Monterey Bay, California is one of the only places in the world that has whale watching year-round! One of the reasons there is always something to see, is that we have both transient (migrating) and resident sea life that rarely leaves Monterey Bay. Protected as a National Marine Sanctuary, the bay is healthy and teeming with wildlife from every level of the food chain. With such diversity, there is always something to see and we want you to know what to look for!
While on your whale watching tour, you may get a chance to see humpback whales, gray whales, blue whales, fin whales, minke whales and beaked whales as well as various species of dolphins such as killer whales (Orcas), bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, long-beaked common dolphin, and pacific white-sided dolphins.
Other common sightings on Monterey Bay include the leatherback turtle, porpoises, sea lions, elephant seals, the Pacific Sun Fish also known as a Mola Mola, and of course the cute, iconic Monterey Bay sea otters!