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

April 1-30, 2003
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. Sightings marked * were reported by other boats in the Monterey Bay area, including fishing, research, private and whale watch boats, as we keep track of all sightings in the Bay through our sighting network. 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)

4/30 250   Risso's Dolphins
  1500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins

4/29 4     Humpback Whales
  50   Risso's Dolphins

4/28       No trip (weather)

4/27 p.m. 15     Killer Whales

4/27 a.m. 15     Killer Whales
  100   Risso's Dolphins

4/26 p.m. 2     Humpback Whales
  1     Gray Whale
  250     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

4/26 a.m. 2     Humpback Whales
  1     Harbor Porpoise

4/25 p.m.       No trip (weather)

4/25 a.m. 230   Risso's Dolphins

4/24 300     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  400     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  150   Risso's Dolphins
  1   Northern Elephant Seal

4/23 2     Humpback Whales
  20     Killer Whales

4/22 2     Humpback Whales
  15     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  250     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  50   Risso's Dolphins

4/21 300     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  750     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  400   Risso's Dolphins
  200     Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  8     Harbor Porpoise
  3     Killer Whales *

4/20 p.m. 6     Killer Whales

4/20 a.m. 8     Killer Whales

4/19 p.m. 24     Killer Whales (predation on 2 gray whales)
  200     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  800   Risso's Dolphins

4/19 a.m. 14     Killer Whales
  1     Sperm Whale *
  400     Common Dolphins *

4/18 p.m.       No trip (weather)

4/18 a.m. 2     Humpback Whales
  6     Killer Whales *

4/17 2     Humpback Whales
  75     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  800   Risso's Dolphins
  250     Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  6     Dall's Porpoise

4/16 2     Gray Whales *
  22     Killer Whales
  600     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

4/15 17     Killer Whales
  1000     Pacific White Sided Dolphins *
  1500   Risso's Dolphins *

4/14 2     Gray Whales
  12   Risso's Dolphins
  1   Northern Elephant Seal

4/13       No trips (weather)

4/12 p.m.       No trip (weather)

4/12 a.m. 800     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  1000     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  500   Pacific White Sided Dolphins *
  50     Northern Right Whale Dolphins *

4/11 p.m. 6     Killer Whales

4/11 a.m. 1     Humpback Whale
  1     Minke Whale
  800     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  10     Dall's Porpoise
  2     Humpback Whales *
  6     Minke Whales *

4/10 5     Gray Whales
  2500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  700     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  200     Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  5     Dall's Porpoise
  4     Killer Whales *

4/9 4     Gray Whales
  15     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  2500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins *
  25   Risso's Dolphins *

4/8 1     Gray Whale
  3     Humpback Whales
  2700     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  150     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

4/7 3     Gray Whales
  600     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  350     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  100   Risso's Dolphins
  100     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

4/6 p.m. 4     Gray Whales
  2-4     Humpback Whales *
  100     Pacific White Sided Dolphins

4/6 a.m. 2500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  750   Risso's Dolphins
  600     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

4/5 p.m.       No trip (weather)

4/5 a.m. 1     Gray Whale
  1   Northern Elephant Seal
  5     Humpback Whales *

4/4 p.m. 2-4     Humpback Whale
  250     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

4/4 a.m. 3     Gray Whales
  2     Humpback Whale
  250     Long Beaked Common Dolphins

4/3 2     Gray Whales
  2     Humpback Whales
  2000     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  400     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  1   Northern Elephant Seal
  8     Humpback Whales *

4/2 8     Gray Whales
  2500     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  15   Risso's Dolphins
  100     Northern Right Whale Dolphins

4/1 20+     Killer Whales (Transient)
  1000     Pacific White Sided Dolphins
  350     Long Beaked Common Dolphins
  1   Leatherback Sea Turtle



Click for map of these sightings.

Sightings reported by M. Baxter, D. Davi, D. Lemon, N. Lemon, T. Lorenz, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, H. Neece, L. Oliver, H. Tiura, R/V Zephyr, J. Williamson, W. Williamson, A. J. Young.


Copyright © 2003 R. Ternullo. No use of the sightings information is permitted without prior approval.



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