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Whales? Check. Dolphins? Check. Seals, sea lions and otters? Triple check! Monterey Bay is still teeming with marine mammals. On Friday, staff and guests spotted eight different species from our wildlife viewing station—in 30 minutes!
(Top photo: Dan Albro, Bottom photos: Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com)
Have you seen the amazing wildlife on the bay this season? We’re here to help! We recently upgraded our otter spotter station. A ”scoreboard” keeps track of all the species seen that day—from sea otters to harbor seals, sea lions, whales and dolphins. Using our high-powered binoculars, it’s not unusual to spot over a dozen species of seabirds in a day! Expert interpreters are there to answer questions and add stories about the animals. It’s all about taking advantage of the Aquarium’s greatest asset—Monterey Bay itself!
Want to watch from afar? Check out our live web cam!
Fishermen aren’t the only ones enjoying the bounty of squid off our decks right now. Risso’s dolphins have also been enjoying the feast! These animals are easily identified by their white scarring, left by encounters with other dolphins—and by hooks on squid tentacles.
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(Photo: Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises)
We’ve been seeing pods of Risso’s dolphins near the Aquarium in recent days. This great photo from Giancarlo Thomae of Sanctuary Cruises shows how athletic they are. There’s even speculation that this one could be pregnant. What do you think?
What’s going on? Learn what’s behind the amazing whale and wildlife show we’ve been seeing in Monterey Bay, in our latest podcast!
Have you seen them? A pod of Risso’s dolphins has been circulating in the bay this week. In this amazing photo from Giancarlo Thomae, a mother pushes a newborn to the surface to take a breath.
Did you know that Pacific white-sided dolphins, like these seen recently in the bay, can swim in herds of thousands? Members form a close-knit group and will often care for a sick or injured dolphin.
(Steve Johnston photo)
Things are lively out in the bay! Ever wonder what makes Risso’s dolphins so scarred, like this example photographed just last weekend? The squid they eat have abrasive hooks on their tentacles. As these dolphins age, they can become almost completely white from the process. Thanks to Senior Guest Experience Trainer Steve Johnston for the great shot!
What can you see off of our ocean-view decks? Over 15 species of whales and dolphins, like these common dolphins. You don’t even need a boat! (©Brandon Cole)