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    Whale Watching Sightings Log 2005

    Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari Sightings

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    2005 Whale Watching Sightings

    DateBottlenose DolphinCommon DolphinPacific White-sided DolphinRisso’s DolphinsOtherGray Whales
    Dec 2820 Bottlenose Dolphins200 Common Dolphins 15 Risso’s Dolphins  
    Dec 2712 Bottlenose Dolphins  30 Risso’s Dolphins 1 Gray Whale
    Dec 2612 Bottlenose Dolphins  15 Risso’s Dolphins 2 Gray Whales-1 young (25 feet)
    Dec 2314 Bottlenose Dolphins  80 Risso’s Dolphins 3 Gray Whales (1 baby & mother)
    Dec 2212 Bottlenose  12 Risso’s  
    Dec 21 300 Common Dolphins    
    Dec 19     1 Gray Whale
    Dec 18 500 Common Dolphins    
    Dec 17    2 Fin Whales 
    Dec 15 1,000 Common Dolphins    
    Dec 14 1,200 Common Dolphins    
    Dec 11   50 Risso’s Dolphins 4 Gray Whales
    Dec 9100+ Bottlenose Dolphins     
    Dec 850 Bottlenose Dolphins25 Common Dolphins    
    Dec 720 Bottlenose Dolphins     
    Dec 6 1,000+ Common Dolphins    
    Dec 5 200 Common Dolphins    
    Nov 2912 Bottlenose Dolphins     
    Nov 2820 Bottlenose Dolphins800 Common Dolphins 12 Risso’s Dolphins  
    Nov 26 800 Common Dolphins    
    Nov 2550 Bottlenose 20 Pacific White-sided2 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 760 Bottlenose     
    Nov 6  12 Pacific White-sided   
    Nov 54 Bottlenose1000 Co.    
    Nov 4 300 Co.    
    Nov 34 Bottlenose300 Co.    
    Nov 18 Bottlenose     
    Oct 31   12 Risso’s  
    Oct 30 1000 Co.    
    Oct 2925 Bottlenose  65 Risso’s  
    Oct 27 80 Co.    
    Oct 265 Bottlenose     
    Oct 252 Bottlenose     
    Oct 23 25 Co.    
    Oct 2225 Bottlenose  50 Risso’s1 Snipe eel 
    Oct 21 16 Co.    
    Oct 2036 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 79 Bottlenose250 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-sided20 Risso’s  
    Sept 3012 Bottlenose     
    Sept 29 100 Co.    
    Sept 2812 Bottlenose50 Co. 50 Risso’s Nursery pods-Commons & Bottlenose 
    Sept 246 Bottlenose400 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 36 Bottlenose500+ Co.    
    Sept 2 300+ Co.    
    Sept 1 1000 Co.    
    Aug 31 2200+ Co.    
    Aug 30 500 Co.    
    Aug 29 250 Co.    
    Aug 282 Bottlenose200 Co.    
    Aug 272 Bottlenose500 Co. 50 Risso’s1 Blue Whale! 
    Aug 26 250 Co.  4 Blue Whales! 
    Aug 25 200 Co.  2 Blue Whales! 
    Aug 2430 Bottlenose200 Co.    
    Aug 2350 Bottlenose500 Co.    
    Aug 22 1500+ Co.    
    Aug 21100+ Bottlenose!100 Co. 20 Risso’s  
    Aug 20 400 Co.  1 Blue Whale! 
    Aug 19 300 Co. 50 Risso’s  
    Aug 1870 Bottlenose100 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 1225 Bottlenose1200+ Co.  1 Minke Whale & 2 Mola
    Molas
     
    Aug 11      
    Aug 10    4 Blue Whales! 
    Aug 940 Bottlenose  4 Risso’s2 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 2150 Bottlenose600 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’s3 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 720 Bottlenose2400 Co.    
    July 6 1500 Co.    
    July 52 Bottlenose500 Co.  1 Minke Whale  
    July 440 Bottlenose200 Co.  1 Minke Whale & 1 Wlwphant
    Seal
     
    July 310 Bottlenose1500 Co.    
    July 225 Bottlenose500 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 262 Bottlenose500 Co.  1 Blue Whale & 1 Sun Fish 
    June 25    7 Blue Whales!! 
    June 24 1500+ Co.    
    June 2320 Bottlenose     
    June 22 2500 Co.    
    June 21 1500+ Co.    
    June 2030 Bottlenose1000 Co.    
    June 19 2500 Co.    
    June 18 1500+ Co.    
    June 17 600 Co.    
    June 166 Bottlenose200 Co.  1 Blue Whale!! 
    June 1460 Bottlenose1000 Co. 20 Risso’s1 Mako Shark & 1 Sun Fish 
    June 13 40 Co.    
    June 1210 Bottlenose     
    June 1110 Bottlenose   3 Fin Whales! 
    June 1020 Bottlenose1000+ Co.    
    June 84 Bottlenose10 Co.  1 Blue Whale!! 
    June 7 1000 Co.  1 Sun Fish & 1 Harbor
    Seal Swimming
     
    June 63 Bottlenose     
    June 5 500 Co.    
    June 4 1000+ Co.    
    June 350 Bottlenose50 Co.    
    June 2 150 Co.    
    June 18 Bottlenose200 Co.    
    May 31 2000 Co.6 Pacific White-sided   
    May 3015 Bottlenose     
    May 298 Bottlenose1500 Co.    
    May 2820 Bottlenose500 Co.    
    May 2730 Bottlenose250 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 166 Bottlenose     
    May 15 1250 Co.    
    May 1412 Bottlenose25 Co.    
    May 136 Bottlenose     
    May 12 2000 Co.    
    May 11 600 Co.    
    May 10 5 Co.    
    May 8 500 Co.    
    May 750 Bottlenose500 Co.    
    May 650 Bottlenose200 Co.  2 Fin Whales 
    May 5 75 Co.25 Pacific White-sided 75 -100 False Killer Whales2 Gray Whales-Mother & Calf!
    May 4 200 Co.  4 Fin Whales-1 Breaching!! 
    May 3200+ 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 228 Bottlenose    2 Gray Whales
    April 2112 Bottlenose200 Co.    
    April 20 200 Co.    
    April 19  8 Pacific White-sided   
    April 1620 Bottlenose30 Co.12 Pacific White-sided  4 Gray Whales
    April 156 Bottlenose    2 Gray Whales inc. Mother & Calf!
    April 1411 Bottlenose 11 Pacific White-sided   
    April 126 Bottlenose750 Co.   3 Gray Whales inc. Mother & Calf!
    April 1012 Bottlenose    2 Gray Whales
    April 86 Bottlenose100 Co.   3 Gray Whales inc. Mother & Calf!
    April 7 500+ Co.   2 Gray Whales-Mother & Calf!
    April 6 150 Co.   4 Gray Whales
    April 5Bottlenose200 Co.   2 Gray Whales
    April 38 Bottlenose 6 Pacific White-sided  3 Gray Whales
    April 216 Bottlenose6 Co.6 Pacific White-sided  2 Gray Whales-1 in the harbor!
    April 112 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 283 Bottlenose100 Co.8 Pacific White-sided   
    March 266 Bottlenose2000 Co. 6 Risso’s 4 Gray Whales
    March 25 2000 Co.4 Pacific White-sided  8 Gray Whales
    March 23     1 Gray Whale
    March 226 Bottlenose6000 Co.  2 Humpback Whales!1 Gray Whale
    March 21 2000 Co. 25 Risso’s  
    March 20     5 Gray Whales-2 Breaching!
    March 1910 Bottlenose1000 Co. 10 Risso’s 3 Gray Whales
    March 18 2000 Co. 50 Risso’s 1 Gray Whale
    March 162 Bottlenose1000+ Co.   2 Gray Whales
    March 156 Bottlenose    5 Gray Whales
    March 14     8 Gray Whales-1 Breaching!
    March 13 1000 Co.  1 Elephant Seal14 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 812 Bottlenose2000 Co. 12 Risso’s 4 Gray Whales
    March 72 Bottlenose 24 Pacific White-sided24 Risso’s 5 Gray Whales
    March 612 Bottlenose2000 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 2712 Bottlenose200 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 166 Bottlenose300 Co.25 Pacific White-sided  1 Gray Whale
    Feb 15  100 Pacific White-sided  2 Gray Whales
    Feb 14    30-40 Orcas!!!!! 
    Feb 1310 Bottlenose    3 Gray Whales-2 Northbound
    Feb 10  40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins  4 Gray Whales-1 Northbound
    Feb 9     4 Gray Whales
    Feb 84 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 2815 Bottlenose Dolphins    1 Gray Whale
    Jan 278 Bottlenose Dolphins  14 Risso’s4 Risso’s calves-one
    just 2 days old!
     
    Jan 252 Bottlenose Dolphins2,000 Common Dolphins   6 Gray Whales
    Jan 23     1 Gray Whale
    Jan 22    1 Sunfish1 Gray Whale
    Jan 21 800+ Common Dolphins 36 Risso’s 1 Gray Whale
    Jan 20 12 Common Dolphins   2 Gray Whales
    Jan 196 Bottlenose Dolphins 5 Pacific White-sided Sea lion eating a Jumbo Squid!7 Gray Whales
    Jan 18  40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins  1 Gray Whale
    Jan 178 Bottlenose Dolphins     
    Jan 16 500 Common Dolphins30 Pacific White Sided Dolphins12 Risso’s 1 Gray Whale
    Jan 1512 Bottlenose Dolphins 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 13 Bottlenose    2 Gray Whales

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