Title graphic Monterey Bay
California's Monterey Bay is one of the world's marine mammal hotspots - 26 different species have been observed there. The shore is characterised by sandy beaches and giant kelp forests, home to seals and sea otters.  But not far offshore, the sea floor of the Bay drops off into the deepest submarine canyon in North America, where deep-water whales and dolphins feed and breed.

I travelled to Monterey Bay in September 2003, and was lucky enough to see 14 species of marine mammal.
Orcas/killer whales
Sea otters
Harbour seals
Humpback whales
Blue whale
California sea lions
Ocean sunfish
Sand dunes and a sunset
List of mammals
Whale weather vane, Monterey

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Orcas/killer whales
Orca or killer whale Orca or killer whale
Orca or killer whale Orca or killer whale
Orca or killer whale Orca or killer whale
Orca or killer whale pod
Sea otters
Sea otter Sea otter
Sea otter Sea otter and gull
Sea otter
Harbour seals
Harbour seal looking at fish
Harbour seal
Harbour seal basking Harbour seals basking

Humpback whales
Humpback whale diving Humpback whale diving
Humpback whale & calf diving
Blue whale
Blue whale diving
California sea lions
The sea lions were numerous, noisy and smelly, and took over every available rock, boat, jetty and picnic table!
California sea lion California sea lion
California sea lions in picnic area
Ocean sunfish
Ocean sunfish
Sand dunes and a sunset
Sand dunes at Ano Nuevo
Sand dunes at Ano Nuevo
Sunset at Monterey beach
Sunset at Monterey Beach
Full list of mammals seen:

Orca/killer whale
Pacific white-sided dolphin
Bottlenose dolphin
Northern rightwhale dolphin
Risso's dolphin
Harbour porpoise
Dall's porpoise
Humpback whale
Blue whale
Fin whale
Sea otter
Harbour seal
Northern elephant seal
California sea lion