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

May 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)

5/31 2 p.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  85 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/31 1 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

5/31 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

5/31 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Harbor Porpoise

5/30 1 p.m. 1 Humpback Whales
  3 Harbor Porpoise

5/30 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (orcas)
  12 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Harbor Porpoise

5/30 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

5/29 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (mom & calf pairs)
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Harbor Porpoise

5/29 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  24 Baird's Beaked Whales (2 calves, 1 breach)
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

5/29 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales (tail slapping & breach)
  24 Baird's Beaked Whales (2 calves in the distance)
  70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  8 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins

5/28 1 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales

5/28 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

5/28 8 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throws)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  15 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  30 Risso's Dolphins

5/27 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  2 Blue Whales!
  10 Risso's Dolphins

5/27 1 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  2 Blue Whales!

5/27 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins

5/27 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins

5/27 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
 All Day 3 Blue Whales
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  350 Risso's Dolphins

5/25 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/25 1 p.m. 9 Humpback Whales

5/25 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/25 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/25 8 a.m.
 All Day
45 Humpback Whales
lunge feeding with Sea Lions, breach, tail throws
  2,500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3,500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/24 5:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail throws)
  15 Risso's Dolphins

5/24 1 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  120 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Layson Albatross

5/24 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Harbor Porpoise

5/24 8 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  88 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins
  4 Harbor Porpoise

5/24 8 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
 All Day 200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  120 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins

5/23 2 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales

5/23 1 p.m. 1 Blue Whale (first of the year!)
  2 Humpback Whales

5/23 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (double breach, tail throws)

5/23 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  2,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  2,000 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1 Laysan Albatross

5/20 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  800 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

5/20 8 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins

5/20 8 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, tail throws)
 All Day 3,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  2,500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins

5/18 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (calf frolicking)
  20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  120 Risso's Dolphins

5/18 8 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales
(2 mother and calf pairs, 1 kelping)

5/18 8 a.m.
 All Day
7 Humpback Whales
(3 mother and calf pairs)

5/17 9 a.m. 32 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throw)
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins (nursery pod)

5/17 8 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1,500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  450 Northern Right-whale Dolphins (nursery pod)
  1 Black-footed Albatross

5/17 8 a.m.
 All Day
33 Humpback Whales
(breach, tail lob, tail throw, pec slap)
  4,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3,000 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

5/16 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales

5/15 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  12 Risso's Dolphins

5/15 8 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (tail slapping, breaching)
  1 Harbor Porpoise

5/14 1 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale

5/14 9 a.m. 10 Humpback Whale (lunge-feeding, tail throws)

5/14 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whale (lunge-feeding

5/13 1 p.m. 20 Humpback Whales (tail throws, tail slaps)
  180 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/13 9 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/12 8 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  750 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/13 8 a.m.
 All Day
20 Humpback Whales
(breaching, tail throws, lunge-feeding)
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  2,000 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/12 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throws)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/12 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (tail throws)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/12 8 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales
 All Day 120 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

5/11 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales

5/11 1 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales (tail throws, head slaps)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/11 9 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales (tail slaps, tail throwing, breaching)
  2,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  600 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  15 Risso's Dolphins

5/11 8 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (cow/calf breaching)
  1 Fin Whale
  450 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/11 8 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales
 All Day 1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3,000 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/10 1:30 p.m. 4 Killer Whales (Orcas) - CA51s, hunting Sea Lions

5/10 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  125 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Masked Booby

5/10 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Tufted Puffin

5/10 8 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
 All Day 4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA 51s, predation on two California Sea Lions & one Elephant Seal
  30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  600 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Northern Fur Seals
  1 Elephant Seal

5/9 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slap)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/9 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

5/9 8 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/9 8 a.m. 57 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing, lunge-feeding)
 All Day 2,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3,500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  100 Harbor Porpoise

5/8 1 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales

5/8 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

5/8 8 a.m. 28 Humpback Whales
  1,030 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Blue Shark
  1 Thresher Shark
  1 Puffin

5/7 2 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

5/7 1 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
(feeding with 200 California Sea Lions)

5/7 9 a.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins with calves
  300 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  25 Risso's Dolphins

5/7 8 a.m. 42 Humpback Whales
  700 Pacific White-sided Dolphins (1 Brownell's)
  300 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/7 8 a.m. 30 Humpback Whales
 All Day 2,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3,500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  200 Harbor Porpoise

5/6 2 p.m. 17 Humpback Whales
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1,000 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/6 9 a.m. 53 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)
  350 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/6 8 a.m. 45 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)
  1,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/6 8 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales (tail throwing, breaching, lob tailing)
 All Day 1,500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  3,500 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/5 2 p.m. 17 Humpback Whales (breaching, lob tailing)
  60 Risso's Dolphins

5/5 1 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching, lob tailing)
  20 Risso's Dolphins

5/5 9 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throws)
  4 Killer Whales (Emma's pod)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/5 8 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Emma's pod)
  80 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/5 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
 All Day 4 Killer Whales (Emma's pod)

5/4 2 p.m. 11 Humpback Whales (breaching)

5/4 1 p.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

5/4 9 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  1500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  700 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/4 8 a.m. 37 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  1300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  850 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross

5/4 8 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales (tail slapping)
 All Day 150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins (summersaulting)
  70 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/3 2 p.m. 38 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  950 Pacific White-sided Dolphins (breaching)
  350 Northern Right-whale Dolphins (breaching)

5/3 1 p.m. 35 Humpback Whales
(lunge-feeding, tail slapping, pec slapping, breaching)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins (bow riding, porpoising)
  100 Northern Right-whale Dolphins (bow riding, breaching)

5/3 9 a.m. 48 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  450 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  3 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Mola Mola (ocean sunfish)

5/3 8 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales {breaching, lunge-feeding)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right-whale Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross

5/3 8 a.m. 87 Humpback Whales (breaching, lunge-feeding)
 All Day 2,000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1,000 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/2 2 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA51s "friendly pod"
(predation on 2 Sea Lions)

5/2 1 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slaps)
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA51s "friendly pod"

5/2 9 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (fluking)
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA51s "friendly pod"

5/2 8 a.m. 35 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail lobbing, pec slaps)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

5/2 8 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
 All Day 4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA51s "friendly pod"
(feeding on Sea Lions, breaching)

5/1 1 p.m. 45 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA51s
(Gray Whale mother & calf predation event)
  2 Gray Whales
  1,000 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/1 9 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA51s
(Gray Whale mother & calf predation event)
  2 Gray Whales
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  140 Northern Right-whale Dolphins

5/1 8 a.m. 4 Killer Whales (Orcas) CA51s
(Gray Whale mother & calf predation event)
  2 Gray Whales

   All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta

Humpback Whale and gull, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and gull (May 30, 2019)


Phalarope, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Phalarope (May 30, 2019)


Heart shaped blow from Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Heart shaped blow from Humpback Whale
(May 27, 2019)


Red-necked Grebe, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Red-necked Grebe (May 27, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter eating a sea urchin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter eating a sea urchin
(May 27, 2019)


Blue Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale (May 27, 2019)


Humpback Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales (May 25, 2019)


Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (May 25, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphins running, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins running
(May 25, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (May 25, 2019)


Humpback Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (May 25, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (May 24, 2019)


Humpback Whales - cow/calf pair, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales, mom and calf
(May 24, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (May 24, 2019)


Blue Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale (first of year!)
(May 23, 2019)


Northern Right-whale Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right-whale Dolphins (May 20, 2019)


Humpback Whale, kelping, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale, kelping (May 18, 2019)


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


Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale with California Sea Lion and Gull, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whale
with California Sea Lion and Gull (May 17, 2019)


Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (May 17, 2019)


Southern Sea Otter, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (May 14, 2019)


Risso's Dolphins (Mother and Calf), photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (Mother and Calf) (May 12, 2019)


Breaching baby Northern Right-whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching baby Northern Right-whale Dolphin
(May 11, 2019)


Killer Whale (Orca) tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) tail (May 10, 2019)


Killer Whale near the Blackfin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale near the Blackfin (May 10, 2019)


Tail Walking Northern Right Whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tail Walking Northern Right Whale Dolphin
(May 7, 2019)


Harbor Porpoise, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Porpoise (May 7, 2019)


Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin with breaching Humpback in the background, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin with
breaching Humpback Whale in the background
(May 6, 2019)


Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Northern Right Whale Dolphin
(May 6, 2019)


Northern Right-whale Dolphin breaching and Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right-whale Dolphin breaching
with a Pacific White-sided Dolphin (May 6, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (May 6, 2019)


Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) (May 5, 2019)


Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale (Orca) (May 5, 2019)


Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) (May 5, 2019)


Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) (May 5, 2019)


Killer Whales, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Parasitic Jaeger (May 4, 2019)


Oyster Catcher, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Oyster Catcher (May 4, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (May 4, 2019)


Barn Swallows, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Barn Swallows (May 4, 2019)


Humpback Whales lunge-feeding, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge-feeding (May 3, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphin flipping, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin flipping (May 3, 2019)


Pacific White-sided Dolphin flipping, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin flipping (May 3, 2019)


Northern Right-whale Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right-whale Dolphin (May 3, 2019)


Humpback Whale tail
Humpback Whale tail (May 2, 2019)




All photos © 2019 Daniel Bianchetta


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