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

January 2020
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Note -- This list includes reported sightings from Monterey Bay Whale Watch trips. Unusual sightings of other marine animals such as Leatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks are also listed, in addition to unusual seabirds such as Albatross and Brown Boobies. California Sea Lions are mentioned only if numbers or behavior are of interest. 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)

1/31 1:30 p.m. 23 Gray Whales
  6 Bottlenose Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

1/31 10 a.m. 20 Gray Whales
  45 Risso's Dolphins

1/30 1:30 p.m. 14 Gray Whales (migrating, spouting, and fluking!)

1/30 10 a.m. 12 Gray Whales
  45 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Brown Booby

1/29 10 a.m. 20 Gray Whales
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Brown Booby

1/28 10 a.m. 30 Gray Whales
  35 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

1/27 1:30 p.m. 23 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins

1/27 10 a.m. 26 Gray Whales
  1 Brown Booby

1/26 12 noon 23 Gray Whales

1/26 10 a.m. 25 Gray Whales

1/25 1:30 p.m. 5 Killer Whales
  11 Gray Whales

1/25 12 noon 5 Killer Whales
  11 Gray Whales

1/25 10 a.m. 22 Gray Whales
  3 Dall's Porpoise

1/25 8:30 a.m. 22 Gray Whales

1/25 8 a.m. 5 Killer Whales
All-day 17 Gray Whales
  2 Humpback Whales
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins
  8 Dall's Porpoise

1/24 1:30 p.m. 16 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

1/24 10 a.m. 29 Gray Whales, migrating south

1/23 1:30 p.m. 24 Gray Whales

1/23 10 a.m. 44 Gray Whales
  3 Humpback Whales

1/23 9 a.m. 11 Gray Whales

1/22 1:30 p.m. 21 Gray Whales
  15 Dall's Porpoise

1/22 10 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  3 Humpback Whales (breaching, spy hops)

1/21 10 a.m. 18 Gray Whales
  18 Humpback Whales (breaching, head slapping, tail throwing)
  1000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

1/20 12 noon 26 Gray Whales (including calf)
  600 Long-beaked Common Dolphins

1/20 10 a.m. 30 Gray Whales
  600 Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  8 Risso's Dolphins

1/19 1:30 p.m. 27 Gray Whales
  600 Long-beaked Common Dolphins

1/19 12 noon 21 Gray Whales
  600 Long-beaked Common Dolphins

1/19 10 a.m. 23 Gray Whales
  600 Long-beaked Common Dolphins

1/19 8:30 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  600 Long-beaked Common Dolphins

1/18 1:30 p.m. 41 Gray Whales
  14 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

1/18 12 noon 41 Gray Whales
  14 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

1/18 10 a.m. 38 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins

1/17 1:30 p.m. 9 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

1/17 10 a.m. 12 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins

1/15 10 a.m. 24 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

1/14 10 a.m. 21 Gray Whales

1/12 10 a.m. 14 Gray Whales

1/11 1:30 p.m. 3 Gray Whales

1/11 10 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  15 Risso's Dolphins

1/11 8:30 a.m. 9 Gray Whales

1/10 1 p.m. 8 Gray Whales
  280 Risso's Dolphins

1/10 10 a.m. 14 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

1/8 1:30 p.m. 8 Gray Whales

1/8 10 a.m. 19 Gray Whales

1/7 1:30 p.m. 3 Gray Whales (including cow/calf pair)

1/7 10 a.m. 10 Gray Whales
  1 Fin Whale

1/6 1:30 p.m. 1 Gray Whale
  6 Bottlenose Dolphins

1/6 10 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  20 Bottlenose Dolphins
  30 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

1/5 10 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  120 Risso's Dolphins

1/4 1:30 p.m. 4 Gray Whales

1/4 12 noon 3 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper the albino)
  2 Black-footed Albatross

1/4 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  750 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  750 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

1/4 8:30 a.m. 7 Gray Whales
  7 Humpback Whales

1/3 1:30 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  6 Humpback Whales
  1000 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1000 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

1/3 10 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  600 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

1/3 8:30 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  90 Risso's Dolphins

1/2 10 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  12 Risso's Dolphins

1/2 8:30 a.m. 5 Gray Whales (heading south to Mexico)

1/1 12 noon 2 Gray Whales

1/1 10 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  150 Risso's Dolphins

   All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta

Brown Booby, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Booby (January 27, 2020)

Breaching Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Gray Whale (January 25, 2020)

Male Killer Whale and Albatross at sunset, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Male Killer Whale and Albatross at sunset
(January 25, 2020)

Breaching Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Killer Whale (January 25, 2020)

Male Killer Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Male Killer Whale (January 25, 2020)

Humpback Whale tail with Orca rake marks, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail with Killer Whale rake marks
on underside of tail (January 23, 2020)

Humpback Whale with California Sea Lions and gull, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale with California Sea Lions and gull
(January 23, 2020)

Spy-hopping Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Spy-hopping Humpback Whale (January 22, 2020)

Oystercatcher, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Oystercatcher (January 20, 2020)

Long-beaked Common Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphins (January 20, 2020)

Long-beaked Common Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphin (January 19, 2020)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin in front of Humpback Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin in front of
Humpback Whale (January 18, 2020)

Risso's Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (January 18, 2020)

California Sea Lions and Brandt's Cormorants on the breakwater, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lions and Brandt's Cormorants
on the breakwater (January 14, 2020)

Southern Sea Otter eating a crab, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter eating a crab (January 11, 2020)

Baby Gray Whale, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Baby Gray Whale (January 7, 2020)

Bottlenose Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin (January 6, 2020)

Southern Sea Otters mother and pup, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters mother and pup (January 6, 2020)

Black-footed Albatross, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (January 4, 2020)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (January 3, 2020)

Heart-shaped Gray Whale blow, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Heart-shaped Gray Whale blow (January 3, 2020)

Risso's Dolphins Casper the albino and friends, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins Casper the albino and friends
(January 3, 2020)

Brandt's Cormorant and Snowy Egret, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brandt's Cormorant and Snowy Egret (January 2, 2020)

Gray Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale tail (January 2, 2020)



All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta


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