5/1 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (cow/calf breach)
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  11 Harbor Porpoise

5/1 8 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales
All Day 2500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

4/30 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  3 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Black-footed Albatross

4/30 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
All Day 3 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  800 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  12 Harbor Porpoise

4/29 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  10 Harbor Porpoise

4/29 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (feeding)
All Day 50 Risso's Dolphins

4/28 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  2 Gray Whales (mom/calf)
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - 51As, 50B)

4/27 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  6 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  2000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

4/26 10 a.m. 10 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  15 Risso's Dolphins

4/25 2:30 p.m. 10 Killer Whales (Orcas - feeding, socializing)

4/25 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  15 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  80 Risso's Dolphins

4/25 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
All Day 15 Killer Whales (Orcas)

4/24 2:30 p.m. 15 Killer Whales (Orcas - feeding, socializing)

4/24 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  15 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/24 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
All Day 15 Killer Whales (Orcas - feeding, socializing)

4/23 2:30 p.m. 15 Bigg's Killer Whales (Orcas - mammal-eating)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

4/23 10 a.m. 15 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Harbor Porpoise
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/23 8 a.m. 15 Killer Whales (Orcas - predation)
All Day 50 Risso's Dolphins

4/22 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/22 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
All Day 2 Fin Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins

4/21 2:30 p.m. 1 Gray Whale
  150 Risso's Dolphins

4/21 10 a.m. 6 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  70 Risso's Dolphins

4/19 10 a.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140s, CA40, CA137)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/19 8 a.m.
All Day
15+ Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140s, CA51s, CA40,
CA137, and others)

4/18 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

4/18 10 a.m. 20 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  5 Black-footed Albatross

4/18 8 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
All Day 30+ Killer Whales (Orcas)

4/17 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  19 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Black-footed Albatross

4/17 8 a.m. 1 Gray Whale
All Day 19 Killer Whales (Orcas)

4/16 10 a.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140Bs, CA 23A2)
  6 Risso's Dolphins

4/16 8 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
All Day 5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140Bs, CA 23A2)
  250 Risso's Dolphins

4/15 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (friendly)
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/15 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (friendly)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

4/14 10 a.m. 10 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

4/13 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins

4/12 2:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  4 Harbor Porpoise

4/12 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  1 Fin Whale
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

4/12 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
All Day 5 Gray Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

4/11 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  3 Gray Whales (mating)
  120 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Harbor Porpoise

4/11 8 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
All Day 2 Killer Whales (Orca - 4 in the area)
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins

4/10 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale (breaching)
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/10 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
All Day 2 Fin Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

4/9 10 a.m. 50 Risso's Dolphins

4/9 8 a.m.
All Day
2 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail slapping)

4/8 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  2 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

4/7 10 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
  1 Laysan Albatross

4/6 2:30 p.m. 5 Gray Whales

4/6 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  9 Killer Whales (Orca)

4/5 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  3 Gray Whales
  2 Harbor Porpoise

4/4 2:30 p.m. 3 Gray Whales

4/4 10 a.m. 11 Gray Whales (3 friendlies)
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Black-footed Albatross

4/4 8 a.m. 13 Gray Whales
All Day 7 Killer Whales (Orca)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

4/3 2:30 p.m. 4 Killer Whales (Orca)
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  8 Black-footed Albatross

4/3 10 a.m. 7 Killer Whales (Orca)
  80 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  700 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

4/3 8 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
All Day 11 Killer Whales (Orca)
  250 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  1 Salmon Shark

4/2 2:30 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1000 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

4/2 10 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

4/1 10 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
  180 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Black-footed Albatross

4/1 9 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  500 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

   Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

RissosDolphinCasper photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin Casper (May 4, 2021)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (May 3, 2021)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins and Northern Right Whale Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (left) and
Northern Right Whale Dolphins (right) (May 1, 2021)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (April 30, 2021)

Sea Lion photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Lion (April 29, 2021)

Killer Whales with calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Kil;er Whales (Orcas)
(Note orange eyepatch color on calf - April 28, 2021)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (April 27, 2021)

Killer Whale tail throw photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale tail throw (April 25, 2021)

Killer Whale with kelp on dorsal fin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale with kelp on dorsal fin (April 23, 2021)

Killer Whale and calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale and calf (April 23, 2021)

Humpback Whale fluke photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale fluke (April 22, 2021)

Fin Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fin Whales (April 22, 2021)

Mother and pup Sea Otters photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mother and pup Sea Otters (April 21, 2021)

Orca spyhopping photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) Spyhopping (April 16, 2021)

Humpback Whale spyhopping photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale Spyhopping (April 15, 2021)

Risso's Dolphin calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin calf (April 15, 2021)

Pigeon Guillemots photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pigeon Guillemots (April 14, 2021)

Southern Sea Otters photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters (April 13, 2021)

Casper and friend Risso's Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Casper and friend Risso's Dolphins (April 12, 2021)

Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (April 11, 2021)

Fin Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fin Whale (April 10, 2021)

Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale close-up (April 9, 2021)

Gray Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale (April 7, 2021)

Risso's Dolphin calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin calf (April 7, 2021)

Killer Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (April 6, 2021)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale (April 5, 2021)

Killer Whale blow hole close-up photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale blow hole close-up (April 3, 2021)

Killer Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas - April 3, 2021)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (April 3, 2021)

Black-footed Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (April 1, 2021)



Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

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