We have regular sightings of several different species of dolphin's and porpoise's in Monterey Bay and so often the passengers say that they are the best part of the trips. Being surrounded by ten, to hundreds, to thousands, of dolphins exhibiting all their various behaviors and activities brings so much delight to every ones trip that very often it is an experience of a life time for them. We are so fortunate to have many different kinds of dolphin and porpoise species and even more lucky to get to see four kinds of them cavorting around in mixed species groups. The Pacific White-sided dolphins, Common dolphin, Risso's dolphin, and the Northern Rightwhale dolphin can be seen in mixed groups or segregated by species.
All the dolphins in the Monterey Bay are extremely social animals with complex social systems, hierarchies, and have family units, however, the scratches on them prove that they also fight pretty hard. The scars on the dolphins match their own mouths so don't think for a minute that these beautiful highly intelligent creatures are only sweet docile animals because they can really do some biting when they get mad at each other.
The Dall's Porpoise is the second species of porpoise in Monterey Bay
THe Harbor Porpoise is one of two species of porpoises common to the Monterey Bay
Our local, coastal Bottlenose dolphins are just that.