Monterey Bay Whale Watch Map of Marine Mammal
Sightings in the Monterey Bay Region
July 1 - July 31, 1999
compiled by Richard Ternullo
Note: Gray Whales are not plotted on the chart. Numerous California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and Southern Sea Otters are seen on all trips, and also are not plotted.
The Oceanic Period seems to be apparent with a perceptible rise in sea surface temperatures and a resultant increase in marine mammal diversity. There has also been the arrival of Albacore Tuna off the near coast.
Humpback Whales are the most abundant large cetacean with good numbers of Blue Whales observed.
Among toothed whales, the most notable observations are of Sperm Whale, Baird's Beaked Whale, and Cuvier's Beaked Whale.
The sole observation, with photographic evidence, of a live Green Sea Turtle is exceptional.