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

November 1-30, 2018
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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.

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Date # Type of Animal(s)

11/27 2 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  75 Risso's Dolphins

11/27 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  1 Killer Whale
  5 Bottlenose Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins

11/26 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (playing with kelp and pec slapping)
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  90 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

11/25 2 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  1 Blue Whale
  8 Dall's Porpoise

11/25 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (tail lobbing)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  15 Dall's Porpoise

11/25 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

11/24 2 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

11/24 1 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins

11/24 10 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross

11/24 9 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  4 Killer Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

11/24 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  200 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

11/23 1 Gray Whale seen in the harbor by the crew

11/23 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching, head slaps)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

11/23 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

11/21 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

11/20 2 p.m. 18 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

11/20 1 p.m. 25 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  150 Risso's Dolphins

11/20 9 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding with California Sea Lions)
  75 Risso's Dolphins

11/19 2 p.m. 16 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

11/19 9 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark

11/19 8 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  110 Risso's Dolphins

11/18 2 p.m. 14 Humpback Whale (lunge-feeding)
  5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins

11/18 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

11/18 8 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  110 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  350 Risso's Dolphins

11/17 2 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

11/17 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (spy-hop and lob-tailing)
  60 Risso's Dolphins

11/17 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
8-hr All Day 400 Risso's Dolphins

11/16 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  250 Risso's Dolphins

11/16 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  45 Risso's Dolphins

11/15 9 a.m. 13 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  65 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Northern Fur Seal

11/14 2 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales (spouting, head slaps, lunge-feeding)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

11/14 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  1 Gray Whale
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Northern Fur Seal

11/13 2 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

11/13 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  6 Killer Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

11/13 8 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  6 Killer Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins

11/12 2 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slap, tail lobbing)
  250 Risso's Dolphins

11/12 9 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales (1 competitive group and breaching)
(Sea Wolf II) 2 Minke Whales
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Steller Sea Lions

11/12 9 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales (2 competitive groups)
(Pt. Sur Clipper) 200 Risso's Dolphins

11/11 2 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (lunging)
  2 Blue Whales
  1 Mola Mola

11/11 1 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales (including Batman, feeding)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

11/11 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  1 Blue Whale (lunging)
  50 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

11/10 1 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

11/10 9 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

11/10 8 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  40 Harbor Porpoise

11/10 7:30 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales
12-hr Full Day 100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1500 Risso's Dolphins

11/9 2 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

11/9 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Steller Sea Lions

11/8 2 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (tail fluking and spouting)

11/8 9 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and lob tails)
  8 Harbor Porpoise

11/7 9 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

11/6 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge feeding, tail lobbing)
  45 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

11/5 9 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  8 Harbor Porpoise

11/4 2 p.m. 9 Humpback Whales (breaching and tail throws)

11/4 1 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (breaching)

11/4 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and breaching)
  10 Harbor Porpoise

11/3 2 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  3 Killer Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins

11/3 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (lunging)
  200 Risso's Dolphins (1 albino)
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins
  50 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Mola Mola

11/3 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
8-hr All Day 4 Killer Whales
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  220 Risso's Dolphins (1 albino)
  2 Black-footed Albatross

11/2 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  5 Harbor Porpoise

11/2 9 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
(Pt. Sur Clipper) 300 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Harbor Porpoise

11/2 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
(Sea Wolf II) 270 Risso's Dolphins (including white Risso's, Casper)
  6 Harbor Porpoise

11/1 2 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (cow/calf plus tail throws and lunge-feeding)

11/1 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (cow/calf plus lunge-feeding)
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Harbor Porpoise

   All photos © 2018 Daniel Bianchetta

Sea Lions thermoregulating, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Sea Lions thermoregulating (November 23, 2018)

Great Blue Heron in the harbor, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great Blue Heron in the harbor (November 19, 2018)

Blue Shark, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Shark (November 19, 2018)

Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (November 19, 2018)

Risso's Dolphin at sunset, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin at sunset (November 19, 2018)

Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (November 19, 2018)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (November 18, 2018)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (November 17, 2018)

Tufted Puffin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tufted Puffin (November 17, 2018)

Humpback Whale with rainblow, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale with rainblow (November 16, 2018)

California Sea Lions, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lions (November 15, 2018)

Killer Whales and the Rachel Carson, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales and the Rachel Carson (Note orange
coloration on juvenile - November 13, 2018)

Breaching Humpback Whale with Heermann's Gull, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale with Heermann's Gull
(November 12, 2018)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (November 11, 2018)

Juvenile Blue Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Juvenile Blue Whale (November 11, 2018)

Southern Sea Otter mother and pup, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter mother and pup
(November 10, 2018)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale (November 9, 2018)

Steller Sea Lion with California Sea Lions, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Steller Sea Lion with California Sea Lions
(November 9, 2018)

Harbor Seal, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seal (November 6, 2018)

Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (November 3, 2018)

Tail of White Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tail of White Risso's Dolphin (November 3, 2018)

White Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
White Risso's Dolphin (November 2, 2018)

Humpback Whales mother and calf, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales mother and calf (November 1, 2018)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales and Gulls, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales and Gulls
(November 1, 2018)



All photos © 2018 Daniel Bianchetta


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