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When gray whales migrate between the frigid Arctic and balmy Baja California, veteran captains and San Diego Natural History Museum naturalists tell thrilling tales about their journey and point out other marine mammals and seabirds

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The WHALE REPORT documents the activities and successful sightings of whales, dolphins and sea lions on Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale Watching Cruises in partnership with the San Diego Natural History Museum.

2012-2013 Whale Watching season is in Full Swing with sightings registering "best first week of whale watching ever" according to Hornblower Captains!

2012-2013 Hornblower Whale Watching Report

Dates Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise
4/28/13

1 Fin Whale, Common Dolphins

1000 Common Dolphins

4/27/13

2 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Blue Whale

1 Huge Blue Whale, 1500 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola

4/26/13

Afternoon Cruise Only

2 Gray Whales, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins, 400 Common Dolphins

4/24/13

Afternoon Cruise Only

2 Blue Whales, 500 Bottlenose Dolphins

4/23/13

Afternoon Cruise Only

50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 200 Common Dolphins

4/21/13

1 Blue Whale

1 Fin Whale, 4 Gray Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins

4/20/13

Blue Whales

Blue Whales

4/19/13

1 Fin Whale

2 Blue Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins

4/18/13

No sightings

1 Fin Whale, 500 Common Dolphins

4/17/13

Cruise cancelled due to weather

Several Blue Whales with excellent view, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 50 Common Dolphins

4/16/13

Cruise cancelled due to weather

Cruise cancelled due to weather

4/15/13

1 Fin Whale

Cruise Cancelled due to weather

4/14/13

2 Blue Whales with tail flukes, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins

1 Blue Whale, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Gray Whale, 1000 Common Dolphins

4/13/13

2 Fin Whales Mating, 1000 Pelagic Dolphins

2 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 500 Bottlenose Dolphins

4/12/13

3 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 3000 Common Dolphins

2 Blue Whales, 500 Common Dolphins

4/11/13

1 Fin Whale, 20 Common Dolphins

2 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale

4/10/13

3 Gray Whales

1 Humpback Whale, 500 Common Dolphins

4/9/13

Cancelled due to weather

Cancelled due to weather

4/8/13

Cancelled due to weather

Cancelled due to weather

4/7/13

1 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 500 Palegic Dolphins

2 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1000 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins

4/6/13

2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1 Gray Whale, 500 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins

3 Gray Whales (1 breaching), 1 Mola Mola, 500 Common Dolphins

4/5/13

1 Fin Whale, 500 Common Dolphins

1 Humpback Whale

4/4/13

2 Humpback Whales, 3000 Common Dolphins

2 Fin Whales, 600 Common Dolphins

4/3/13

3 Fin Whales, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins

Group of 7 Gray Whales with great views, 1500 Common Dolphins, 1 Blue Whale

4/2/13

2 Minke Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins

8 Gray Whales, 300 Bottlenose Dolphins

4/1/13

1 Fin Whale, 2 Minke Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 3000 Common Dolphins

5 Gray Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 50 Common Dolphins

3/31/13

Fin Whales and thousands of dolphins, a great show!

3 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, thousands of Dolphins

3/30/13

1 Humpback Whale, 300+ Common Dolphins

1 Mola Mola, 600+ Common Dolphins

3/29/13

1 Fin Whale, 2 Minke Whales

2 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins

3/28/13

5 Gray Whales, 2 breaching Humpback Whales, 200 Common Dolphins

1 Humbpack Whale, 500 Common Dolphins

3/27/13

2 Minke Whales, 1 Gray Whale breatching and 3 more Gray Whales

5 Gray Whales with a spectacular show, 300 Bottlenose Dolphins

3/26/13

6 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins 

2 Minke Whales, 800 White Sided Dolphins

3/25/13

10 Gray Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins

1 Humpback Whale, 1 Menke Whale with great views.  Menke Whale breached and was swimming close to boat

3/24/13

3 Minke Whales came up along the boat, 1 Gray Whale, 600+ Palegic Bottlenose Dolphins

1 Humbpack Whale came right up to the boat with slapping and breaching, great show.  Small mega pod of 3500 Common Dolphins

3/23/13

4 Gray Whales breaching, 2 Minke Whales breaching, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 large Mola Mola, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1000 Common Dolphins

10 Gray Whales with close views, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1000 Common Dolphins

3/22/13

6 Gray Whales, 600 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1000 Common Dolphins

600 Palegic Bottlenose Dolphins, 3 Gray Whales

3/21/13

2 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales

Pod of 3 Gray Whales with great views and another 3 Gray Whales in the distance, 1000+ Common Dolpins

3/20/13

7 Gray Whales, 30+ Common Dolphins

2 Fin Whales, 500 Palegic Bottlenose Dolphins

3/19/13

1 Gray Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins

1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 4 Gray Whales, 400+ Common Dolphins, 20+ Bottlenose Dolphins.  Great shows for the day!

3/18/13

27 total Gray Whales, 1 mom/calf pair, 2 juveniles with excellent views, 50+ Common Dolphins 

1 Humpback Whale with excellent views, 4 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 500+ Common Dolphins, 20+ Bottlenose Dolphins

3/17/13

6 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins

4 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins, 2 humpbacks breaching (at least 30 times), once both whales in the air at the same time, several Aetna poses, fin slaps, tail lobbing, and fluking.  A couple of the flukings were within 100 feet of the boat!

3/16/13

5 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 200 Common Dolphins

8 Gary Whales, 50+ Bottlenose Dolphins

3/15/13

Common Dolphins

3 Gray Whales,   200 Bottlenose Dolphins

3/14/13

3 Gray Whales, 300 Bottlenose Dolphins

1  Humpback whale that breached 20 times, 2 Gray Whales, 300+ Dolphins

3/13/13

1 Fin Whale, 300 Common Dolphins

3 Gray Whales, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin

3/12/13

100 Common Dolphins

1 Gray Whale with tail flukes and good spout, 100+ Common Dolphins

3/11/13

600 Common Dolphins

1 Gray Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins

3/10/13

5 Gray Whales

3 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins

3/7/13

2 Humpback Whales

2 Finback Whales that came right up to the boat, 3 Gray Whales two of them were Mom and Calf

3/6/13

5 Gray Whales with a great show, came right up next to the boat.  1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale

N/A

3/5/13

3 Fin Whales

2 Fin Whales

3/4/13

6 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 200 Common Dolphins

 1 Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, 12 common whales

3/3/13

6 Gray Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 300 Common Dolphins

2 Gray Whales, 7 Fin Whales and 5 Bottle Nose, 500 Common Dolphins

3/2/13

1 Fin Whale, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins, 200 Common Dolphins

2 Fin Whales, 5 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins. Whales came up next to the boat and went under the boat, guests very excited

3/1/13

3 Gray Whales and 1 Fin Whale

2 Finback whales

2/28/13

6 Gray Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins

3 very large Fin Whales and pods of 2 and 3 Gray Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins

2/27/13

1 Gray Whale and scattered dolphins

4 Gray Whales and 600 Common Dolphins

2/26/13

N/A

4 Gray whales

2/25/13

8 Gray Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins

7 Gray Whales and Common Dolphins

2/24/13

1 Gray Whale

2 Gray Whales

2/23/13

40 Bottlenose dolphins, 60 Common Dolphins.  One large Mola Mola.

Bottlenose dolphins.  Two adult Gray whales, One breached four times

2/22/13

N/A

1 Gray Whale and 100 Common Dolphins

2/21/13

1 Gray Whale

2 Gray Whales

2/20/13

5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins

5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins

2/19/13

2 Grays, 2 Humpbacks, 2 Fins

2 Humpbacks

2/18/13

2 Grey Whales and 1000 Common Dolphin

2 Grey whales and 1000 Common Dolphin

2/17/13

2 Grey Whales and 1000 Common Dolphin

2 Grey whales and 1000 Common Dolphin

2/16/13

4 Greys and Dolphins

7 Greys and Dolphins

2/15/13

7 Grey Whales, 7 Dolphins

2 Grey Whales, And 2000 Common Dolphins

2/14/13

Mega Pod of Dolphins

A mom and Calf pair and also 500 Common Dolphins

2/13/13

2 Humpbacks

3 Gray whales and 1 breach White Sided dolphin

2/12/13

2 Gray whales and Humpback whale, 1000 Common dolphin

Humpback whale and 1000 Common dolphin

2/11/13

5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins

3 Gray whales, 200 Common dolphins

2/10/13

2 Gray whales and 200 common dolphin

3 Gray whales, Pacific White Sided dolphins and Common dolphins

2/9/13

2 Finback whales, 2 Humpback whales

4 Gray whales, 2 were mating, one breaching several times. 200 White Sided dolphins, guests saw everything!

2/7/13

1 Gray whale, 2 Humpbacks and dolphins

4 Gray whales, 50 dolphins

2/6/13

2 Gray whales

2 Gray whales

2/5/13

1 Gray whale

1 Gray whale

2/4/13

2500 Common dolphins, 20 Bottlenose dolphins

100 Common dolphins, 3 Gray whales

2/3/13

6 Gray whale adults  breaching, snorkelling and courting. 100 common dolphins

3 Bottlenose dolphins. 6 adults travelling together, and 1 cow calf diving & snorkelling together

2/2/13

6 Adult Gray Whales, with lots of flukes, 100 common dolphins and 6 Bottlenose dolphins.

3 Gray whales and 100+ dolphins

2/1/13

7 Gray whales

3 Finback whales- Great Show! 2 Adults and 1 Baby Finback

1/31/13

1 Gray whale

6 Gray whales

1/30/13

 

11 Grays, stopped at 4 different pairs, 30+ Common dolphins

1/29/13

4 Gray whales

5 Gray whales

1/27/13

3 Finback whales, Came up next to the boat once I got in position as we drifted for over an hour! 2 of the whales mated, and again hang out along side the Adventure Most of the trip. AMAZING EVENT! 150+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins

1 Finback whale, 3 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins

1/26/13

 

6 Gray whales

1/25/13

2 Gray whales and Common dolphins

8 Gray whales, 500 Common dolphins

1/24/13

3 Gray’s-2 Breaches! 30 Common dolphins, 12 Bottle Nose Female & 2 Calf Gray whales!

3 Gray’s, spotted a calf on SD Buoy on the way in for 10-min. came up next to the boat,  Guests were very excited!  150-Common dolphins, a large school of 3000+-Bottle Nose

1/23/13

5 Gray whales, 400 dolphins

5 Gray whales

1/22/13

Pair of Gray whales, lots of tail flukes

Mother and calf, 4 single Gray whales

1/20/13

5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins

5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins

1/19/13

4 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins. Mother and calf whale put on a great show!

6 Grays, one group of 3 put on a nice show. 6000 Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins

1/17/13

4 Gray whales, 50 Common dolphins

8 Gray whales, 2 pair of mother and calf

1/16/13

6 Gray whales, 30+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins

3 Grays in one pack, 1 of which was a newborn. 1 of the females breached. 300+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins. Beginning of trip had 1 Humpback breach 3 times!

1/15/13

pod of 7 Gray whales altogether. 7 tail flukes, 7 blows, several breaches, great show!

6 Gray whales

1/14/13

5 Gray whales, 50 Common dolphins. Lots of tail flukes!

4 Gray whales, including 1 newborn!

1/13/13

6 Gray whales, lots of tail flukes

5 Gray whales

1/12/13

12 Gray whales, great views, tail flukes! 50 Common dolphins

12 Gray whales, 2 breaches! 50 Rizzo's dolphins, a spectacular day!

1/9/13

6 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins, 6 tail flukes and 3 breaches

15-20 Gray whales, 500 dolphins. Lots of tail flukes!

1/8/13

6 Gray whales, 300+ Pacific White Sided dolphins, 80+ Common dolphins, 1 Mola-Mola

Saw spouts everywhere! Got close to 5 Gray whales about 20 Pacific White Sided dolphin.  Lots of tail flukes and 3 breaches from a distance

1/7/13

Several pairs of Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins, 1 Mola-Mola

16 Grays, we were in a pod of 8-9 whales in mating/courtship mode! 3500+ Common dolphins, 250+ Pacific White Sided dolphins

1/6/13

AM trip saw a group of six Gray whales, lots of tail flukes even body rolls. 50 common dolphin

Saw spouts everywhere! Got close to 5 Gray whales about 20 Pacific White Sided dolphin.  Lots of tail flukes and 3 breaches from a distance

1/5/13

43 Gray whales, 1 breach & 3500+ Pacific White Sided dolphins, 250 Common dolphins

7 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins

1/4/13

12 Gray whales

5 Gray whales, saw a mother and calf

1/3/13

17 whales, Mother and Calf pair, 1 whale breached 3 times. A pod of 6 grays came very close to us.A SPECTACULAR DAY.

14 whales! About 200 Common Dolphins as well! Close views, tail flukes and just the best day ever. Our guests had a wonderful experience. Total whales for this day is 31!

1/2/13        

1 Gray whale, 2 Finback whales, Common dolphins

7 Gray whales with multiple tail flukes, Common dolphins

1/1/13        

3 Grays

10 Gray whales all Showing tails, 100 Dolphins.

12/29/12

6 Gray whales

Mother Gray and Calf pair spotted, then 4 more for total of 6 Grays: Rainy, but good whales!

12/18/12

2 Gray whales near the kelp line, and some dolphins

2 Finback whales, and 1 jumping leaping Humpback whale!

12/17/12

5 Gray whales, 1 breach, 6 spy hops! 

6 Finback whales, 1 Humpback whale, tons of Sea Lions on bait barges!

12/15 & 12/16 

Single Gray whale to the south. Got to it, it breached three times, starting a good show. 30+ Bottlenose dolphins in Bay

We saw one single Gray whale.  We saw multiple spouts and 3 or 4 tail flukes, no dolphins

12/11 & 12  

Captain Bill called in another exciting afternoon Whale Watching report. This time he said that 5 Fin Whales hung out with the Adventure Hornblower giving guests great views for over an hour!More pictures to follow!

By far the best whale watching experience so far!! All of the staff were very nice and accommodating, especially seeing as I had a service dog with me, FIVE STARS!

12/10/2012 We had a great trip today - 10 or so fin whales in the morning and  5 or 6 fin whales in the afternoon with 2 humpbacks and on the way in to the dock we saw gray whales in the distance. Common dolphins bow riding a few miles off Point Loma on the way out and 6 bottlenose dolphins in the bay on the way into the dock. What a great season so far - 3 of the four kinds of whales seen off San Diego coast all in the first 5 days of the whale watching season!

Captain Bill Reese just called in an reported a great morning of Whale Watching so far, with 4 huge pregnant female Gray Whales  giving great views to whale watchers and hanging with the Hornblower Ship for a long time this morning. Also hundreds of dolphins were spotted on this calm, warm Santa Anna-condition day.

12/9/2012   Humpback
20,000+ Pacific White Sided dolphins, 150 Common dolphins, 1 Humpback breaching over 19 times for guests!
12/8/2012 Bottlenose dolphins in bay.  Single large Mola Mola. Two Finback whales on the north side of the bank. Single large Brown Booby circling the boat

4-6 scattered Fin Whales feeding, with a single Humpback among them. Humpback breached 19 times with fin slaps

2011-2012 PAST SEASON Whale Watching Report
Dates AM Cruise PM Cruise
4/12/2012   200+ Common dolphins, 100+ Bottlenose dolphins 2 Fin whales, 3 Humpback whales
4/11/2012 3 Gray whales, 1000+ Common dolphins, 1 baby Humpback whale

4 Fin whales, 1 Gray whale

4/9/2012 6 Gray whales, 500 Common dolphins 

2 Humpback whales

4/7/2012

3 adult Gray whales mating; 100 Bottlenose dolphins; 2 Humpback whales in the distance

2 Fin whales - 1 adult, 1 juvenile (juvenile  lunging); 1 Mola Mola; 200 Common dolphins; 200 Bottlenose dolphins

4/6/2012 100+ Bottlenose dolphins, Whale Checks issued to guests to cruise through next season

100+ Bottlenose dolphins, Whale Checks issued to guests to cruise through next season

4/5/2012 High seas, Whale Checks issued to guests to cruise through next season

2 Humpback whales and 30 Common dolphins

4/3/2012 No whales seen- Whale Checks issued to all guests to cruise through next season    

No whales seen- Whale Checks issued to all guests to cruise through next season  

4/2/2012 1 Fin whale, 1 baby Gray whale    

1 Fin whale, 25+ Common dolphins

3/29/2012 5 Gray whales about 5 miles west, 2 Fin whales

 

3/28/2012 1 Fin whale, 800 Common dolphins

 

3/27/2012 1 southbound Gray whale at kelp line, 100 Common dolphins

5 northbound Gray whales at bank, 50 Common dolphins

3/23/2012

4 Gray whales, 2 Fin whales, 1000 Common dolphins

4 Gray whales, 5000 Common dolphins

3/22/2012 5 Fin whales, 1 Gray, 2 dolphins

5 Gray whales

3/20/2012 1 Mother and calf Gray, 3 juvenile Grays, zigzagging, 1 Mola Mola

2 mating small Grays, we had a great 35 minutes observing them right next to the boat, 1 Bottlenose dolphin, 100 Common Dolphins

3/16/2012 3 Gray whales

4 Gray whales

3/15/2012 11 Grays, 150+ Common dolphins

18 Gray whales, 180 Common dolphins

3/14/2012 Mother and calf Gray whale

4 Grays and 3 Humpbacks

3/13/2012 10 Gray whales mating, dolphins

two groups of Gray whales, both mom and calf combos for a total of 6 whales

3/12/2012 Fin whales    

Fin whales

3/11/2012 2 Minke whales, 3 Grays, 6 Bottlenose dolphins

3 Gray whales, 350+ Common dolphins, 3 Bottlenose

3/10/2012 2 Minke whales    

2 Gray whales

3/9/2012 2 Fin whales, 30 Bottlenose dolphins, 50 Common dolphins

2 juvenile Grays, 1000+ Common dolphins, 10 Bottlenose

3/8/2012 7 Gray whales, 2-Minkies & 1-Fin. 2500+ Common Dolphins, 12-Bottle Nose, and 3-Molas

3 Gray whales & 25+ Common Dolphin

3/5/2012 2 fin whales and 30 Risso's dolphins, about 500 common dolphins

 1 Gray and 1 Fin whale

3/3/2012 2000 Common dolphins, and one mom and calf Gray whale

Two Fin whales with a calf, 2000 dolphins again

3/2/2012 3 Gray whales, 1 Minke whale, 1 Fin whale, Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins

2 Gray whales, 30 Risso's dolphins, Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins

3/1/2012 3 Gray whales, one other breaching in the distance. 200+ Commons, 4 bottlenose dolphins

500+ Common dolphins, brief views of pod of 4 Gray whales

2/29/2012 4 Grays, 150+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins

2 Adult Gray whales, 1 Calf, 1 Bottlenose dolphin

2/26/2012 3 Gray whales, 1 Minke whale, 1 Fin whale, Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins

2 Gray whales, 30 Risso's dolphins, Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins

2/25/2012 1 Gray, 2000 Common dolphins, 8 Bottlenose dolphins

3 Gray whales, 2500+ Common dolphins

2/24/2012 1 Minke whale, 1 Fin whale, 500+ Common dolphins

15+ Gray whales, 3 Fin whales, 2 Minke whales, 3000+ Common dolphins

2/21/2012 2 Gray whales, 500 dolphins

3 Fin whales, 500 dolphins

2/20/2012 2000 Common dolphins and 9 north bound Gray whales

2000 Common dolphins, and  14  northbound Gray whales

2/19/2012 2 Fin whales

1 Gray whale headed south, 1500+ Common dolphins

2/18/2012 2 Gray whales and 2 Fins

1000 Common dolphins

2/17/2012 2 Fin Whales, 500 Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins, Sea Lions

4 Gray whales, 4 Bottlenose, Sea Lions

2/16/2012

2 Fin whales, 2000 Common dolphins

2/15/2012 5 Grays 1.5 miles north

1 Gray, 6 Risso's dolphins

2/13/2012

4 Gray whales, 2 very briefly, then 2 more, that were hard to track, but worth the trip.

2/12/2012 3 Gray whales

4 Gray whales, mom and calf, 1 breach

2/9/2012 1 Gray whale, 6 Pacific White Sided dolphin

1 Gray whale, 4 Bottlenose dolphins, Sea Lions

2/7/2012 3 Fin whale + 2 Gray whale

2-Fins  6-Grays (4-Breaches) & 2 North Bound Grays!

2/6/2012 1 Gray whale, lots of Common dolphins (500+)

1 Fin whale, 1 Gray whale, 500+ Common dolphins

2/5/2012 4 Fin whales, 500 dolphins

2-Fins  6-Grays (4-Breaches) & 2 North Bound Grays!

2/4/2012 200 Commons, 1 Gray, 6 Bottlenose. 3 Grays, 6 Bottlenose, 50 Common
2/3/2012 9 Grays, two of them rolling and showing their flukes. Also a megapod of Common Dolphins, always a passenger favorite.

two juvenile Gray whales that got caught between a Navy vessel and another  whale watching boat, one of them breached 8 times in a row! As Captain Bill suggested: to let them know: "I'm here, watch out!"

2/2/2012 5 Grays, 3500+ Common Dolphines, 150+ Risso Dolphins

8 Gray whales, 3 breaches

2/1/2012 9 Gray whales, 150 dolphins

saw 4 Gray whales, lots of tail flukes, 300 common dolphin, great  show!

1/31/2012 Saw an amazing show from 3 Gray whales both morning and afternoon- spy hops, barrel rolls, the works! Dolphins both trips

4 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins

1/29/2012 5 Fin back whales, one Humpback, 100 Risso's dolphins

1500 Common dolphin, 5 Fin whales

1/28/2012 7 Gray whales, 5 breaches in distance, 500 Common dolphin

Gray whales, 500 commons, 10 Fin whales

1/27/2012 2 Gray whales first trip, 2000 Common dolphin

8 Gray whales, flukes, 5 breaches, 25 Common dolphin.

1/26/2012 4 Gray whales, 1 breach

15 whales, a few dolphins, one breach. Guests had a
 great day!

1/25/2012 5 Gray whales that breached 3 times up close! 2 Fin whales, fair views, Sea Lions!

Pod of 2 Gray whales,  2 breaches. 5 more Grays with flukes, Sea Lions.

1/24/2012 6 Fin whales, 5 Gray whales, 1 Humpback whale-- 3 breaches and 5 tail slaps!

4 Fin whales, 12 Gray whales, 6 Pacific White Sided dolphins, 2 Mola-Mola

1/22/2012 5 Risso's dolphins, and another group of 12 Risso's this afternoon that stayed right by the boat for the better part of an hour! 11 adult Grays going south today, and an exceptional show by a group of 9-10 adolescents and juveniles going North. We were about 2 1/2 miles out and followed this group of small,apparently young whales. They stayed really close to each other, and near the surface. The larger ones in the group fluked now and then- but did not stay down long. The smaller ones snorkeled close to the surface - which helped so we could see the small blows! We also 5 Common dolphins, and a Mola Mola!

15-Grays & (9-Grays North Bound) 3.8 miles west of Point Loma,  Followed north bound whales for
1.5 hours.

1/21/2012 6 adult Grays, 1 juvenile.  One adult had half of his fluke missing, he seemed to
be swimming with difficulty.

12 adult Grays and we could see lots of blows in the distance towards Mexico.

1/20/2012 We found 6 Gray whales . Several whales were engaged in mating. There was one whale that actually breached. Several guests saw a sea otter that was hanging out on the kelp. There was also a pod of 20 Risso's dolphin.

9 Gray whales traveling in groups of 2 and 3 whales. We had great flukes and some mating behavior.  We also saw 20 Common dolphin. Great fantastic day!

1/19/2012 1 Bottlenose dolphin in Bay, 500 Common dolphins, South  to border following 5 different Gray whales, lots of flukes

500 Common dolphins, south to border around 7 different Grays, off Point Loma scattered pods of Fin Whales, total of around 15 Fins, up close views of 4.

1/18/2012 6 Gray whales, 500 Common dolphins, Sea Lions

 

1/17/2012 7 Gray whales, no dolphins

14 Gray whales, 1 Gray calf feeding!

1/16/2012 4 Gray whales

 

1/15/2012 had fun! WW1 we saw 7 Gray whales and Common dolphin with Pacific White Sided Dolphins

we had 3 Gray whales and great tail flukes. dolphins as well

1/14/2012 9 adult Gray whales and one juvenile right next to the boat

4 adult Gray whales, 1 cow and calf pair

1/13/2012 Had a blast!!! first trip we saw 6 Gray whales and 200 dolphin

Pod of 6 Gray whales, 9 total…200 dolphins

1/12/2012 4 adult Gray whales going south. About 12 Bottlenose dolphins in the Bay. About 12 Common dolphins. What an exciting, plentiful day! For a long time we had one whale on the port side, and one on the starboard side; the whales took turns blowing and showing their flukes, so no matter which side you were on, you had something to watch. Captain Eric even saw a Spyhop!

Saw 5 southbound adult Gray. Lots of tail flukes and THREE SPYHOPS from the same whale. 4 Bottlenose dolphins in the Bay and 12-15 Common dolphin bow riding.

1/9/2012 Clear 60 degrees, perfect day for whaling! They saw 12 Gray whales.Brown Pelicans, See Lions and gulls were seen

Clear 70 degrees, perfect day for whaling
Gray Whales : 4
We followed 1 Gray whale that was extremely small. We thought it was a yearling that decided to migrate with the older whales. It was on its own, but descriptions sounded like the small one the whalers saw on Jan 6. As far as Dolphins we saw 5 Bottlenose dolphins in the bay as we were outbound. Brown Pelicans, See Lions and gulls were seen.

1/8/2012 11 adult Gray whales (and some blows off in the distance). 1500 Common Dolphins. 2 Bottlenose dolphins inside the entrance of the bay.

6 Gray whales

1/7/2012 Two Gray whales southbound, then pod of 6 or so Gray whales, surrounded by other pods of 2. 10-12 Grays total.  Two more on the way in.

Pod of 2 southbound, then a better pod outside. a few singles in the area.  Bottlenose dolphins riding the bow for a long time in the bay. 2  Breaches in afternoon

1/6/2012 1 Gray whale and followed it ...It was a very small grey maybe born late in the season. It was very small and alone! As far as Dolphins we could have seen 30-50 common dolphins.
Brown Pelicans, See Lions and gulls were seen

We saw 3 Gray whales...
It seems the whale we were following actually changed direction abruptly to avoid the sub.
As far as Dolphins we could have seen 70-200 common dolphins.
Brown Pelicans, Sea Lions and gulls were seen.

1/5/2012 A huge pod of Common Dolphins  (500, or more) both on the way out and on the way back, A total of 8 Gray Whales, seen singly or two together. One breach seen by people in the stearn of the boat. That same whale, or a different one, breached twice in a row right in front of the boat. Towards the very end a fishing boat radioed Captain Bill about a whale that was breaching, and identified it as a Humpback Whale. By the time we got there, we just saw spouts and a tailfluke, but clearly saw that it was a Humpback with the typical dorsal fin. Quite unusual for this time of year, and so close to the Bay.

3 Gray Whales travelling close together; later two of them stayed in one place, rolling over, displaying courtship behavior. (No actual mating observed.)
 
Two more Gray Whales, for a total of 5
 
We again saw (the same?) huge pod of Common Dolphins, bow riding and leaping in the air, sometimes four of them simultaneously.

1/3/2012 Weather: Foggy, Blustery, Once they were out and the fog blew away, they saw 1 Gray whale which they followed. As far as Dolphins we could have seen 50-100 common dolphins. Brown Pelicans, See Lions and gulls were seen

Weather: Sunny, Blustery...A great day for whaling. Gray Whales : 7 or 8. We followed 3 whales that were traveling together. It seemed like 2 males chasing a 3rd female. The were bumping into one another and rolling over. These 3  also  spy hopped together ... As far as Dolphins we could have seen 400-500 common dolphins. The dolphins were very interested in the whales today. Brown Pelicans, See Lions and gulls were seen.

1/2/2012 19 Gray whales-1000 Common dolphins! The morning trip began in heavy fog, but when the fog lifted we were surrounded by whales. 6 right in front of us, several behind us, 14 whales in all, giving our guests the best show ever.

We had a mom and calf pair  then another pair, but the best was a single that breached right by our port side. Over 1000 Common dolphins came to play with us. A wonderful start to the new year!

12/31/2011 Two southbound adults, very visible, good show.  Then two more of the same, then two more, then a single. 30-40 White Sided dolphins, then 300-400 Common dolphins later

Foggy again, then a slight clearing to find two adults, then 300 or so Common dolphins

12/30/2011 4 Gray whales side by side, great show! Lots of dolphins    

8 Gray whales

12/29/2011 2 Gray whales, 1 showed it's flukes several times. Another Gray was seen in distance

 

12/28/2011 7 Southbound Gray whales, 1 cow/calf pair. 200 Common dolphins!    

7 Southbound Gray whales, 1 cow/calf pair

12/27/2011 6 Gray whales, 400 Common dolphins

11Gray whales and 100 Common dolphins

12/26/2011 5 adult Gray whales heading south

Saw Gray whales and 200 Common dolphins

12/25/2011 Fabulous day for whales, with 7 adults, 2 breaches and lots of tail flukes

10 whales, mating and 500 Common dolphins. Saw a feeding frenzy that crew had not witnessed before. Also saw sea lions, pelicans, gulls, cormorants.

12/24/2011 7 Gray whales,200 Common dolphins & a Mola Mola

Fluking adult, mother and calf, couple of helper whales, plus several in distance.

12/23/2011 5 Gray whales, 200 Common dolphins

10 adult grays and one calf, the calf and mother gave guests great views

12/22/2011 10 Gray whales,500 Common dolphins

Gray whales with perfect visibility

12/21/2011 1 Gray whale, 1000+ Common dolphins    

8 Gray whales that breached 5 times! 250+ Common dolphins

12/20/2011 Smooth conditions, 2 Gray whales- Sea Lions on the return trip!
Smooth conditions, 2 Gray whales- Sea Lions on the return trip!
12/19/2011

          

Saw 2 Gray whales, huge pod of 2,000 Common dolphins

12/18/2011

 Mother and calf Gray whale, barely a spout. Saw 300+ Common dolphins    

 

12/17/2011

Saw about 1000 Common dolphins      

Saw 2 Gray whales, 1 close and two off a little further out. About 1,000 dolphins

12/16/2011

2.5 miles offshore, saw a single Gray whale- gave a great show! Lots of dolphins

4 miles South, single Gray whale, lots of tail flukes. Dolphins!

12/15/2011

The morning we had two great beautiful Gray whales that stayed with us, and gave our guests great viewing, also several hundred Common dolphins      

The afternoon was spectacular, we had 6 Gray whales, 4 very close, and two in the distance. One whale we were following did a full breach.  We also have  about  1000  common dolphins.  The morning trip was along the kelp line by Point Loma the afternoon trip took us southbound

12/14/2011

2 Gray whales, large pod of Common dolphins, 3 Bottlenose dolphins in the Bay     

1 Gray whale mother with probably newborn calf. Captain Joe spotted them not because of a spout - they hardly blew at all - but because they left very distinct fluke prints.
As of yesterday, 12/13, the ACS - LA Census in Palos Verdes had not yet listed a mother-calf pair, so this is a first for the season!
... a few Common Dolphins

12/13/2011

Southbound 1 adult Gray      

50 Common dolphins

12/12/2011

2 Southboung adult Gray whales, 2 Common dolphins, 2 Bottlenose dolphins        

Awesome weather, saw a pregnant female Gray whale who stayed by the boat the whole afternoon. Gave the guests a thrill!

12/11/2011

2 Southbound Gray whales and 150 dolphins    

150 Common dolphins

12/10/2011

First trip of the season! 300-400 scattered Common dolphins all day

Whalers from the Nat