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

Since June 1, 2023
compiled by Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Marine Mammals seen in Monterey Bay

This list, updated every few days, 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. Each month the sightings from the previous month are moved to a monthly summary list.

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   Killer Whale identifications by the California Killer Whale Project
Date # Type of Animal(s)

6/8 1:30 p.m. 6 Humpback Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  10 Harbor Porpoise

6/8 9 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
  25 Risso's Dolphins
  6 Harbor Porpoise

6/7 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales
  1 Killer Whale (Orca - CA50B "Jimmy")
  3 Harbor Porpoise

6/6 11:30 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (2 mom/calf pairs and vertical lunge feeds)
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas - T065B's with a successful sea lion predation)
  3 Harbor Porpoise

6/6 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (mom and calf pair feeding)
  15 Harbor Porpoise
  1 Red-footed Booby

6/5 1:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas)

6/5 9 a.m. 4 Humpback Whales
  4 Killer Whales (Orcas - T065B's - successful sea lion predations)
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  12 Harbor Porpoise

6/4 10 a.m. 12 Humpback Whales
  100 Risso's Dolphins

6/4 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales
  40 Risso's Dolphins

6/3 2:30 p.m. 7 Humpback Whales

6/3 10 a.m. 9 Humpback Whales (breaching, feeding)
  50 Risso's Dolphins

6/3 9 a.m. 6 Humpback Whales (breaching)
  15 Risso's Dolphins
  5 Harbor Porpoise

6/3 8 a.m. 8 Humpback Whales
All Day 2 Killer Whales (Orcas)
  70 Risso's Dolphins

6/2 1:30 p.m. 5 Humpback Whales (breaching)

6/2 9 a.m. 7 Humpback Whales (lunge feeding, tail throws)
  50 Risso's Dolphins
  2 Bottlenose Dolphins

6/1 9 a.m. 3 Humpback Whales (tail slapping and lunge feeding)
  15 Risso's Dolphins


Photos © 2023 Daniel Bianchetta

Harbor Porpoise photo by daniel bianchetta
Harbor Porpoise (June 8, 2023)

Black-footed Albatross photo by daniel bianchetta
Black-footed Albatross (June 7, 2023)

Orcas (Killer Whales) photo by daniel bianchetta
Killer Whales (Orcas - June 5, 2023)

Red-footed Booby photo by daniel bianchetta
Red-footed Booby (June 4, 2023)

Brown Pelican in flight photo by daniel bianchetta
Brown Pelican in flight (June 3, 2023)

Humpback Whale pectoral fin photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale pectoral fin (June 3, 2023)

Bottlenose Dolphin photo by daniel bianchetta
Bottlenose Dolphin (June 2, 2023)

Humpback Whale flukes (tail) photo by daniel bianchetta
Humpback Whale flukes (tail - June 1, 2023)

Photos © 2023 Daniel Bianchetta

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Last updated June 9, 2023