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Monterey Bay Whale Watch is a whale-watching company in Monterey Bay, California ( that was started in 19__ by Nancy Black and Richard Ternullo. Nancy is a marine mammalogist with an M.S. from San Francisco State/Moss Landing Marin Labs having done her research on the ecology of Pacific white-sided dolphins. Since graduating she has used her whale-watching tours as "platforms of opportunity" to conduct further scientific research on humpback and blue whales and other cetaceans of Monterey Bay. She has particularly been fascinated by orcas(aka "killer whales") , and has done extensive and intensive research on their ecology in Monterey.

The orcas usually seen in Monterey Bay are "Transients", also known as "mammal-eating orcas", an ecotype genetically and behaviorally very different than the "Resident" (fish-eating) orcas studied in Puget Sound. Nancy has become one of the world's scientific experts on transient orcas, and helped discover and describe a third ecotype of orca known as "offshore orcas". She and Alisa Schulman-Janiger also created and are updating a photo ID catalog of all the orcas seen off the California coast, identifying most of the individuals to a specific matriline.

The purpose of this group is to feature photos taken on whale-watching or research trips with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, and to include discussions about their past and ongoing research.

Monterey Bay Whale Watch is unique among the whale watching operations on the west coast in its dedication to advancing the scientific knowledge about all whales and dolphins. We think they are a great company to go whale-watching with. They offer daily trips year around and are very affordable. Go whale-watching then post your photos!

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