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Whale Watching Sightings Log 2004

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2004 Whale Watching Sightings

  Bottlenose
Dolphin
Common Dolphin Pacific
White-sided Dolphin
Rissos
Dolphins
Other Gray
Whales
Dec 28 20 Bottlenose 200 Common Dolphins   15 Risso’s    
Dec 27 12 Bottlenose     30 Risso’s   1 Gray Whale
Dec 26 12 Bottlenose     15 Risso’s   2 Gray Whales-1 young (25 feet)
Dec 23 14 Bottlenose     80 Risso’s   3 Gray Whales (1 baby & mother)
Dec 22 12 Bottlenose     12 Risso’s    
Dec 21   300 Co.        
Dec 19           1 Gray Whale
Dec 18   500 Co.        
Dec 17         2 Fin Whales  
Dec 15   1000 Co.        
Dec 14   1200 Co.        
Dec 11       50 Risso’s   4 Gray Whales
Dec 9 100+ Bottlenose          
Dec 8 50 Bottlenose 25 Co.        
Dec 7 20 Bottlenose          
Dec 6   1000+ Co.        
Dec 5   200 Co.        
Nov 29 12 Bottlenose          
Nov 28 20 Bottlenose 800 Co.   12 Risso’s    
Nov 26   800 Co.        
Nov 25 50 Bottlenose   20 Pacific White-sided 2 Risso’s    
Nov 23   4000 Co.        
Nov 19   1000 Co.        
Nov 17       12 Risso’s    
Nov 15   25 Co.        
Nov 12   2000 Co.        
Nov 10   500 Co.        
Nov 7 60 Bottlenose          
Nov 6     12 Pacific White-sided      
Nov 5 4 Bottlenose 1000 Co.        
Nov 4   300 Co.        
Nov 3 4 Bottlenose 300 Co.        
Nov 1 8 Bottlenose          
Oct 31       12 Risso’s    
Oct 30   1000 Co.        
Oct 29 25 Bottlenose     65 Risso’s    
Oct 27   80 Co.        
Oct 26 5 Bottlenose          
Oct 25 2 Bottlenose          
Oct 23   25 Co.        
Oct 22 25 Bottlenose     50 Risso’s 1 Snipe eel  
Oct 21   16 Co.        
Oct 20 36 Bottlenose     36 Risso’s    
Oct 16   1000 Co.        
Oct 12   200 Co.        
Oct 11   300 Co.        
Oct 9   200 Co.        
Oct 8   50 Co.        
Oct 7 9 Bottlenose 250 Co.   6 Risso’s    
Oct 6   1000 Co.     1 Minke Whale  
Oct 5   1000 Co.     1 Humpback Whale  
Oct 4   100 Co.        
Oct 1   500 Co. 8 Pacific White-sided 20 Risso’s    
Sept 30 12 Bottlenose          
Sept 29   100 Co.        
Sept 28 12 Bottlenose 50 Co.   50 Risso’s Nursery pods-Commons & Bottlenose  
Sept 24 6 Bottlenose 400 Co.        
Sept 23   1000 Co.        
Sept 22   100 Co.   25 Risso’s    
Sept 21   1500 Co.        
Sept 20   50 Co.        
Sept 18   200 Co.        
Sept 17   1000 Co.        
Sept 16   500 Co.        
Sept 15   1000 Co.        
Sept 14   200 Co.        
Sept 13   12 Co. 6 Pacific White-sided      
Sept 10   50 Co.        
Sept 9   300 Co.        
Sept 7   4000 Co.        
Sept 6   2000 Co.   25 Risso’s    
Sept 5   200 Co.        
Sept 3 6 Bottlenose 500+ Co.        
Sept 2   300+ Co.        
Sept 1   1000 Co.        
Aug 31   2200+ Co.        
Aug 30   500 Co.        
Aug 29   250 Co.        
Aug 28 2 Bottlenose 200 Co.        
Aug 27 2 Bottlenose 500 Co.   50 Risso’s 1 Blue Whale!  
Aug 26   250 Co.     4 Blue Whales!  
Aug 25   200 Co.     2 Blue Whales!  
Aug 24 30 Bottlenose 200 Co.        
Aug 23 50 Bottlenose 500 Co.        
Aug 22   1500+ Co.        
Aug 21 100+ Bottlenose! 100 Co.   20 Risso’s    
Aug 20   400 Co.     1 Blue Whale!  
Aug 19   300 Co.   50 Risso’s    
Aug 18 70 Bottlenose 100 Co.        
Aug 17   1000+ Co.        
Aug 16   1500 Co.     1 Albino Calf (Common Dolphin)  
Aug 15   1200+ Co.     1 Blue Whale!  
Aug 14   1000 Co.        
Aug 13   1500+ Co.        
Aug 12 25 Bottlenose 1200+ Co.     1 Minke Whale & 2 Mola
Molas
 
Aug 11            
Aug 10         4 Blue Whales!  
Aug 9 40 Bottlenose     4 Risso’s 2 Blue Whales!  
Aug 8   1000 Co.     1 Blue Whale!  
Aug 7   200 Co.     2 Blue Whales & 1 Calf!  
Aug 6         10 Blue Whales & 1 Calf!!  
Aug 5   150 Co.     2 Blue Whales!  
Aug 4   1500 Co.     3 Mola Molas  
Aug 3   200 Co.        
Aug 2   1500 Co.        
Aug 1   200 Co.     1 Mola Mola  
July 31   1000 Co.        
July 30   2000 Co.        
July 29   800 Co.     1 Mola Mola  
July 28   450 Co.        
July 27   500+ Co.        
July 26   300 Co. 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin   12 Common Dolphin CALVES & 1
Mola
 
July 25   200 Co.     1 Huge Mola Mola!  
July 24   200 Co.     2 Mola Molas & 1 Mako
Shark
 
July 23   600 Co.        
July 22   800 Co.        
July 21 50 Bottlenose 600 Co.        
July 20   1300 Co.     2 Mola Molas  
July 19   150 Co.     12 Common Dolphin CALVES & 2
Molas
 
July 18   450 Co.        
July 17   400 Co.        
July 16   300 Co.   15 Risso’s 3 Mola Molas  
July 15   1000 Co.     2 Mola Molas  
July 14   65 Co.     4 Mola Molas  
July 13   1000 Co.        
July 12   200 Co.     4 Mola Molas  
July 11   600 Co.        
July 10   700 Co.     3 Elephant Seals  
July 9   1500 Co.     3 Blue Whales  
July 8   1000+ Co.        
July 7 20 Bottlenose 2400 Co.        
July 6   1500 Co.        
July 5 2 Bottlenose 500 Co.     1 Minke Whale  
July 4 40 Bottlenose 200 Co.     1 Minke Whale & 1 Wlwphant
Seal
 
July 3 10 Bottlenose 1500 Co.        
July 2 25 Bottlenose 500 Co.        
July 1   300+ Co.        
June 30   9 Co.        
June 29   500 Co.        
June 28   1000 Co.        
June 27   800 Co.     2 Blue Whales  
June 26 2 Bottlenose 500 Co.     1 Blue Whale & 1 Sun Fish  
June 25         7 Blue Whales!!  
June 24   1500+ Co.        
June 23 20 Bottlenose          
June 22   2500 Co.        
June 21   1500+ Co.        
June 20 30 Bottlenose 1000 Co.        
June 19   2500 Co.        
June 18   1500+ Co.        
June 17   600 Co.        
June 16 6 Bottlenose 200 Co.     1 Blue Whale!!  
June 14 60 Bottlenose 1000 Co.   20 Risso’s 1 Mako Shark & 1 Sun Fish  
June 13   40 Co.        
June 12 10 Bottlenose          
June 11 10 Bottlenose       3 Fin Whales!  
June 10 20 Bottlenose 1000+ Co.        
June 8 4 Bottlenose 10 Co.     1 Blue Whale!!  
June 7   1000 Co.     1 Sun Fish & 1 Harbor
Seal Swimming
 
June 6 3 Bottlenose          
June 5   500 Co.        
June 4   1000+ Co.        
June 3 50 Bottlenose 50 Co.        
June 2   150 Co.        
June 1 8 Bottlenose 200 Co.        
May 31   2000 Co. 6 Pacific White-sided      
May 30 15 Bottlenose          
May 29 8 Bottlenose 1500 Co.        
May 28 20 Bottlenose 500 Co.        
May 27 30 Bottlenose 250 Co.        
May 23   1000 Co.     1 Fin Whale  
May 22   25 Co.        
May 21   1000 Co.        
May 18   250 Co.        
May 17   500 Co.        
May 16 6 Bottlenose          
May 15   1250 Co.        
May 14 12 Bottlenose 25 Co.        
May 13 6 Bottlenose          
May 12   2000 Co.        
May 11   600 Co.        
May 10   5 Co.        
May 8   500 Co.        
May 7 50 Bottlenose 500 Co.        
May 6 50 Bottlenose 200 Co.     2 Fin Whales  
May 5   75 Co. 25 Pacific White-sided   75 -100 False Killer Whales 2 Gray Whales-Mother & Calf!
May 4   200 Co.     4 Fin Whales-1 Breaching!!  
May 3 200+ Bottlenose          
May 1     24 Pacific White-sided      
April 30   2500 Co.        
April 29   200 Co.        
April 26   15 Co.       2 Gray Whales-Mother & Calf!
April 24   4000 Co.        
April 23   500 Co.       4 Gray Whales
April 22 8 Bottlenose         2 Gray Whales
April 21 12 Bottlenose 200 Co.        
April 20   200 Co.        
April 19     8 Pacific White-sided      
April 16 20 Bottlenose 30 Co. 12 Pacific White-sided     4 Gray Whales
April 15 6 Bottlenose         2 Gray Whales inc. Mother & Calf!
April 14 11 Bottlenose   11 Pacific White-sided      
April 12 6 Bottlenose 750 Co.       3 Gray Whales inc. Mother & Calf!
April 10 12 Bottlenose         2 Gray Whales
April 8 6 Bottlenose 100 Co.       3 Gray Whales inc. Mother & Calf!
April 7   500+ Co.       2 Gray Whales-Mother & Calf!
April 6   150 Co.       4 Gray Whales
April 5 Bottlenose 200 Co.       2 Gray Whales
April 3 8 Bottlenose   6 Pacific White-sided     3 Gray Whales
April 2 16 Bottlenose 6 Co. 6 Pacific White-sided     2 Gray Whales-1 in the harbor!
April 1 12 Bottlenose         6 Gray Whales-1 Breaching!
March 31   300 Co.   24 Risso’s    
March 30   1000 Co.       2 Gray Whales
March 29   200 Co.   6 Risso’s   1 Gray Whale
March 28 3 Bottlenose 100 Co. 8 Pacific White-sided      
March 26 6 Bottlenose 2000 Co.   6 Risso’s   4 Gray Whales
March 25   2000 Co. 4 Pacific White-sided     8 Gray Whales
March 23           1 Gray Whale
March 22 6 Bottlenose 6000 Co.     2 Humpback Whales! 1 Gray Whale
March 21   2000 Co.   25 Risso’s    
March 20           5 Gray Whales-2 Breaching!
March 19 10 Bottlenose 1000 Co.   10 Risso’s   3 Gray Whales
March 18   2000 Co.   50 Risso’s   1 Gray Whale
March 16 2 Bottlenose 1000+ Co.       2 Gray Whales
March 15 6 Bottlenose         5 Gray Whales
March 14           8 Gray Whales-1 Breaching!
March 13   1000 Co.     1 Elephant Seal 14 Gray Whales
March 12   1000 Co.   15 Risso’s   7 Gray Whales
March 10   2000 Co.       12 Gray Whales
March 11     30+ Pacific White-sided     5 Gray Whales
March 9     4 Pacific White-sided     4 Gray Whales
March 8 12 Bottlenose 2000 Co.   12 Risso’s   4 Gray Whales
March 7 2 Bottlenose   24 Pacific White-sided 24 Risso’s   5 Gray Whales
March 6 12 Bottlenose 2000 Co.       4 Gray Whales
March 5   2000 Co. 24 Pacific White-sided     5 Gray Whales
March 3   40 Co.       5 Gray Whales
March 2           4 Gray Whales
Feb 28   400 Co.        
Feb 27 12 Bottlenose 200 Co.   60 Risso’s   9 Gray Whales
Feb 26   25 Co. 6 Pacific White-sided     4 Gray Whales
Feb 25           4 Gray Whales
Feb 24   1000 Co. 6 Pacific White-sided     3 Gray Whales
Feb 20           2 Gray Whales-1 Breaching!
Feb 17   100 Co.       4 Gray Whales
Feb 16 6 Bottlenose 300 Co. 25 Pacific White-sided     1 Gray Whale
Feb 15     100 Pacific White-sided     2 Gray Whales
Feb 14         30-40 Orcas!!!!!  
Feb 13 10 Bottlenose         3 Gray Whales-2 Northbound
Feb 10     40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins     4 Gray Whales-1 Northbound
Feb 9           4 Gray Whales
Feb 8 4 Bottlenose         1 Gray Whale
Feb 6           3 Gray Whales
Feb 5   250 Co.       4 Gray Whales-1 Breaching
Feb 4   25+ Co.       5 Gray Whales-Cow & Calf & 1
Breaching
Feb 3     14 Pacific White-sided     2 Gray Whales
Feb 2           2 Gray Whales
Feb 1     24 Pacific White-sided     3 Gray Whales
Jan 31     24 Pacific White-sided     2 Gray Whales-1 Breaching!
Jan 30       15 Risso’s   1 Gray Whale
Jan 29           3 Gray Whales
Jan 28 15 Bottlenose         1 Gray Whale
Jan 27 8 Bottlenose     14 Risso’s ……….4 Risso’s calves-one
just 2 days old!
 
Jan 25 2 Bottlenose 2000 Co.       6 Gray Whales
Jan 23           1 Gray Whale
Jan 22         1 Sunfish 1 Gray Whale
Jan 21   800+ Co.   36 Risso’s   1 Gray Whale
Jan 20   12 Co.       2 Gray Whales
Jan 19 6 Bottlenose   5 Pacific White-sided   Sealion eating a Jumbo Squid! 7 Gray Whales
Jan 18     40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins     1 Gray Whale
Jan 17 8 Bottlenose          
Jan 16   500 Co. 30 Pacific White Sided Dolphins 12 Risso’s   1 Gray Whale
Jan 15 12 Bottlenose   40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins     4 Gray Whales-2 Breaching!
Jan 14           1 Gray Whale
Jan 13     12 Pacific White Sided Dolphins      
Jan 6   3000 Co. 6 Pacific White-sided      
Jan 5         1 Elephant Seal  
Jan 1 3 Bottlenose         2 Gray Whales

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