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

February 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)

2/28 1:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale (breaching)
  8 Gray Whales
  350 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  1 Short-tailed Albatross

2/28 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching 30x)
  800 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/27 10 a.m. 9 Gray Whales
  18 Risso's Dolphins

2/26 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  20 Gray Whales
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Risso's Dolphins

2/26 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  8 Gray Whales
  700 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

2/26 9 a.m. (charter) 12 Humpback Whales(breaching and lunge feeding)
  12 Gray Whales
  700 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/25 1:30 p.m. 16 Gray Whales

2/25 10 a.m. Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale

2/24 1:30 p.m. 8 Gray Whales
  3 Bottlenose Dolphins (socializing)

2/24 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

2/23 10 a.m. 10 Killer Whales
  2 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Brown Booby

2/23 8:30 a.m. 10 Killer Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  1 Laysan Albatross
  8 Black-footed Albatross

2/22 1:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  2 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Brown Booby

2/22 12 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throws)
  2 Gray Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Brown Booby

2/22 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  4 Gray Whales
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Brown Booby

2/21 1:30 p.m. 6 Gray Whales (northbound)
  60 Long-beaked Common Dolphins
  2 Black-footed Albatross

2/21 10 a.m. 2 Gray Whales (northbound)

2/20 1:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  70 Risso's Dolphins
  450 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/20 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge feeding)
  5 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  250 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  50 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/19 1:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  17 Gray Whales
  250 Common Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/19 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  3 Gray Whales
  250 Common Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/18 1:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (pec slapping, tail slapping, breaching)
  300 Common Dolphins

2/18 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  5 Gray Whales
  250 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Black-footed Albatross
  1 Brown Booby

2/17 1:30 p.m. 3 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  10 Risso's Dolphins

2/17 12 p.m. 7 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  1 Brown Booby

2/17 10 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  1 Brown Booby

2/17 8:30 a.m. 15 Gray Whales
  1 Humpback Whale
  1 Stellar Sea Lion
  1 Brown Booby

2/16 12 p.m. 7 Gray Whales
  1 Brown Booby

2/16 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  10 Common Dolphins
  400 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  400 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/16 8:30 a.m. 3 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/15 3 p.m. 6 Gray Whales

2/15 1:30 p.m. 8 Gray Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins (northbound)

2/15 12 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

2/15 11 a.m. 10 Gray Whales

2/15 10 a.m. 16 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins

2/15 8:30 a.m. 17 Gray Whales
  5 Risso's Dolphins

2/14 1:30 p.m. 10 Gray Whales (1st Gray Whale seen going North!)

2/14 10 a.m. 4 Killer Whales (Louise & calf)
  5 Gray Whales

2/13 1:30 p.m. 7 Gray Whales
  3 Humpback Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins

2/13 10 a.m. 5 Gray Whales
  7 Humpback Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  600 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/12 1:30 p.m. 10 Gray Whales (breaching)
  150 Common Dolphins
  250 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/12 10 a.m. 17 Gray Whales
  250 Common Dolphins
  15 Risso's Dolphins

2/11 1:30 p.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  3 Gray Whales

2/11 10 a.m. 32 Gray Whales
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  50 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  80 Common Dolphins

2/10 1:30 p.m. 4 Gray Whales
  12 Humpback Whales
    mega pod of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/10 10 a.m. 15 Gray Whales
  6 Humpback Whales
  90 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

2/8 10 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  4 Bottlenose Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/7 1:30 p.m. 9 Gray Whales
  8 Risso's Dolphins

2/7 10 a.m. 21 Gray Whales
  80 Risso's Dolphins
  50 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  1 Brown Booby

2/6 10 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  600 Common Dolphins (about 20 calves)
  200 Risso's Dolphins

2/6 9 a.m. 15 Gray Whales

2/5 10 a.m. 12 Gray Whales

2/4 1:30 p.m. 7 Gray Whales
  1 Brown Booby

2/4 10 a.m. 22 Gray Whales
  10 Risso's Dolphins
  300 Black-legged Kittiwakes

2/1 1:30 p.m. 8 Gray Whales

2/1 12 noon 6 Gray Whales (including mom and newborn calf)

2/1 10 a.m. 14 Gray Whales
  750 Common Dolphins

2/1 8:30 a.m. 24 Gray Whales
  750 Common Dolphins

   All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta

Tail-throwing Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Tail-throwing Humpback Whale (February 28, 2020)

/Brandt's Cormorant photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brandt's Cormorant (February 27, 2020)

Gray Whale blow photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale Blow (February 25, 2020)

Southern Sea Otter photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (February 25, 2020)

Bottlenose Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin (February 24, 2020)

Snowy Egret photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Snowy Egret (February 24, 2020)

Killer Whales with a Black-footed Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales with a Black-footed Albatross
(February 23, 2020)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (February 22, 2020)

Common Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Common Dolphins (February 21, 2020)

Lunge feeding Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge feeding Humpback Whale
(February 20, 2020)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale
(February 18, 2020)

Black footed Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (February 18, 2020)

Humpback Whale tail photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (February 17, 2020)

Brown Booby California Sea Lion Brandtís Cormorant photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Booby, California Sea Lion & Brandtís Cormorant
(February 17, 2020)

Horned Grebe photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Horned Grebe (February 16, 2020)

Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (February 15, 2020)

Brown Booby photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Booby (February 15, 2020)

Killer Whale breaching  photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whale breaching (February 14, 2020)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale
(February 11, 2020)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin Somersault photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin Somersault
(February 10, 2020)

Humpback Whale Tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (February 10, 2020)

Southern Sea Otters mom and pup, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otters mom and pup
(February 10, 2020)

California Sea Lions, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lions (February 7, 2020)

Gray Whale tail, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale tail (February 6, 2020)

Brown Booby with Brandt's Cormorants, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Booby with Brandt's Cormorants
(February 1, 2020)

Long-beaked Common Dolphins, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Long-beaked Common Dolphins (February 1, 2020)

Harbor Seal, photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seal (February 1, 2020)

All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta


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