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

February 1 - 28, 2002
compiled by Richard Ternullo
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Note -- In addition to sightings on Monterey Bay Whale Watch trips, this list includes all reported marine mammal sightings for this region. Unusual sightings of other marine animals such as Leatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks are also listed. California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and Southern Sea Otters, which are seen on all whale watching trips, are not included in the list.

Date #     Type of Animal(s)

2/28 8     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  3000     Pacific White Sided Dolphins

2/27 6     Gray Whales (1 trip)

2/26 15     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  2500     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  300     Pacific White Sided Dolphins

2/25 6     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  750     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  1     Northern Elephant Seal

2/24 8     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  1100     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  4-6     Bottlenose Dolphins

2/23 15     Gray Whales (2 trips)

2/22 16     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  3     Killer Whales
  800     Pacific White Sided Dolphins

2/21 3     Gray Whales (1 trip)

2/20 5     Gray Whales (1 trip)

2/19 7     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  150     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  10     Risso's Dolphins

2/18 12     Gray Whales (2 trips)

2/17 6     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  45-65     Killer Whales
  1     Northern Elephant Seal
  1     Leatherback Sea Turtle  (See Note [1])

2/16 8     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  20-50     Killer Whales  (See Note [2])
  600     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  30     Risso's Dolphins

2/15 4     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  80-100     Killer Whales  (See Note [2])
  700     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  22     Dall's Porpoise

2/12 8     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  85     Risso's Dolphins

2/11 12     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  900     Long-beaked Common Dolphins

2/10 18     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  1000     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  1000     Risso's Dolphins

2/9 21     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  25     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  50     Long-beaked Common Dolphins

2/8 8     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  1550     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  3000     Risso's Dolphins
  250     Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  1     Leatherback Sea Turtle  (See Note [1])

2/7 6     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  150     Risso's Dolphins

2/6 2     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  7     Killer Whales
  25     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  400     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  500     Risso's Dolphins
  20     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/5 17     Gray Whales (1 trip)

2/4 5     Gray Whales (1 trip)
  10     Killer Whales

2/3 23     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  10     Killer Whales
  45     Risso's Dolphins

2/2 11     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  2     Killer Whales

2/1 13     Gray Whales (2 trips)
  12     Killer Whales


Notes:

[1] The two Leatherback Sea Turtle sightings (on February 8 and 17) are extraordinary as they appear to be the only winter sightings this observer has recorded. The earliest recorded sighting in other years was in April.

[2] The killer whales seen on February 15 and 16 are "offshore" killer whales, which have not been recorded in Monterey Bay for three years. These killer whales seem to have an annual movement from Southern California in winter to northern Vancouver Island and Southeast Alaska in summer. They have been observed in Monterey Bay feeding on salmon (probably Chinook Salmon).



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Sightings reported by J. Aliotti, D. Davi, Greg Fisher, D. Frank, J Loomis, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, L. Oliver, J Williamson, A. J. Young.

Copyright © 2002 R. Ternullo. No use of the sightings information is permitted without prior approval.



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