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

January 2021
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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 2:30 p.m. 20 Gray Whales

1/31 10 a.m. 20 Gray Whales (skim feeding, friendly)
  1 Elephant Seal

1/30 2:30 p.m. 22 Gray Whales

1/30 10 a.m. 11 Gray Whales (skim feeding, friendly)
  3 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA171B Fatfin, CA169, CA21)

1/29 10 a.m. 14 Gray Whales (cow/calf pair)

1/24 10 a.m. 47 Gray Whales

1/23 10 a.m. 40 Gray Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

1/23 9:30 a.m. 47 Gray Whales
Private Charter 100 Risso's Dolphins

1/21 10 a.m. 24 Gray Whales

1/20 10 a.m. 26 Gray Whales
  300 Risso's Dolphins

1/18 10 a.m. 44 Gray Whales
  120 Risso's Dolphins

1/17 3 p.m. 17 Gray Whales
  350 Risso's Dolphins

1/17 2:30 p.m. 35 Gray Whales
  350 Risso's Dolphins

1/17 11 a.m. 40 Gray Whales
Private Charter 100 Risso's Dolphins

1/17 10:30 a.m. 54 Gray Whales
Private Charter 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  100 Risso's Dolphins

1/17 10 a.m. 104 Gray Whales
  560 Risso's Dolphins

1/16 11 a.m. 17 Gray Whales
  150 Risso's Dolphins

1/16 10 a.m. 17 Gray Whales

1/15 10 a.m. 33 Gray Whales
  16 Risso's Dolphins

1/13 10 a.m. 14 Gray Whales

1/10 10 a.m. 2 Gray Whales
  350 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Laysan Albatross

1/9 2:30 p.m. 3 Gray Whales

1/9 10 a.m. 8 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

1/8 10 a.m. 14 Gray Whales
  20 Risso's Dolphins

1/7 10 a.m. 13 Gray Whales
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  1 Elephant Seal

1/3 2:30 p.m. 8 Gray Whales
  200 Risso's Dolphins

1/3 10 a.m. 11 Gray Whales
  370 Risso's Dolphins

1/2 2:30 p.m. 3 Killer Whales (Orcas - CA171B, CA169, CA21)
  40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
  60 Risso's Dolphins

1/2 10 a.m. 1 Gray Whale
  50 Risso's Dolphins (nursery pod)

1/1 2:30 p.m. 5 Gray Whales

1/1 10 a.m. 4 Gray Whales
  60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

   All photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta

Killer Whales photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Killer Whales (January 30, 2021)

Skim-feeding Gray Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Skim feeding Gray Whale - Note baleen and barnacles
(January 30, 2021)

California Sea Lions photo by Daniel Bianchetta
California Sea Lions (January 24, 2021)

Gray Whale and Risso's Dolphin photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale and Risso's Dolphin (January 20, 2021)

Risso's Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (January 17, 2021)

Raft of Sea Otters photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Raft of Sea Otters (January 17, 2021)

Gray Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Gray Whale (January 15, 2021)

Risso's Dolphin Spyhopping photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphin Spyhopping (January 10, 2021)

Laysan Albatross photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Laysan Albatross (January 10, 2021)

Breaching Gray Whale photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Breaching Gray Whale (January 9, 2021)

Risso's Dolphins photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Risso's Dolphins (January 7, 2021)

Great Egret photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Great Egret (January 2, 2021)



All photos © 2021 Daniel Bianchetta


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