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

Since February 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)

2/25 10 a.m. 17 Gray Whales (northbound)
  10 Risso's Dolphins (mating)
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
  1 Black-footed Albatross

2/23 10 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  250 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

2/22 10 a.m. 6 Gray Whales (mostly northbound)
  75 Risso's Dolphins

2/21 2:30 p.m. 2 Gray Whales
  60 Risso's Dolphins

2/21 10 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  1000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/21 9 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
Cheeseman's 1000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  170 Risso's Dolphins
  500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/19 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales

2/18 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  4 Risso's Dolphins

2/17 10 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  120 Risso's Dolphins

2/16 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin

2/15 2:30 p.m. 6 Gray Whales

2/15 10 a.m. 15 Gray Whales

2/14 3 p.m. 6 Gray Whales

2/14 1:30 p.m. 5 Gray Whales
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin

2/14 10 a.m. 20 Gray Whales
  800 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

2/14 9 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

2/12 10 a.m. 22 Gray Whales
  250 Risso's Dolphins

2/11 10 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  1500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  700 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

2/10 10 a.m. 25 Gray Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Risso's Dolphins

2/9 10 a.m. 31 Gray Whales
  400 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

2/8 10 a.m. 13 Gray Whales
  80 Risso's Dolphins

2/7 2:30 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  2 Humpback Whales
  550 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/7 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140s)

2/6 2:30 p.m. 15 Gray Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas)

2/6 10 a.m. 12 Gray Whales

2/6 8 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
All Day 4 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA202s)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

2/5 10 a.m. 18 Gray Whales
  70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  450 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

2/4 10 a.m. 24 Gray Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

2/3 10 a.m. 26 Gray Whales

   Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta and Tory Kallman

Gray Whale tail photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales (Note heart-shaped blow)
(February 22, 2021)

Great Egret photo by Daniel Bianchetta
GreatEgret (February 18, 2021)

Southern Sea Otter photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (February 18, 2021)

Leaping Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Leaping Risso's Dolphin (February 16, 2021)

Bottlenose Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin (February 16, 2021)

Gray Whale tail photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale tail (February 10, 2021)

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

Gray Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales (February 9, 2021)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (February 7, 2021)

Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140C Ben and CA140E calf) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas - CA140C Ben and CA140E calf)
(February 7, 2021)

Killer Whale (Orca - CA140 Emma) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca - CA140 Emma) (February 7, 2021)

Killer Whale with Sea Nettle photo by Tory Kallman
Killer Whale with Sea Nettle (February 6, 2021)
Photo by Tory Kallman

White Risso's Dolphin Casper photo by Daniel Bianchetta
White Risso's Dolphin Casper (February 5, 2021)



Photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta and Tory Kallman
All photos by Daniel Bianchetta unless otherwise noted.

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