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

Since July 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)

7/24 2:30 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales

7/24 10 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (friendly)
  45 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  5 Black-footed Albatross

7/24 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  80 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

7/24 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
All Day 3 Blue Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

7/23 2:30 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales (lunge feeding, tail slapping)

7/23 10 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, friendly, chin slapping)
  1 Harbor Porpoise

7/23 9 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  30 Risso's Dolphins

7/22 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  70 Risso's Dolphins

7/22 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  80 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

7/21 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  40 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

7/21 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair, lunge-feeding)
  75 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  30 Risso's Dolphins

7/20 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

7/20 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  6 Bottlenose Dolphins

7/20 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  6 Bottlenose Dolphins

7/19 2:30 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  3 Harbor Porpoise

7/19 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  2 Blue Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

7/19 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (breaching, mom/calf)
  3 Blue Whales

7/18 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  4 Bottlenose Dolphins

7/18 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (friendly, lunge-feeding, pec-slapping)
  1 Blue Whale
  1 Black-footed Albatross

7/18 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  3 Blue Whales

7/17 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale

7/17 10 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise

7/17 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

7/17 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
All Day 1 Blue Whale
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Dall's Porpoise

7/16 2:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

7/16 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins

7/16 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  1 Minke Whale

7/15 2:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

7/15 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  40 Dall's Porpoise

7/15 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (Aurora & her calf Fluke Skywalker)
  15 Risso's Dolphins

7/14 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  8 Risso's Dolphins

7/14 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (mom & calf)
  8 Risso's Dolphins (4 calves with visible fetal folds)

7/13 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

7/13 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales

7/13 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales

7/12 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  2 Harbor Porpoise

7/11 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales

7/11 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  3 Blue Whales (cow & calf)
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

7/11 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
Cheeseman's 3 Blue Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

7/10 2:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  2 Risso's Dolphins

7/10 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

7/10 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

7/10 8 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
All Day 60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
    Reports of Baird's Beaked Whales

7/9 2:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  1 Minke Whale

7/9 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale
  70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

7/9 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  8 Harbor Porpoise
  15 Dall's Porpoise
  2 Black-footed Albatross

7/8 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales

7/8 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  700 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross

7/7 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  700 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/7 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  700 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/6 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  4 Harbor Porpoise

7/6 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (cow and calf)
  25 Risso's Dolphins

7/5 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales

7/5 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

7/5 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  75 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  6 Dall's Porpoise
  1 Blue Shark

7/4 5:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

7/4 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

7/4 11 a.m. 3 Blue Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

7/4 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales (cow/calf pair)
  20 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

7/4 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales (cow/calf pair)
  60 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  1 Black-footed Albatross

7/3 2:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  2 Harbor Porpoise

7/3 1:30 p.m. 3 Blue Whales

7/3 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales

7/3 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Elephant Seal

7/3 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
All Day 3 Blue Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

7/2 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  240 Risso's Dolphins

7/2 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  75 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise
  2 Black-footed Albatross

7/1 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (feeding, breaching, tail throwing)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

7/1 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

   Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

Risso's Dolphins Casper and friends photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins Casper and friends (July 24, 2021)

Harbor Porpoise photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Porpoise (July 24, 2021)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales (July 23, 2021)

Southern Sea Otter photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (July 22, 2021)

Northern Fulmar photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Fulmar (July 21, 2021)

Bottlenose Dolphin observed by people on the beach photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin observed by people on the beach
(July 20, 2021)

Humpback Whale calf breaching photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale calf breaching (July 19, 2021)

Black-footed Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (July 19, 2021)

Bottlenose Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin (July 18, 2021)

Sea Wolf II and lunge-feeding Humpback Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Wolf II and lunge-feeding Humpback Whales
(July 17, 2021)

Humpback Whales lunge-feeding photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge-feeding (July 17, 2021)

Sea Wolf II with Blue Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Wolf II with Blue Whale (July 16, 2021)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin and Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (foreground) and
Risso's Dolphin (July 16, 2021)

Southern Sea Otter eating a crab photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter eating a crab (July 15, 2021)

Baby Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Baby Risso's Dolphin (July 14, 2021)

Two HumpbackWhales near Moss Landing photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Two HumpbackWhales near Moss Landing
(July 13, 2021)

Humpback Whale tail dorsal (back) side photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail dorsal (back) side (July 13, 2021)

Blue Whales cow and calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whales cow and calf (July 11, 2021)

Humpback Whale tail throw photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throw (July 10, 2021)

Leatherback Sea Turtle photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Leatherback Sea Turtle (July 10, 2021)

Minke Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Minke Whale (July 9, 2021)

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

Southern Sea Otter in kelp photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter in kelp (July 8, 2021)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (July 7, 2021)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale (July 6, 2021)

Harbor Seal photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seal (July 5, 2021)

Blue Whales cow and calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whales cow and calf (July 4, 2021)

Blue Whale tail photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale tail (July 3, 2021)

Blue Whale spout photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale spout (July 3, 2021)

Brown Pelicans photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Pelicans (July 3, 2021)

Pec slapping Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pec slapping Humpback Whale (July 2, 2021)

Risso's Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (July 2, 2021)

Humpback Whale baleen photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale baleen close-up (July 1, 2021)

Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) (July 1, 2021)



Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

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