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

July 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)

7/31 2:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  5 Harbor Porpoise

7/31 10 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing)
  15 Harbor Porpoise

7/30 2:30 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping, tail throwing)
  15 Harbor Porpoise

7/30 10 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  1500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  50 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

7/29 2:30 p.m. 30 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  20 Harbor Porpoise

7/29 10 a.m. 23 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  255 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

7/28 2:30 p.m. 9 Humpback Whales
  5 Harbor Porpoise

7/28 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (mom/calf pair)
  35 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

7/27 2:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding. breaching, tail throwing)
  4 Harbor Porpoise

7/27 10 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  215 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

7/27 9 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (friendly cow/calf pair)
  400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins

7/26 2:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  16 Risso's Dolphins

7/26 1:30 p.m. 13 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
    Bluefin Tuna feeding frenzy

7/26 10 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/26 9 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  30 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

7/25 5:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale (feeding)

7/25 2:30 p.m. 20 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  2 Ashy Storm Petrels (rare bird)

7/25 1:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales

7/25 10 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)
    Bluefin Tuna feeding

7/25 9 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales
    Bluefin Tuna feeding

7/25 8 a.m. 62 Humpback Whales
All Day 20 Risso's Dolphins
  30 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  20 Dall's Porpoise
  1 Fur Seal

7/24 10 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing, kelping)
  75 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

7/23 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping)

7/23 10 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping, tail throwing, mom/calf pair)
  1 Breaching Tuna

7/22 2:30 p.m. 10 Humpback Whales (tail slapping, breaching)

7/22 1:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales

7/22 10 a.m. 24 Humpback Whales (tail throwing, tail slapping, breaching)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1 Bottlenose Dolphin

7/22 9 a.m. 29 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/21 2:30 p.m.
Sea Wolf II
12 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching, tail throwing, pec slapping)

7/21 2:30 p.m.
Pt. Sur Clipper
25 Humpback Whales

7/21 10 a.m. 25 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  20 Dall's Porpoise

7/21 9 a.m. 39 Humpback Whales (breaching)

7/20 1:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (feeding)

7/20 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (pec slapping, tail throwing)
  100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  300 Risso's Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  20 Harbor Porpoise

7/20 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  1 Minke Whale (close pass by the boat)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  350 Risso's Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise
  7 Dall's Porpoise

7/20 8 a.m. 26 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)
All Day 5 Baird's Beaked Whales
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

7/19 5:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  110 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Risso's Dolphins
  80 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/19 2:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  1 Minke Whale
  25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  85 Risso's Dolphins
  25 Dall's Porpoise

7/19 1:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  600 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

7/19 10 a.m. 33 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)
  1 Fin Whale
  1100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  95 Risso's Dolphins
  100 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/19 9 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales
  1 Fin Whale
  1 Minke Whale
  800 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  400 Risso's Dolphins
  50 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/18 5:30 p.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing)

7/18 2:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (mom/calf pair)
  4 Harbor Porpoise

7/18 1:30 p.m. 21 Humpback Whales (mom/calf pair, breaching, pec slapping)
  5 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Elephant Seal

7/18 10 a.m. 18 Humpback Whales (pec slapping)
  75 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  150 Risso's Dolphins

7/18 8 a.m. 22 Humpback Whales (breaching, head stands)
All Day 400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/18 7 a.m. 27 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail throwing)
  500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/17 2:30 p.m. 14 Humpback Whales (mom and calf pairs, tail throwing)

7/17 10 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales (mom and calf pairs, breaching, lunge-feeding)
  5 Risso's Dolphins

7/16 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and tail throwing)
  110 Risso's Dolphins

7/16 10 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, mom & calf pairs)
  15 Harbor Porpoise

7/15 2:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales (breaching, tail slapping, lunge-feeding)

7/15 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping, tail throwing, lunge-feeding)

7/14 2:30 p.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching, pec slapping, tail throwing)

7/14 10 a.m. 21 Humpback Whales (breaching)

7/13 10 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and breaching)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

7/12 1:30 p.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding and breaching)

7/12 10 a.m. 14 Humpback Whales (lots of lunge-feeding)

7/12 9 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

7/11 2:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales

7/11 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales

7/11 9 a.m.
Pt. Sur Clipper
19 Humpback Whales

7/11 9 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
Sea Wolf II 20 Risso's Dolphins

7/10 10 a.m. 11 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

7/9 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  50 Risso's Dolphins

7/8 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

7/7 10 a.m. 10 Humpback Whales
  1 Fin Whale
  2500 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/5 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  1 Blue Whale

7/5 9 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale (lunge-feeding)
  1 Blue Whale

7/4 10 a.m. 16 Humpback Whales
  400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  40 Risso's Dolphins

7/4 9 a.m. 20 Humpback Whales
  400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/4 8 a.m. 15 Humpback Whales (breaching)
All Day 400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  20 Risso's Dolphins
  500 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

7/3 2:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair breaching)
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  15 Harbor Porpoise

7/3 1:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (cow/calf pair - calf breached over 15 times)

7/3 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding, breaching)
  40 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

7/3 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  3 Harbor Porpoise

7/2 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (mom/calf pair, breaching)
  40 Risso's Dolphins

7/1 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching, pec slapping, tail throwing)
  100 Risso's Dolphins

   All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta

Humpback Whale and California Sea Lions photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and California Sea Lions
(July 31, 2020)

Osprey photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Osprey (July 30, 2020)

Northern Right Whale Dolphins mother and calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right Whale Dolphins mother and calf
(July 30, 2020)

Canada Goose photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Canada Goose (July 29, 2020)

Close-up view of Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Close-up view of Humpback Whale (July 28, 2020)

Humpback Whales lunge-feeding (Note anchovies) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales lunge-feeding (Note anchovies)
(July 27, 2020)

Two Humpback Whale tails photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Two Humpback Whale tails (July 25, 2020)

Humpback Whale kelping- playing with kelp photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale kelping (playing with kelp)
(July 24, 2020)

Black-footed Albatross taking off photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross taking off (July 24, 2020)

Southern Sea Otter eating a crab photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter eating a crab (July 23, 2020)

Pec slapping Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pec slapping Humpback Whale (July 23, 2020)

Bluefin Tuna breaching photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Bluefin Tuna breaching (July 23, 2020)

Humpback Whale tail good ID photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail - good ID photo (July 23, 2020)

Harbor Seal photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Seal (July 22, 2020)

Dall's Porpoise photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Dall's Porpoise (July 21, 2020)

Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish - July 21, 2020)

Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin (July 20, 2020)

Harbor Porpoise photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Harbor Porpoise (July 20, 2020)

Southern Sea Otter photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter (July 20, 2020)

Minke Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Minke Whale (July 20, 2020)

Fin Whale and Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fin Whale and Pacific White-sided Dolphin
(July 19, 2020)

Breaching Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Risso's Dolphin (July 19, 2020)

Black-crowned Night Heron sharing a crab photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-crowned Night Heron (July 18, 2020)

Humpback Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whales (July 17, 2020)

Mother and pup Southern Sea Otter sharing a crab photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Mother and pup Southern Sea Otter sharing a crab
(July 17, 2020)

Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Lunge-feeding Humpback Whales (July 16, 2020)

Brown Pelican plunge diving photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Pelican plunge diving (July 14, 2020)

Risso's Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (July 9, 2020)

California Sea Lions photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lions (July 9, 2020)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (July 8, 2020)

Brown Pelican and Brandt's Cormorants photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Brown Pelican and Brandt's Cormorants (July 8, 2020)

Fin Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Fin Whale (July 7, 2020)

Blue Whale near Pacific Grove photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale near Pacific Grove (July 5, 2020)

Pacific White-sided Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphins (July 4, 2020)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (July 4, 2020)

Northern Right Whale Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Northern Right Whale Dolphins (July 4, 2020)

Black-footed Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (July 3, 2020)

Humpback Whale tail throw photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throw (July 2, 2020)



All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta


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