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

December 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)

12/30 2:30 p.m. 1 Humpback Whale (breaching)
  15 Common Dolphins

12/30 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  6 Gray Whales

12/29 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  6 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

12/28 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  4 Gray Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Risso's Dolphins

12/27 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (breaching)

12/27 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  10 Killer Whales (Orcas - Jagged [CA216B] and friends)

12/26 2:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  10 Risso's Dolphins

12/26 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (rolling)
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  280 Risso's Dolphins

12/24 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas)

12/24 10 a.m. 5 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  1 Blue Whale
  3 Gray Whales
  150 Risso's Dolphins

12/22 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
  1 Gray Whale
  10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  700 Risso's Dolphins

12/21 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (feeding)
  70 Risso's Dolphins (nursery group)

12/20 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (friendly behavior, spyhopping,
rolling under the boat, close spouting)

12/19 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  9 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  25 Risso's Dolphins

12/19 8 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales
All Day 9 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  2 Blue Whales
  2 Gray Whales
  200 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

12/18 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  800 Risso's Dolphins

12/16 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  40 Risso's Dolphins

12/15 10 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)
  5 Killer Whales reported (Orcas)

12/13 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)
  5 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  600 Risso's Dolphins

12/12 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)

12/12 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)
  300 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  250 Northern Right Whale Dolphins

12/11 10 a.m. 8 Killer Whales (Orcas - including one small calf)

12/10 10 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales

12/9 10 a.m. 2 Humpback Whales mom/calf pair, calf rolling around)
  400 Risso's Dolphins

12/8 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  1000 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Breaching Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)

12/7 10 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (feeding, rolling around)

12/6 1:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  8 Killer Whales
  50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  200 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

12/6 10 a.m. 1 Humpback Whale
  8 Killer Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

12/6 9 a.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  8 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA216Bs and CA51As)
  1000 Risso's Dolphins (including Casper)

12/5 2:30 p.m. 2 Humpback Whales (tail throwing)

12/5 1:30 p.m. 3 Humpback Whales (friendly behavior)
  5 Harbor Porpoise

12/5 10 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  150 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

12/5 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (pec slapping, breaching)
  150 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  1000 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins

12/4 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  10 Risso's Dolphins

12/3 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas - hunting, breaching, socializing))
  5 Blue Whales

12/2 10 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  11 Blue Whales (feeding)

12/1 10 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (lunge-feeding)

   All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta

Gray Whale heart-shaped blow photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale heart-shaped blow (December 30, 2020)

Gray Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whales (December 30, 2020)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (December 28, 2020)

Spyhopping Killer Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Spyhopping Killer Whale (December 24, 2020)

Humpback Whale tail throw at sunset photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail throw at sunset
(December 23, 2020)

Risso's Dolphin and calf photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin and calf (December 21, 2020)

Killer Whales (Orcas) at sunset photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) at sunset (December 19, 2020)

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

Humpback Whale tail photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale tail (December 12, 2020)

Pacific White-sided Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Pacific White-sided Dolphin (December 12, 2020)

Humpback Whale and California Sea Lion photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Humpback Whale and California Sea Lion
(December 12, 2020)

Chrysaora (Sea Nettle) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Chrysaora (Sea Nettle) (December 7, 2020)

White Risso's Dolphin Casper photo by Daniel Bianchetta
White Risso's Dolphin Casper (December 6, 2020)

Killer Whales (Orcas) photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas) (December 6, 2020)

Kingfisher photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Kingfisher (December 6, 2020)

Breaching Humpback Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Humpback Whale (December 5, 2020)

Southern Sea Otter mom and pup photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Southern Sea Otter mom and pup (December 5, 2020)

Blue Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Blue Whale (December 2, 2020)




All photos © 2020 Daniel Bianchetta


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