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 Harbor Porpoise is one of two species of porpoises common to the Monterey Bay.
The Dall’s Porpoise is the second species of porpoise in Monterey Bay.
Our local, coastal Bottlenose dolphins are common in the Monterey Bay.
Killer Whales, or Orcas, are actually the largest dolphin in the dolphin family.
The big heavy round robust Risso’s dolphins can weigh up to 2,000 lbs.
Northern Rightwhale Dolphins
Northern Rightwhale dolphins are the most sleek and silky smooth looking dolphins.
There are two kinds of Common Dolphins that inhabit in the Monterey Bay: long beak and short beak.
Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
The Pacific White-sided dolphins are the most aerial of all the species, jumping and flipping in the air when they are really worked up!