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

December 1-31, 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)

12/30 2 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  4 Gray Whales

12/30 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (feeding and fluking)
  500 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

12/30 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (feeding with Sea Lions)
  25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

12/29 3 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throws,
rolling over)

12/29 2 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins

12/29 11:30 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  20 Risso's Dolphins

12/29 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  2 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Steller Sea Lion

12/29 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  3 Gray Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins

12/29 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale

12/28 3 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins in the sunset

12/28 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales

12/28 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale

12/28 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale

12/28 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales

12/27 9 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  12 Risso's Dolphins

12/27 8 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  12 Risso's Dolphins

12/26 10 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

12/26 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  4 Gray Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

12/24 10 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

12/24 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  3 Gray Whales
  75 Risso's Dolphins

12/23 2 p.m. 1 Gray Whale

12/23 10 a.m. 2 Juvenile Humpback Whales (tail throws)

12/23 9 a.m. 1 "Friendly" Gray Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins

12/22 2 p.m. 2 Gray Whales

12/22 11:30 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  12 Risso's Dolphins

12/22 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

12/22 8 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
8-hr All Day 7 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
  3 Albatross

12/21 2 p.m. 5 Gray Whales
  75 Risso's Dolphins

12/21 9 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  400 Risso's Dolphins

12/20 2 p.m. 1 Blue Whale

12/20 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale (lunge feeding)
  2 Cuvier's Beaked Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark
  1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

12/19 2 p.m. 1 Gray Whale

12/19 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  5 Gray Whales

12/18 2 p.m. 5 Gray Whales

12/18 9 a.m. 1 Gray Whale
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

12/15 1 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  250 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

12/15 9 a.m. 1 Fin Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

12/15 8 a.m. 1 Gray Whale
  1 Fin Whale
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

12/14 8 a.m. 1 Gray Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins

12/13 2 p.m. 300 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

12/13 9 a.m. 3 Gray Whales (breaching)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Risso's Dolphins

12/12 9 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins

12/11 9 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Steller Sea Lion

12/10 9 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Steller Sea Lion

12/9 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale (breaching)

12/9 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  100 Common Dolphins (breaching)
  300 Risso's Dolphins (breaching, including Casper)

12/8 1 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (breaching and tail throwing)
  300 Risso's Dolphins

12/8 9 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins (friendly interaction between
dolphins & Gray Whales)
  380 Risso's Dolphins

12/8 8 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

12/8 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
8-hr All Day 5 Gray Whales
  30 Bottlenose Dolphins
  700 Risso's Dolphins

12/7 2 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale (spouting)
  250 Risso's Dolphins

12/7 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

12/6 2 p.m. 50 Risso's Dolphins

12/6 9 a.m. 300 Risso's Dolphins (breaching)

12/5 9 a.m. 400 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper the albino)

12/3 2 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale

12/3 9 a.m. 300 Risso's Dolphins (breaching and tail throws)
  40 Harbor Porpoise

12/2 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)
  200 Common Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

12/2 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  100 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper the albino)

   All photos © 2018 Daniel Bianchetta

Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (December 29, 2018)

Wild coast, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Wild coast (December 29, 2018)

Breaching Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (December 29, 2018)

Belted Kingfisher, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Belted Kingfisher (December 27, 2018)

Humpback Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales (December 24, 2018)

Humpback Whale rainblow, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale rainblow (December 23, 2018)

California Sea Lions on the buoy, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lions on the buoy (December 21, 2018)

Gray Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale (December 21, 2018)

Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
(December 20, 2018)

Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (December 15, 2018)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin and Northern Right Whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin and
Northern Right Whale Dolphin (December 15, 2018)

Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin
(December 15, 2018)

Risso's Dolphins - Casper and friend, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins - Casper and friend (December 15, 2018)

Gray Whale with heart-shaped blow, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale with heart-shaped blow (December 13, 2018)

Surf Scoters, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Surf Scoters (December 11, 2018)

Great Egret, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great Egret (December 8, 2018)

Gray Whales and Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales and Risso's Dolphin (December 8, 2018)

Humpback Whale on its side, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale on its side (December 7, 2018)

Harbor Seal, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seal (December 5, 2018)

Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (December 2, 2018)

Long-beaked Common Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphin (December 2, 2018)

White Risso's Dolphin and friends, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
White Risso's Dolphin & friends (December 2, 2018)



All photos © 2018 Daniel Bianchetta


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