Recent advances in passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) technologies have led to development of mobile autonomous platforms for recording marine mammals. These instruments may allow greater spatial and temporal sampling than traditional towed or bottom moored systems. However, comparison of recording abilities of these instruments to traditional methods has yet to be performed. We deployed two types of commercially available platforms at the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE) complex in late December 2015 through early January 2016. The QUEphone, based on the APEX float (Teledyne Webb Research, Falmouth, MA, USA), is a buoyancy driven device capable of descending to 2000 m where it drifts horizontally with the currents. The Seaglider (Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Lynwood, WA, USA) is also buoyancy driven, but dives repeatedly up to 1000 m following a flight path controlled via satellite. We deployed one glider and two floats, each equipped with identical acoustic sensors developed by Oregon State University, sampling at 125 kHz. Each instrument recorded 250-300 hours of data over 13 days. Marine mammal detections included beaked whales, Risso’s dolphins, and fin, blue, and humpback whales. We utilized known marine mammal locations derived from the SCORE hydrophone array to compare PAM capabilities of these novel mobile platforms.