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

March 1-31, 2019
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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)

3/31 1 p.m. 35 Southern Resident Killer Whales*

3/31 11 a.m. 35 Southern Resident Killer Whales (L Pod)*

3/31 9 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  35 Southern Resident Killer Whales (L Pod)*
  * Please see our Facebook page for more details)

3/30 1 p.m. 3 Gray Whales
  22 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunging)
  2,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

3/30 11 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  600 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  100 Rissos's Dolphins

3/30 9 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunging)
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

3/29 1 p.m. 18 Humpback Whales (lunging, breaching, tail throws)

3/29 11 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  3 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping)

3/29 9 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  5 Humpback Whales
  400 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/28 1 p.m. 2 Gray Whales
  30 Humpback Whales
  350 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

3/28 11 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
(bow riding, head slapping, porpoising)
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross
  Common Murre

3/28 9 a.m. 49 Humpback Whales
  850 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  80 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  140 Risso's Dolphins

3/27 9 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

3/26 1 p.m. 2 Gray Whales
  10 Killer Whales (2 calves)
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/26 11 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  10 Killer Whales
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/26 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  2 Humpback Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/25 9 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  4 Humpback Whales
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

3/25 8 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
6 hour trip 1 Humpback Whale
  3 Harbor Porpoise
  Black-footed Albatross

3/24 5:30 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (side-lunging in the sunset)
  25 Harbor Porpoise
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/24 1 p.m. 7 Gray Whales
  6 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/24 11 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching, chin slaps)
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/24 9 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  5 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail lobs)
    Black-footed Albatross

3/23 1 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  5 Humpback Whales
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  7 Black-footed Albatross

3/23 11 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  11 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/23 9 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
  5 Humpback Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Steller Sea Lion
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/23 8 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
All Day 10 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching, tail slapping)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  5 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  5 Black-footed Albatross

3/22 11 a.m. 4 Gray Whales (mating)
  5 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and tail slapping)
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

3/22 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales (migrating North)
  6 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  350 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Pink-footed Shearwater

3/21 1 p.m. 11 Gray Whales
  150 Risso's Dolphins
    Black-footed Albatross
    Laysan Albatross

3/21 9 a.m. 11 Gray Whales (breaching)
  1 Humpback Whale

3/20 11 a.m. 4 Gray Whales*
  22 Humpback Whales* (breaching, lunge feeding)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins*
  5 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  10 Black-footed Albatross
  * Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, and Pacific White-sided Dolphins were interacting together, which included: rolling around, playing, and snout riding

3/20 9 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  17 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair)
  450 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/19 11 a.m. 27 Gray Whales
  2 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair)
  26 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Black-footed Albatross

3/19 9 a.m. 19 Gray Whales
  2 Humpback Whales
  6 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/18 5:30 p.m. 6 Gray Whales (breaching and fluking)

3/18 11 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  1 Killer Whale
  90 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/18 9 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  11 Humpback Whales
  1 Killer Whale
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

3/17 5:30 p.m. 14 Gray Whales (Northbound, rainblows, 1 rolling)
  2 Black-footed Albatross
    a beautiful pink sunset

3/17 1 p.m. 15 Gray Whales
  5 Killer Whales
  6 Black-footed Albatross

3/17 11 a.m. 24 Gray Whales
  10 Humpback Whales
  700 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

3/17 9 a.m. 26 Gray Whales (Northbound, spouting, fluking)
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/17 8 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
All Day 20 Humpback Whales
(lunge feeding, breaching, chin slapping)
  700 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
(breaching & interacting with the whales
  215 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
(breaching & interacting with the whales)
  17 Black-footed Albatross

3/16 5:30 p.m. 12 Gray Whales

3/16 1 p.m. 15 Gray Whales (Northbound Migration)
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/16 11 a.m. 16 Gray Whales (breaching)
  20 Bottlenose Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/16 9 a.m. 6 Gray Whales
  8 Humpback Whales
  2 Harbor Porpoise

3/15 1 p.m. 18 Gray Whales

3/15 11 a.m. 21 Gray Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/15 9 a.m. 24 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/14 1 p.m. 9 Gray Whales
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/14 11 a.m. 20 Gray Whales
  6 Black-footed Albatross

3/14 9 a.m. 14 Gray Whales
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins
  6 Black-footed Albatross

3/11 1 p.m. 10 Gray Whales
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/11 11 a.m. 23 Gray Whales
  2 Humpback Whales (tail-throwing)
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/11 9 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  7 Humpback Whales
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/11 8 a.m. 22 Gray Whales
All Day 9 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  11 Black-footed Albatross

3/10 1 p.m. 9 Gray Whales (mating)
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/10 11 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
  9 Humpback Whales (tail throws)
  325 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  4 Black-footed Albatross

3/10 9 a.m. 15 Gray Whales
  8 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/10 8 a.m. 10 Gray Whales (mating)
All Day 11 Humpback Whales (tail throws and lunging)
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

3/9 11 a.m. 25 Bottlenose Dolphins

3/9 9 a.m. 9 Gray Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/8 11 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/8 9 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  2 Black-footed Albatross

3/7 1 p.m. 5 Gray Whales (spouting)
  4 Black-footed Albatross

3/7 9 a.m. 11 Gray Whales migrating north
  3 Black-footed Albatross

3/5 11 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales

3/4 4 p.m. 4 Gray Whales

3/4 1 p.m. 8 Gray Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/4 9 a.m. 13 Gray Whales

3/4 9 a.m. 13 Gray Whales
Extended Trip 3 Humpback Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/3 1 p.m. 8 Gray Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Tufted Puffin

3/3 11 a.m. 12 Gray Whales

3/3 9 a.m. 22 Gray Whales (1 in harbor)
  2 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Tufted Puffin

3/1 1 p.m. 9 Gray Whales (fluking)
  1 Black-footed Albatross

3/1 11 a.m. 8 Gray Whales (spouting and fluking)

3/1 9 a.m. 8 Gray Whales (spouting and fluking)

   All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta

Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Resident Killer Whales - L pod
(March 31, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale spy hopping (March 31, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (March 28, 2019)


Breaching Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (March 23, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (March 23, 2019)


Black-legged Kittiwake with an Anchovie, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-legged Kittiwake
with an Anchovie (March 23, 2019)


Humpback Whale lunge-feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge-feeding (March 23, 2019)


Humpback Whale Tails, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale Tails (March 23, 2019)

Humpback Whale lunge feeding (note Anchovies), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale lunge-feeding
notice Anchovies (March 22, 2019)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (March 22, 2019)

Spring is in the air... Male Brandt's Cormorant with guelar pouch attending the nest, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Spring is in the air... Male Brandt's Cormorant with
guelar pouch attending the nest (March 22, 2019)

Black-legged Kittiwake and a Pink-footed Shearwater, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-legged Kittiwake and a Pink-footed Shearwater (March 22, 2019)

Laysan Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Laysan Albatross (March 21, 2019)

Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (March 17, 2019)

Humpback Whale with rainblow, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale with rainblow (March 17, 2019)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin and Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin and
Humpback Whale (March 17, 2019)

Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale (March 17, 2019)

Black Turnstone, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black Turnstone (March 16, 2019)

Gray Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales (March 14, 2019)

Bottlenose Dolphin and Gull, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin & Gull (March 14, 2019)

Whimbrel, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Whimbrel (March 14, 2019)

Tall Ships in the bay, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tall Ships in the bay (March 14, 2019)

Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (March 11, 2019)

Black-legged Kittiwake, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-legged Kittiwake (March 10, 2019)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (March 10, 2019)

 Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (March 10, 2019)

Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (March 4, 2019)

Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale (March 4, 2019)


Risso's Dolphin breaching, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin breaching (March 4, 2019)

Risso's Dolphin breaching, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin breaching (March 4, 2019)

Gray Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale tail (March 3, 2019)

Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale (March 3, 2019)

Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (March 3, 2019)

Southern sea otter in the kelp, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter in the kelp (March 1, 2019)


All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta


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