Whale Watching Report for December 14 – Present
Gray Whale Season on Hornblower Cruises & Events, San Diego, CA.
|Date||Morning Cruise||Afternoon Cruise||Notes|
|4/26/2015||Canceled due to high seas||N/A||N/A|
|4/25/2015||2 Finback Whales, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||N/A||AM: Today we sailed up on two Finback Whales and also 200 Common Dolphins.|
|4/24/2015||2 Finback Whales Spotted!||N/A||AM: This trip we saw 2 Finback Whales coming right up to the boat they put on a very good show. Lots of krill were in the water around us which enticed the whales to surface around us.|
|4/23/2015||3 Finback Whales Spotted!||N/A||AM: We cruised up on 3 Finback Whales and two of which came very close to the boat on the port side near the bow.|
|4/22/2015||50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 150 Common Dolphins Spotted!||N/A||AM: We came across 150 Common Dolphins and50 Bottlenose Dolphins. No whales spotted so whale checks were handed out to all guests.|
|4/21/2015||50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||N/A||AM: This morning we came across no whales but we did discover 50 Common Dolphins. We handed every guest whale checks because of the lack of sightings.|
|4/20/2015||3 Gray Whales, 100 Common Dolphins Spotted!||N/A||AM: This trip we saw a Grey Whale mother and her two calves. We also stumbled upon about 100 CommonDolphins.|
|4/19/2015||1 Fin Whale, 2000 Common Dolphins Spotted!||1 Fin Whale, Whale Checks Handed Out||Today’s cruises had guests from Italy, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Michigan, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Massachusetts…to name a few places
Both the morning and afternoon cruises had Captain Chad taking us out to the Fin Whales.
AM: The morning whale spent a lot of time with the passengers giving them some great views.
PM: The afternoon was a different story…saw blows, but not able to get close for some good sightings.
2 Fin Whales, 100 Common Dolphins, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!
50 Common Dolphins, Whale Checks Handed Out
|AM: The morning cruise brought us beautiful calm seas along with plenty of sunshine. The first cetaceans that the passengers got to see were 4 Bottlenose Dolphins inside the bay. We encountered ~100 Common Dolphins, who delighted passengers! As we reached 10-12 miles offshore, 2 Fin whales were spotted. Both were somewhat elusive, but passengers got some good views of their immense size and tall spouts. A harbor seal and a Mola-Mola were also seen by a few passengers.
PM: The afternoon cruise was equally beautiful, but with a little bit more wind. This didn’t stop us from seeing the marine life! We had a couple groups of Common Dolphins (approximately 50 individuals). One passenger thought he had seen a shark; but it was identified as a large Mola-Mola. Then we were blessed with a sighting of a pod of ~ 25 offshore Bottlenose Dolphins- amongst the group was none other than ‘PATCHES’! Patches is a Bottlenose Dolphin that has a condition called “Leucism”; where there is partial loss of pigmentation- resulting in white, pale or patchy coloration of the skin. A few passengers only saw a glimpse of a distant Fin Whale, so those on board the cruise received whale checks; giving them an opportunity to come back out on a cruise with Hornblower.
|4/17/2015||1 Humpback Whale, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||1 Fin Whale, Whale Checks Handed Out||AM: On the morning cruise, we were lucky to see a Humpback Whale and a pod of 200 Common Dolphins.
PM: For the afternoon, we spotted an elusive Fin Whale that kept his distance.
|4/16/2015||3 Fin Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins Spotted!||1 Humpback Whale, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||Once again we motored out to the deeper water in search of whales and once again we found them! In the morning there were 3 Fin Whales and maybe we had a brief view of one of them in the afternoon. In addition, we found a Humpback which was heading north and finally came up to give us a good view of its distinctive dorsal fin then its fluke. The morning cruise had more common dolphins than the afternoon but everyone saw both the baleen whales and the dolphins.|
|4/15/2015||1 Fin Whale, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||3 Fin Whales, 50 Common Dolphins, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||AM: 1 Fin Whale and a few Bottlenose Dolphins were seen.
PM: 3 Fin Whales, and several pods of dolphins, 50 Common Dolphings and 8 Bottlenose Dolphins.
4 Fin Whales, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!
3 Gray Whales Spotted!
|AM: Lovely morning out on the boat. Out by the 9-mile bank, we saw a total of 4 Fin Whales, two coming close to the boat for a spectacular look at their dorsal fin, and hearing their blows. About 50 Common Dolphins were spotted as well. Observed a sea lion hunting a sea gull for breakfast.
PM: We were very fortunate to spend some time with a single adult accompanying a mother and calf pair of gray whales very close to shore. There was a moment of concern as it looked like the 3 Gray Whales were entering into San Diego Bay! Fortunately, they skirted the boats and buoys and headed around toward Point Loma. The mother and calf headed towards the kelp beds, but the other Gray Whale branched off and headed further out west.
|4/13/2015||5 Fin Whales, 70 Common Dolphins Spotted!||5 Fin Whales, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: 5 Fin Whales and a pod of around 70 Common Dolphins.
PM: 5 Fin Whales and a pod of around 50 Common Dolphins.
|4/12/2015||Whale Checks Handed Out||Whale Checks Handed Out||AM: Beautiful weather with 2-4 ft swells. We saw 1 Finback Whale only once but couldn’t get a great look at it before it was time to go.
PM: Beautiful weather but swells were 4ft and up. We saw no whales but over 300 Common Dolphins. On the way back, we saw a sea lion going through the motions and killing and eating a sting ray.
|4/11/2015||1 Fin Whale, 10 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, 1000 Common Dolphins Spotted!||1 Gray Whale, 10 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, 100 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Beautiful sunny day …fairly calm. Small pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphin feeding. A small pod of Common Dolphins visited the boat briefly riding the bow wave. Then later a megapod of Common Dolphin…around 1000! We stayed with them a while as they jumped and performed and rode the bow wave. Babies as well! The water was churning with the dolphins. Just before we returned, we saw a Fin Whale surface a couple of times.
PM: Great day…fairly calm. We saw the 10 Pacific White Sided Dolphins…Then we saw the blows of the elusive Fin Whale, but they disappeared. Then 100 Common Dolphin. As we returned, we saw a baby Gray on its own, just a glimpse of this baby but never saw the mom… And to welcome us back to San Diego Harbor, we were met by about 10 Bottlenose Dolphin. Lots of Pelicans and Sea lions today!
|4/10/2015||3 Finback Whales, 100+ Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||4 Finback Whales, 100+ Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||Fantastic time today on the Hornblower….the cruises (both morning and afternoon) were like “identical twins” as far as sightings go. Captain Jules took us way out to the 9-mile bank and beyond where we saw offshore Bottlenose Dolphins who enjoyed bowriding with us. Among the pod was “Patches”…, I (along with several others) had not seen a dolphin like this before, so it made for exciting trips in the morning and afternoon. We also were lucky enough to get good views of 3-4 Fin Whales who were around for both cruises….one time they came very close to the boat and surprised us with their giant exhale! They swam under the boat a couple of times….always makes things a bit more interesting.
We had passengers from Denmark, Germany, Latvia….also Minnesota, Mississippi, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio….all telling us that we are so lucky to live here…and we truly are..and like every trip we take out there, you never know what you will see. Unfortunately the northbound gray whales were nowhere to be seen today…
As we headed back to the harbor, we encountered a few Common Dolphins….they always make the day special.
|4/9/2015||1 Bryde’s Whale, 100 Common Dolphins Spotted!||1 Bryde’s Whale, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: 1 Fin Whale* and 100 Common Dolphins Spotted
PM: 1 Fin Whale* and 50 Common Dolphins Spotted
*After further research, the Captain discovered that the “Fin Whale” spotted earlier in the day was actually a rare Bryde’s Whale, similar in appearance to a Blue Whale.
|4/8/2015||2 Humpback Whales, Two Fin Whales, 250+ Common Dolphins Spotted!||1 Gray Whale, 35 Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Two humpback whales seen 10 miles out came close to the boat and one showed its fluke on each dive. Two hundred-fifty Common Dolphins played with the boat’s bow and stern waves. Two fin whales were seen in the distance, as well as one very tall blow (possible blue).
PM: The cruise began with 5 Bottlenose Dolphins porpoising in the bay. Just as we left the bay and entered the ocean, we spotted the blows of a Gray Whale. Looked to be the size of a juvenile and undecided about going north or south. Out off the coast we were joined by 25-30 Common Dolphins giving everyone some good looks as they rode our wake.
|4/7/2015||1 Fin Whale, 25 Common Dolphins Spotted!||Whale Checks Handed Out||AM: 1 fin whale, 25 common Dolphins. A friendly fin came close to boat. Also, there were 25 common Dolphins bow and stern wave riding!
PM: Beautiful sunny afternoon cruise but the whales were elusive.
|4/6/2015||1 Gray Whale, 100 Common Dolphins Spotted!||3 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale Spotted!||AM: We saw 1 Gray Whale and over 100 Common Dolphins.
PM: We saw 3 Fin Whales and 1 Humpback Whale.
|4/5/2015||2 Fin Whales Spotted!||1 Humpback Whale Spotted!||AM: We went 10 miles out to sea and saw two Fin Whales. One of them kept circling the boat. Two separate small pods of Common Dolphins interacted with the boat riding the wake in front of the bow.
PM: We came upon a Humpback Whale engaged in several tail slaps. This continued until we were closer and we were able to observe it for a solid hour during which time we experienced two different breaches by this very energetic whale.
|4/4/2015||200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||400 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: This morning we had a lot of passengers here on spring break and for the Easter weekend. We had people from Germany, England, Chicago, Michigan, Arizona, New York, and Alabama. We came up upon about 200 Common Dolphins feeding.
PM: The sun was shining bright. We had heard of the dolphin sighting on the morning cruise and were hoping to find them on the afternoon cruise. At one point the boat was surrounded by about 400 Common Dolphins. Everybody had great joy as we watched the dolphins jump and play all around us. It was truly a fun day out in the ocean.
|4/3/2015||Fin Whale, 1 Humpback Whale, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins, and 20 Common Dolphins Spotted!||200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: We saw a Fin Whale, a Humpback Whale, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins, and 20 Common Dolphins during this action filled cruise.
PM: The sun was soaking on us as we were entertained by 200 Common Dolphins as we cruised the blue waters.
|4/2/2015||Canceled due to high seas||Canceled due to high seas||N/A|
|4/1/2015||Whale Checks Handed Out||Canceled due to high seas||N/A|
|3/31/2015||2 Humpback Whales Spotted!||A Humpback Whale, 60 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: We spotted two Humpback Whales on this beautiful morning trip.
PM: We saw one Humpback Whale breach 4 times close to the boat. It was a true sight to see. We then spotted 60 Common Dolphins on the way back to the dock.
|3/30/2015||2 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||Humpback Whale, Finback Whale, Mola-mola Spotted!||AM: Bright sunny day on the ocean! We were greeted by at least 200 energetic Common Dolphins! Quite a sight and very playful! About 10 miles out we found 2 Gray whales heading North. They were close enough to see their mottled gray color and their barnacles.
PM: This afternoon around 11 miles out, we found a Humpback Whale and a Finback Whale and a large Mola-mola (Sun Fish) which we rarely see! Another wonderful day on the ocean!!
|3/29/2015||2 Fin Whales, 500 Common Dolphins Spotted!||2 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Passengers were delighted to see a mega-pod of common dolphins! Two fin whales were spotted. We saw many seabirds, including two brown boobies.
PM: Two gray whales were spotted heading north about 5 miles out to sea. Three more whales were spotted but were too far from the boat to identify them; a single whale and then two further North, spouting in tandem. To top it off we saw 500+ Common Dolphins.
|3/28/2015||1 Gray Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 100 Common Dolphins Spotted!||400 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Today was a morning filled with anticipation. The passengers were ready to head out to sea. And what a great surprise, just as we were coming out of the bay, into the ocean, there was a northbound gray whale! We stayed with him for a while and decided to head out further into the ocean. To everyone’s delight, there were about 100 playful common dolphins. After playing with the dolphins we decided to head out to the nine mile bank. And we came across a great big Fin Whale. It was a great morning on the water!
PM: The harbor looked so beautiful with the sun shining bright. We had passengers from China, Mexico City, England, South Korea, and from lots of different states around the country. We saw splashes in the distance. As we got closer, the numbers grew and we are estimating there were at least 400 Common Dolphins!!! They were jumping and splashing and just having a wonderful time. These dolphins brought great joy and smiles to our passengers.
|3/27/2015||1 Fin Whale Spotted!||2 Humpback Whales Spotted!||AM: On this gorgeous sunny day we came across one Fin Whale, they are a magnificent looking creatures.
PM: It’s always great when you get to see 2 Humpback Whales in one day. What a sight to see!
|3/26/2015||1 Humpback Whale, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||3 Gray Whales, 1 Mola Mola, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: We set our eyes upon one humpback whale and 200 common dolphins.
PM: Lots of marine life this afternoon. First we saw three gray whales snorkeling and fluking on their journey north, 1 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish), and 1 sea lion who had caught himself a big fish! On the trip back, 200 Common Dolphins appeared on all sides of the boat – jumping and racing through the water.
|3/25/2015||Canceled due to high seas||Canceled due to high seas||N/A|
|3/24/2015||Canceled due to high seas||2 Gray Whales, 250 Common Dolphins Spotted!||PM: It was a beautiful day for breaching! And it happened immediately… twice! This one 25 foot gray played at the surface. We were able to see about 250 Common Dolphins playing and fishing at about 8 miles out, and we saw many silly and curious sea lions and all the birds feeding…pelican, gull, and cormorant.|
|3/23/2015||1 Humpback Whale, 3 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||2 Gray Whales, 15 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: We came across 1 Humpback Whale and 3 Gray Whale sightings. After that we spotted 500+ Common Dolphins and 10 Bottlenose Dolphins! Very successful whale watching cruise!
PM: We first saw 2 Gray Whales and followed by 15 Common Dolphins! It was a fun day!
|3/22/2015||2 Minke Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 3 Gray Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins Spotted!||3 Gray Whales, Small Pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Fantastic day on the ocean. First we were entertained by two Minke whales which came close to the boat. Next, we watched Common dolphins and a Humpback that gave us beautiful tail shots. Next, we encountered another large pod of Common dolphins and many calves feeding on bait fish. On the way in back to the dock, we came upon two Gray whales 3 with a calf. What a day!!!!
PM: Afternoon Delight! The boat observed Gray whales demonstrating mating behavior with 2 sometimes 3 whales. Lots of graceful rolling, their heads popping out of the water. So many times we saw their tale flukes upright and vertical in ballet form. In the second half of the cruise, while the mating was going on, a small pod of Pacific White Sided dolphins showed up to view the mating ritual. We were drifting almost the whole time while we enjoyed the very lengthy coupling. It was a rare sight to see a mating ritual for almost the entire cruise. We were only about 1.5 miles off of Pt. Loma!
|3/21/2015||5 Gray Whales, 200 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||4 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales Spotted!||AM: On the morning Hornblower cruise, the guests first saw a pair of juvenile Gray Whales that were somewhat shy. Captain Nick brought the boat further out to discover 70 or more Bottlenose Dolphins playing by another pair of Gray Whales. When the boat returned towards the bay, a different Gray Whale decided to breach to the delight of the guests.
PM: On the afternoon cruise, two more pairs of juvenile Gray Whales were spotted, and to the enjoyment of the guests Captain Nick found a pair of Humpback Whales that displayed magnificent tail flukes that many people were able to photograph.
|3/20/2015||8 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||5 Gray Whales, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: 91 Guests spotted 8 Gray Whales and 200 Common Dolphins spotted.
PM: 171 Guests. We spotted 5 Gray Whales and 50 Common Dolphins.
|3/19/2015||4 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||6 Gray Whales, 75 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM cruise: This morning we saw 4 north bound very large adult gray whales and 200 dolphins!
PM cruise: We saw 2 juvenile Gray Whales going north, then 75 Common Dolphins, and 4 adult Gray Whales heading north. At the end of the journey, in the Bay we encountered an outgoing submarine.
|3/18/2015||9 Gray Whales & 22 Common Dolphins Spotted!||PM: We saw 9 Gray whales and 22 Common Dolphins.|
|3/17/2015||9 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins Spotted!||3 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM trip: We saw one group of 4 Gray whales and then a group of 5 Grey whales topped it off with a pod of 500 plus dolphins.
PM trip: It was a lot tougher, we saw 3 pairs of grey whales but they were pretty shy. We made the best of what we had and we were able to find those 500 commons again so that was good.
|3/16/2015||5 Gray Whales, 20-40 Common Dolphins, 10 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||3 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 10 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM Cruise: Beautiful warm and calm. Saw 5 Grays including Northbound pair exhibiting mating behavior. One young one (juvie, small but covered with barnacles) popped up right next to the boat as we were coming in. The water was like glass, we saw the entire body. Incredible view! Surprised even Nick, the captain. Lots of common dolphins in small pods 20-40 and another small pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphins.
PM cruise: Frustrating beginning, but ultimately successful with the sighting of 3 juvenile Gray Whales northbound just as we were going in to the harbor. Could only watch for a few minutes as we were late. The captain (and Jim) saw a Minke Whale. It never surfaced for the rest to see
|3/15/2015||6 Gray Whales, 25 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, 25 Common Dolphins, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||4 Gray Whales, 20 Risso Dolphins Spotted!||AM Cruise: 6 Northbound Grays = two breaches, rolling with show of pectoral fins – possible mating25 Pacific White Sided dolphins
25 common dolphins
4 Bottlenose dolphins in bay
PM Cruise: Saw 4 adult Northbound Grays – 5 breaches, fluking, rolling and showing pectoral fins, possible mating, 20 Risso Dolphins.
|3/14/2015||6 Gray Whales, 40 Common Dolphins Spotted!||10 Gray Whales, 300 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: 6 Gray Whales, 40 Common Dolphins.
PM: 10 Gray Whales, 300 Common Dolphins.
|3/13/2015||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Saw 5 Gray Whales
PM: Saw 7 Gray Whales
|3/12/2015||10 Gray Whales, 6 Common Dolphins, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||2 Gray Whales, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||AM Cruise: 10 Gray Whales, 6 Common Dolphins, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins
PM Cruise: 2 Gray Whales, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins
|3/11/2015||3 Gray Whales||6 Gray Whales||AM Cruise: It was a beautiful day for breaching! All the wonderful normal marine life was seen.PM Cruise: We had a great number of happy people on the afternoon trip. Many people were there because of the cold and storms back East. They were very thankful to have such a nice day for the whale watch. Again, the captain knows that because of the now Northern migration of the gray whale, many of the whales tend to go out to the 9 mile bank…
So off we went West to the continental shelf 9 miles out. We were able to see Common Dolphins, Pacific White sided Dolphin, 2 gray whales, a many silly and curious sea lions.
A special moment was when we came upon 3 gray whales in courtship behavior. It is also called a competition.
The whales did breach and twist and turn over each other in their own dance to impress the female. At least 2 of them breached about 4 times, with some spy hopping and again spinning over each other and not seeming too aggressive.
We stayed with them for 20-30 minutes. It is 2 males romancing the same female. The children got to do the whale rubbings to take with them.
Returning safe and sound, the people all seemed to enjoy this trip…
|3/10/2015||5 Gray Whales, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||50 False Killer Whales Spotted!||AM: 5 Gray Whales, 50 Commons Dolphins
PM: Pod of 50 False Killer Whales
|3/9/2015||4 Gray Whales, 20 Common Dolphins Spotted!||2 Gray Whales, 2 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM trip: Saw four gray whales and a large pod of common dolphins.
PM trip: Saw two gray whales and a few dolphins.
|3/8/2015||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM Cruise: It was a beautiful day with calm seas and plenty of sunshine. We just knew it was going to be a good day for whales. Once we got out into the ocean, right away we spotted 2 Gray whales heading south. Then shortly after that we started spotting whales heading north. We saw two groups of 3 whales exhibiting courtship behavior. Then we were greeted with 2 more Gray whales. It was a great morning on the water!
PM Cruise: As the passengers lined up to get on the boat there was excitement in the air. Everybody came to see whales! As we headed out to the ocean we did not see any south bound whales and Captain told us that he was going to head to the 9 mile bank and look for some north bound Gray whales. Once we got to the nine mile bank he slowed the boat down so we all could take a good look all around the boat. We ended up going to a little further out and then at mile 11, we spotted 2 north bound Gray whales. Then we looked to our right and then there were 2 more Gray whales and the passengers were thrilled. Many thanks to the captain who worked hard to find us those beautiful whales.
|3/7/2015||3 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins & 20 Bottlenose!||7 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale & 100+ Common Dolphins!||AM Cruise: Wonderful cruise! We followed 3 Gray Whales who put on a nice show. Also saw 50+ common dolphins and 20 playful Bottlenose dolphins. Bonus was an appearance from a Humpback!
PM Cruise: Another great show this afternoon. 7 Gray Whales and another Humpback! Also hundreds of common dolphins.
|3/6/2015||8 Gray Whales & lots of Common Dolphin!||8 Gray Whales & 100+ Common Dolphins!||AM Cruise: We found 8 Gray whales and lots of common dolphins.
PM Cruise: Similar cruise to morning with 8 Gray whales and over 100+ common dolphins!!
|3/5/2015||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM Cruise: 4 Gray whales going north and 1 cow/calf pair! All whales were snorkeling.
PM Cruise: 6 Gray whales traveling together heading north. 2 whales heading south. Lots of flukes and blows!
|3/4/2015||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales, 15 Pacific White Sided Dolphins & 25 Pilot Whales!||AM Cruise: Spotted 6 Gray whales
PM Cruise: 4 Gray whales, 15 Pacific White Sided dolphins and 25 Pilot whales.
|3/3/2015||4 Gray Whales & 8 Bottlenose Dolphins!||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM Cruise: Followed 3 adult Gray whales and 1 calf. Then came across 8 Bottlenose dolphins playing.
PM Cruise: Followed 3 Gray whales heading north bound, then later a group of 5 going south bound.
|3/2/2015||3 Gray Whales Spotted!||3 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM Cruise: 3 Gray whales traveling together. Put on a good show for a while, then disappeared.
PM Cruise: Came across a pair and a single Gray whale, all deep diving and remained a little elusive.
|3/1/2015||2 Gray Whales Spotted!||3 Gray Whales & 2 Fin Whales Spotted!||AM: The weather was foggy, but still spotted two single Gray whales right off the coast of Point Loma.
PM: Just eight miles off the coast of Point Loma, there were two single Fin whales along with three Gray whales.
|2/28/2015||Cruise Cancelled due to rough seas||Cruise Cancelled due to rough seas|
|2/27/2015||6 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins Spotted!||3 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: The morning trip we saw a group of six Gray whales with great views and a large pod of common dolphins on the way in.
PM: The trip was a little rougher out at sea, but we saw a pair of Gray whales. A mother and calf, and a few dolphins mixed in, and then one more single on the way in.
|2/26/2015||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||6 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Passengers from Denmark, Israel, Maine, Louisiana, Indiana, and San Diego. Saw a total of 6 Gray whales meandering south bound with no real pattern to their blows.
PM: While passing Point Loma, leaving the Bay, our first encounter was a submarine coming in. Shortly afterwards we spotted blows in the distance and motored over to discover 2 Gray whales heading south. Next was a group of 3 rolling around, possibly mating behavior. In addition there were approximately 200 Pacific White Sided dolphins, and 1 Gray whale heading north.
|2/25/2015||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales, Turtle, & Risso Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Beautiful day with a calm ocean. Saw 7 Gray whales and followed 3 going south bound. One came up and did a Spy Hop. We saw several blows in the distance throughout the morning. At one time there were whale blows in every direction around the boat.
PM: Beautiful day on the Ocean. Some passengers saw a small turtle swimming off the kelp beds. We followed 2 south bound Gray whales and 2 north bound Gray whales. The highlight of the day was when we got into a pod of Risso Dolphins doing their synchronized swimming all around the boat. There were about 30 – 40 of them.
|2/24/2015||6 Gray whales & Common Dolphins Spotted!||4 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Guests enjoyed watching 6 Gray whales and a few common dolphins. We had several international visitors from all over the world including Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Venezuela.
PM: Followed 2 Gray whales heading south together with great blows and showing lots of tale flukes several times. They were spooked by a Coast Guard Cutter so we left them and searched for more along the Kelp Bed and found 2 north bound Gray whales exhibiting mating behavior with Pectoral fins out of the water and lots of rolling together. We had a few common dolphins join us along the way.
|2/23/2015||7 Gray Whales & Sea Lions Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Beautiful sunny morning with excellent viability. Saw 7 Gray whales. Two were north bound and the other five were south bound. No dolphins but saw several sea lions out for a swim heading west.
PM: Saw 4 Gray whales. Two were juveniles heading north and two were adults heading south. A beautiful day with good visibility.
|2/22/2015||1 Humpback Whale & Common Dolphins Spotted!||Issued Whale Checks||AM: The guests were very pleased on the morning cruise. Four miles off the coast of Point Loma there was a Humpback whale putting on a show. Over 30 tail slaps and over 40 breaches were seen! There were also hundreds of common dolphins on the way in.
PM: Could not see the whales due to wind and rain. Issued whale checks.
|2/21/2015||2 Gray Whales & 1 Humpback Whale Spotted!||2 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: The morning was clear and brisk. As we headed out, just miles off of Point Loma, there were two Gray whales. In the distance, there was also one Humpback whale!
PM: Great afternoon weather. Ended the cruise with seeing two Gray whales.
|2/20/2015||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||6 Gray Whales & Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||AM: The cruise was delightful. Saw four south bound Gray whales along with two Gray whales heading north bound.
PM: Good size crowd. We had the third grade class form Evans Elementary School in La Jolla. They were studying a unit on whales. Kids and parents had a great day. We bumped into a group of 5-6 southbound Gray whales just as we were leaving the bay. Tracked them south for about 45 minutes. We turned north west and headed out up the coast. Saw a couple of small groups of Pacific White Sided dolphins. Great day warm sun calm seas.
|2/19/2015||7 Gray Whales & 1 Humpback Whale Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Was an exciting trip with lots of sightings of Gray whales. The highlight of the morning was a Humpback whale!
PM: Several Gray whales were seen in the distance and guests had many opportunities in taking pictures. Hundreds of common dolphins were spotted.
|2/18/2015||3 Gray Whales Spotted & 50 Pacific White Side dolphins!||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Fabulous whale watching. Two whales were breaching, spy-hopping & rolling for almost an hour. A third smaller whale came closer to the boat and left. A pod of about 50 Pacific White Side dolphins were jumping alongside the boat and a few played in the bow wave.
PM: Cruise started slow, however Captain Nick persevered. We found 4 Whales south bound and later 3 Whales north bound. Over one hundred passenger with many kids. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon. Special thanks to Captain Nick.
|2/17/2015||4 Gray Whales Spotted, 25 Pacific White Sided Dolphins & 15 Common Dolphins !||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Four southbound Gray whales were seen with one breach. 25 Pacific White Sided dolphins and 15 common dolphins on the trip.
PM: Cruise observed various sea lions resting on the buoys and about 12 Bottle Nosed dolphins as we cruised out of San Diego Bay. About 1-2 miles out of the bay we observed two pairs of Gray southbound whales. Also a pod of about 100 common feeding dolphins. The ship then repositioned about 5-6 miles NW and observed another pair of south bound whales and 4 NORTH BOUND whales. About 15 separate blows were seen in this area that was 1-3 miles from our ship. On the way back in we saw 3 Pacific White Sided dolphins.
|2/16/2015||2 Gray Whales & 15 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||6 Gray Whales Spotted & 100 common dolphins!||AM: Cruise was a bit overcast but an overall exciting day. Two Gray whales were seen along with a pod of 15 pacific white sided dolphins.
PM: Saw six Gray whales, and a total of 100 common dolphins.
|2/15/2015||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||2 Gray Whales Spotted & 20 common dolphins!||AM cruise: Beautiful weather and calm, glassy ocean. 5 Gray whales, while traveling south, came close to the boat for a great sighting. We was a group of 15-20 Pacific White sided dolphins. A single humpback whale was sited, as we drew closer, this whale gave us a great view of body and flukes multiple times.
PM cruise: Baby Gray whale and adult female separated and searching for each other. 20 common dolphins sighted and one active humpback whale. Did some whale spotting in a fog bank.
|2/14/2015||2 Gray Whales Spotted & 20 Pacific White Sided dolphins Spotted!||1 Humpback Whale Spotted!||AM: There were two Gray whales that did lots of flukes! 100 common dolphins, 20 Pacific White Sided dolphins, and 6 bottlenose dolphins were seen!
PM: Saw 1 Humpback whale! Ton of fin slaps flukes and rolls. Another Spectacular show!
|2/13/2015||10 Gray Whales & 200 Common Dolphin Spotted!||6 Gray Whales & 20 Common Dolphin Spotted!||AM: This trip had 209 guests, we saw 10 Gray whales and 200 common dolphin.
PM: This trip had 193 guests, we saw 6 Gray whales and 20 common dolphin. Both trips were excellent and it was a great day on board.
|2/12/2015||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Crew spotted one Gray Whale on the way south, and five more up north off pacific beach.
PM: Cruise followed a pair south to the boarder and then turned to the north. An hour and a half and nothing. We turned south from pacific beach and headed home. Just as we got to SD1 two whales were spotted and we followed them a little way south. Suddenly one of the whales decides to give us a show. It breached four times within a couple of minutes! A couple of the passengers got real good pictures!
Great day, great weather, calm seas!
|2/11/2015||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||6 Gray Whales & 10-20 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Bottlenose dolphins, Pod of 2 juveniles by buoy 1. Then, another pod of 2 by kelp. Three more pods of 2 sighted while we were inbound. 10 total.
PM: was lots of scattered singles. 10-20 White side dolphins. 2 breaches from whales. Total of 6 whales.
|2/10/2015||Cancelled due to rough seas||Cancelled due to rough seas|
|2/9/2015||Cancelled due to rough seas||Cancelled due to rough seas|
|2/8/2015||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM cruise: just four miles off the coast of Point Loma, we spotted a pod of 5 Gray whales! It was quite the show, with the Grays flukes.PM cruise: Just three miles off the coast, there was a pod of three Gray whales, plus an additional single.|
|2/7/2015||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: This was a special day to be out on the water. Passengers, crew and the naturalists were given a treat from a Gray whale… who breached 7 times! This whale showed interest in the boat and didn’t mind giving us a close view of one of his/her breaches! We also saw 2 other breaches from 2 different whales. The total number of Grays sighted in the morning were 7 whales (all heading south)- not counting all the blows in the distance. We also got glimpses of 4 brown booby birds.
PM: During the afternoon cruise, the seas were somewhat rough, but Captain Nick did not have any problems spotting whales. We saw a total of 8 adult Gray whales (all heading south). One of the whales breached 2 times and tail ‘slapped’ a couple of times.
|2/6/2015||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM cruise: It was foggy, but lightened up half way though. We had come across some Pacific White Sided dolphins and ended up seeing 8 Gray whales on the trip!
PM: Cruise was beautiful. We saw a total of eight Gray whales off the coast of Point Loma.
|2/5/2015||15 Gray Whales Spotted!||15 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM trip: was a sight to see with over a dozen whales. We had the opportunity to see many breaches, as well as bottlenose dolphins!
PM trip: was a delight as well. There were also over a dozen whales and Pacific White Sided dolphins.
|2/4/2015||3 Gray Whales Spotted!||2 Gray Whales and 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: It started out very overcast but conditions gradually improved. Cruised generally northward. Finally found whales around 10:45. One whale swam very close to the ship, crossed right under the bow. Last sighting was two Grays behind us. Highlight of the trip: two synchronized breaches!!
PM: We started the afternoon cruise with 50 feeding common dolphins. Then we saw 2 single southbound Gray whales.
|2/3/2015||Cancelled due to Fog||12 Gray Whales & 50 plus Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||AM trip: we were fogged out and had to cancel.
PM: In the afternoon trip, the fog lifted very nicely and we saw a group of 9 Gray whales, a pair, and a single for 12 whales’ total! One humpback was seen at the end of the trip and got some really nice looks at it real close up. A great end to a wonderful trip complete with 50 plus bottlenose bow surfing dolphins on the way in.
|2/2/2015||11 Gray Whales Spotted!||5 Gray Whales & 2 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||AM: The morning was a beautiful sunny day, and we were all anxious to go out into the water. We saw lots of whales during the trip! One had breached for us! We saw a total of 11 Gray whales.
PM: In the afternoon, it was a little drizzly but still warm. There were a few bottlenose dolphins on the way in from the harbor, and saw a total of five Gray whales!
|2/1/2015||3 Gray Whales Spotted!||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: The morning was a beautiful day, started with 3 adults and some flukes. Went hunting for more as there were many blows across the horizon. Highlight at the end was a close up encounter with a cow/ calf pair… ahhh
PM: Afternoon cruise saw lots of fluking. 10 whales some very close to the boat. A 5 time breach in the visible distance. Spectacular day! Terrific trip, a “wish you were here” trip.
|1/31/2015||12 Gray Whales Spotted!||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||The morning cruise was an amazing experience. There were a total of 12 Gray whales behaving intimately. We also saw over 200 common dolphins!one group of 4, another group of 3 then another group of 3 but lots of Gray whales observed in the distance. At one point we were surrounded by spouting Gray whales! But the big news – we spent about 45 minutes with a humpback whale. This whale put on quite a show!! We counted at least 30 breaches, 5 rounds of pec slapping comprised of 10-15 slaps each round, lobtailing and spy hopping! The whale was traveling south then headed west when we last parted. The humpback continued with its antics as we sped towards SD Bay. There were many shouts/screams of passenger joy, people clapping and applause for Captain Joe!|
|1/30/2015||9 Gray Whales Spotted!||9 Gray Whales Spotted & 30 Common Dolphins & 3 Bottlenose Dolphins!||AM: The morning cruise was full of sea life! There were a total of nine Gray whales that were heading southbound from the boat. Guests saw two Pacific White Sided dolphins and 100 common dolphins!
PM: In the afternoon cruise, there were many breaches and tail flukes. A large circle of cormorants were on the bay water as well, along with 30 common dolphins and 3 bottlenose dolphins. A total of nine Gray whales were seen.
|1/29/2015||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: In the morning cruise, there were a total of six Gray whales and gave us quite the show is giving us lots of tail flukes.
PM: In the afternoon cruise, there was a group of four adult Gray whales mating for over an hour!
|1/28/2014||11 Gray Whales Spotted!||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Today was a spectacular day out on the water. In the morning trip, there were a total of 11 Gray whales spotted, while 3 of them had breached! What an awesome experience.
PM: In the afternoon trip, guests saw a total of 6 Gray whales. The trip was an amazing show!
|1/27/2015||15 Gray Whales Spotted!||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: We had a spectacular morning of whale watching. We stayed with a group of 5 for a long time. They gave us a tremendous show, complete with courting/mating behavior, pectoral and tail slaps and a beautiful breach. We saw at least 15 whales and some dolphins too. Fabulous!
PM:In the Afternoon cruise, we had two separate groups of 3 Gray whales. The second group included one juvenile.
|1/26/2015||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||3 Gray Whales & 12 Common Dolphin & 15 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||AM: The morning cruise was cloudy and light rain, but that didn’t stop us from seeing numerous Gray whales! A total of ten Gray whales were seen during the cruise, and what a sight to see!
PM: In the afternoon cruise, we sailed out and saw a Gray whale in the distance. Later, there was another pair of Grays near Point Loma. There were also over a dozen common dolphins and 15 Pacific White Sided dolphins!
|1/25/2015||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||10 Gray Whales, 4 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||AM: The weather was warm, and a light breeze was present. Guests saw a pod of four Gray whales just 4 miles off Point Loma!
PM cruise: Just 6 miles off Point Loma, there was a pod of 9 Gray whales, plus an additional single whale. There were also several Pacific White Sided dolphins. Wonderful show!
|1/24/2015||3 Gray Whales, 125 Risso Dolphins Spotted!||15 Gray Whales, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM Cruise: We saw 3 southbound adult Gray whales close to the boat and happy to fluke. We also had the good fortune of seeing 125 Risso dolphins – the surrounded the boat.
PM Cruise: We saw 8 whales spouting and fluking in Mexican waters where we could not get close. Then we saw 1 whale breaching several times on our 3 o’clock position. The whale turned shy when we got close. We moved on and soon found 6 whales traveling very close together. They came very close to the boat and crossed back and forth in front of us a couple of times – lots of spouting and fluking by all of them. On the way back in we came upon 50 Common Dolphins right off the tip of Point Loma.
|1/23/2015||4 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins Spotted!||4 Gray Whales, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted!||AM cruise: four whales were seen playing together with dolphins, scattered pods of dolphins, about 500 of them! The whales displayed some sideways moves, showing off their flippers.
PM cruise: there were three to four bottlenose dolphins in the San Diego Harbor. One was identified as “Patches” by photographs taken by guests. There were also sightings of Pacific White Sided dolphins. Finally, we saw one adult Gray whale, along with a group of three Gray whales traveling together exhibiting courting behavior.
|1/22/2015||2 Gray Whales Spotted!||5 Gray Whales, 100 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||AM: This morning was clear and brisk. In the morning, we saw a pod of Pacific White Sided dolphins. Later in the cruise, we came across a pair of 2 Gray whales!
PM: In the afternoon cruise, there were a total of five Gray whales seen. We also saw almost a hundred Pacific White Sided dolphins. An overall wonderful experience!
|1/21/2015||12 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale Spotted!||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Great trip! Twelve Gray whales, with several in groups of two. Near the end of the trip, we saw a humpback whale which breached twice making for an exciting finish to the day.
PM: In the afternoon cruise, we had one Gray whale early on in the trip. Later in the cruise, we found a group of 5 Grays. We finished the cruise with another pair of Grays near Point Loma.
|1/20/2015||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||7 Gray Whales Spotted, 4 Pacific White Sided Dolphins!||AM: The morning cruise was foggy but calm waters, 6 adults sighted.
PM: Afternoon cruise still foggy but excellent view of flat ocean. One cow with calf sighted right out of harbor. Lots of naval activity, including 2 subs. 11 adults in pods of three sighted and 4 Pacific White Sided Dolphins. Awesome whaling!
|1/19/2015||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||12 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Today was an extra special day out on the water. Even the Captain commented on numerous occasions that it was a “very good show”! We followed one guy for about twenty minutes and he kept fluking almost every breath.Then we pursued a ‘pod’ of whales which I think was seven. At least I counted seven spouts in quick succession . . . but they were intermittent and it may have been more. And when we got closer to those suddenly we were in an enormous pod of what I thought was hundreds of common dolphins. You could look off the bow and see dozens and dozens of dorsal fins and jumping dolphins to the left and right and ahead.
Lastly, on the way back in, another pod that the captain said we just didn’t have time to go see, was off to our port and as I watched them, I saw over a dozen spouts in quick succession. They just kept spouting though so I don’t know if there were more or if by the time the last ones took a breath, the first ones were coming up again . . . I watched for about a minute and there were a constant succession of spouts that just kept happening there. It was pretty distant.
Good day for marine life. Quite a few sea lions and, of course, cormorants, gulls, and pelicans.
|1/18/2015||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Beautiful morning – calm and clear. We spotted whales quickly. We saw 8 Gray whales before the cruise was over – 2 of them up close and personal. A good time was had by all.
PM: Beautiful afternoon – slightly warmer, calm and clear. It took a little longer to spot whales but then we were surrounded. We saw 7 total. There was a lone juvenile and then 5 in a group that split to either side of us – 2 of them came close to the boat so we saw them up close and personal as well. A great ending to a great day.
|1/17/2015||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: This morning was a clear crystal day to go out on the water. The passengers were excited and ready to go. Once we just got past PT Loma, here were 2 adult Gray whales. It was exciting to see them so soon once we got into the ocean. We stayed with them for a while and then moved on to look for some more whales. And more whales we found. We had a total of 5 adult whales and one sub adult Gray whale all heading south to Mexico.
PM: In the afternoon cruise, we had a lot of passengers in line with lots of questions and ready to board the boat for the afternoon cruise. It was so beautiful on the water and it felt like summer! Once we got past PT. Loma we headed north and came across our first whale of the afternoon. And he showed us some great views of his fluke. We stayed with him for a while and spotted another Gray whale not too far in the distance and watched him for a little bit. And decided to head out and search for some more Gray whales. And we found some! We spotted 3 more Gray whales!
Today was a great day to be on a boat, out In the ocean, in the sunshine.
|1/16/2015||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||2 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: The morning trip was fabulous! Guests saw a total of 5 Gray whales and 40 Common Dolphins! We saw lots of tail flukes, and everyone was excited!
PM: In the afternoon cruise, we saw 2 Gray whales. There was one that breached right off the bow of the boat! It was a wonderful day!
|1/15/2015||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Beautiful weather for a morning Whale Watching cruise! Lots of sun and smooth sailing. In the morning there were 7 whales which we followed. One of the whales breached 2 times and 2 came close to the bow. We could clearly hear the breath and had a close up look at the barnacles.
PM: In the afternoon we saw 8 whales with at least three more blows in the distance. Once again a whale breached 2 times and then as we were leaving it breached once more. 2 whales also came very close on the starboard side giving all the passengers a very good photo opportunity.
|1/14/2015||5 Gray Whales, 20 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||4 Gray Whales, 15 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Narration provided by captain and First Officer. 5 Gray whales and 20 Pacific White Sided dolphins.
PM: 4 Gray whales and 15 Pacific White Sided dolphins and a few common dolphins mixed in as well! We also spotted a single with its right fluke missing.
|1/13/2015||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: 4 single Gray Whales in the morning.
PM: 4 singles in the afternoon as well, on both trips we had good swimming whales and got great looks at them. Long periods on the surface real close by shore. An overall great trip! Narration provided by captain.
|1/12/2015||3 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: The crew saw 3 Grays heading South. They thought the whales were very lethargic. The where slow and lazy in their movements.
PM: In the Afternoon cruise, The day was sunny, The wind was blustery, and there were tourist from all over the world.
We saw 3 or 4 single whales slowly migrating south, one wallowing and heading toward shore sometimes…this one seemed to be just “hanging” around. We had 3 bottlenose dolphins riding our bow for about 20 minutes. The later we saw about 10 Pacific White Sided Dolphin that visited us as we were returning home.
|1/11/2015||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: This morning’s cruise saw 5 southbound adult Gray whales, and no dolphins.
PM: This afternoon’s cruise also saw 5 southbound adult Gray whales, as well as about 5 bowriding bottlenose right outside of the bay and about 10 Pacific White Sided dolphins a little later in the cruise.
The inclement weather did not seem to affect the sightings at all!
|1/10/2015||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: The morning cruise was clam and sunny. Immediately there was a whale spotted which stayed for quite some time. We came across another whale that loved to fluke every time it took a breath. Another whale was speeding along at about 6+ knots but stayed fairly close to the boat. The morning continued with very few minutes without a whale close in site. In total we saw 8 whales that were all friendly and allowed us to stay with them for long periods of time, displaying lots of flukes.
PM: The afternoon was also met with calm seas. Just outside of the harbor we came across our first whale. We stayed with him/her but decided to find another when a couple more boats arrived. The afternoon continued with a set of two beautiful whales that stayed close enough to hear their exhale. Another whale, which we thought might be a juvenile fluked at every breath and as soon as we turned away he/she breached two times with a third semi breach. We then a came across a mother and calf. Simply beautiful.
|1/9/2015||12 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Gray clouds coming up from Baja California and hardly any swells resulted in a glassy ocean which made spotting the Gray whales very easy. There were 12 whales in the morning with a group of 6 to 8 showing courtship behavior – their rolling around made it hard to be sure just how many there were. There were 10 Pacific White Sided Dolphins in the morning.
PM: 20 Common Dolphins spotted on the afternoon cruise. We saw 5 adults whales heading south in the afternoon – everyone had a great opportunity to see and take a picture of the multiple flukes on display.
|1/8/2015||14 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 400 Common Dolphins Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: The morning cruise saw much action with a total of 14 whales seen! Three breaches were up close and personal. There was also 1 Minke whale spotted and 400 Common Dolphins!
PM: The afternoon saw a total of 4 Gray whales, all breaching, and a wonderful sight to see!
|1/7/2015||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||11 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: The seas were calm as we departed for the am cruise. There were 4 Gray whales close to the boat while there were other blows in the distance. There were a total of 10 common dolphins as well.
PM: In the pm cruise, there were many Gray whales seen, some up close while some were farther away. One pair of Grays were spyhopping – and guests were taking great pictures of this showing baleen!
|1/6/2015||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||12 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: In the morning, we saw ten adult Gray whales heading south. There was possible mating behavior and lots of rolling around.
PM: In the afternoon cruise, there were 12 Gray whales spotted on the trip. Lots of flukes to see and there were many whales in the distance. Calm waters and a warm day!
|1/5/2015||12 Gray Whales Spotted!||8 Gray Whales, 60 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: Wow, what a beautiful morning! The water was calm and the sun was warm. In the morning cruise, guests spotted 5 Bottlenose dolphins and several pods of two, along with single whales, south to the border. There were also 12 White side dolphins by the buoy. Later, we saw a pod of 5 whales just three miles from the boat.
PM: In the afternoon cruise, there were pods of two whales in the west. There were also 60 Common dolphins. What a great sight to see!
|1/4/2015||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||15 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Today was a beautiful day with a cool breeze. In the morning cruise, just two miles off Point Loma, guests spotted a pod of three singles that merged into a triple. Great show with lots of flukes!
PM: In the afternoon cruise, three miles from the boat, there was a quad pod totaling 15 Gray whales! It was a successful trip by far, and guests were very pleased!
|1/3/2015||6 Gray Whales, 12 Bottlenose Dolphins, 30 Common Dolphins Spotted!||5 Gray Whales, 100 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: This Morning was a beautiful day out on the water. The seas were calm, and the sunshine felt good on our faces. And the passengers were ready to see some whales. And we were in for a treat! We saw 4 adult Gray whales. And then we saw 2 different pairs of cows/calves. One pair was really too close to the boat, with the calf just a few days old. It was exciting! We also saw about 12 Bottlenose dolphins and 30 common dolphins.
PM: We had a nice big crowd ready to board the boat and go out and see some whales! We saw one single Gray whale just a couple of miles off the tip of PT. Loma, and stayed with him for awhile, he showed us some nice flukes. Then we saw about 100 common dolphins, then another single Gray whale. As we headed back to port, just about a mile or two from shore we saw three Gray whales together and they gave us a great show, close to the boat. Then a fourth whale joined the group, and then here came a fifth whale. What a fantastic end to a great day!!
|1/2/2015||10 Gray Whales Spotted!||1 Gray Whale Spotted!||AM: During the morning cruise, Gray whales didn’t seem to mind the cold weather as whale spouts were spotted in all directions. A count of 10 Gray whales was agreed on, and the captain made sure the guests had some close glimpses of several different whales. On the trip back, many common dolphins came to swim by the boat.
PM: The weather was warmer and the day was beautiful, there were many other boats out, including one submarine. Whales were more difficult to spot however, but determined Captain Eric found a Gray to delight the guests. Guests today ranged from Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan.
|1/1/2015||9 Gray Whales Spotted!||N/A||AM: Amazing day on the water. We first spotted a single whale and then a group of 3 whales. We stayed with the trio of whales for quite some time. We then spotted a group of 6 whales. By the time we got closer to the group, 3 of the whales had left. We observed the 3 whales until it was time to head back to the bay. The whales showed us beautiful flukes and blows; close enough for the passengers to hear the sound! We also saw a minimum of 8-12 additional blows in the distance.|
|12/31/2014||4 Gray Whales, 6 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||3 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: In the morning there were 4 Gray whales and 6 Pacific White Sided dolphins. Seas were much calmer than indicated online.
PM: In the afternoon there were 2 separate pairs of Grays. One trio with 2 adults and 1 juvenile. Lots of flukes and great views of the whales. The weather was much more calm and more clear than we expected. Saw common dolphins just before getting back into the bay.
|12/30/2014||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||3 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: During the morning cruise, it proved to be a cold, windy, and Gray day that turned out the most amazing Gray whale sightings! While there were sightings of 8 Gray whales, Hornblower guests that ranged from Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Japan, Finland and Russia got a treat when Captain Nick brought the boat alongside four Gray whales, one of which decided to put on a show, probably for the other whales, but the guests delighted in it as well. He breached about 4 times, showing his head and flippers, and also displayed lunges, spyhops and pectoral slaps. As the whales made their way to Mexico, Captain Nick had to head the boat back to San Diego, right in time to see common dolphins diving alongside the boat.
PM: The weather on the afternoon cruise also proved to be Gray with occasional rain and large ocean swells. Captain Nick used his skills to drive through the swells and find 5 Gray whales, who were slowly making their way to Mexico. The guests saw some amazing tail flukes before the boat had to make its way back to San Diego port.
|12/29/2014||8 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins Spotted!||11 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Morning trip had 190 guests. We saw 8 Gray Whales, we saw one humpback whale and 200 common dolphins. Multiple tail flukes and guests had a blast.
PM trip: saw 11 Gray whales and 200 Common Dolphins. Guests were treated to a great day of whale watching!
|12/28/2014||1 Gray Whale, 50 Common Dolphins Spotted!||2 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Both Cruises were a great show with lots of flukes! In the morning, 2 miles out, there was a single Gray whale, along with over 50 Common Dolphins!
PM: In the afternoon, 3 miles off PT Loma, were a pair of 2 Gray Whales. Guests were very pleased!
|12/27/2014||8 Gray Whales Spotted!||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: What a beautiful, clear morning.Saw 2 groups of 2 Gray whales. And we saw 1 group of 3 Gray whales. And another Gray whale a little while later. With a total of 8 Gray whales! We also saw 10 Common
PM: We had a huge crowd of over 260 passengers ready to go out and see some whales. We only had to go a couple of miles out in the ocean from the tip of PT. Loma and we spotted our first Gray whale of the afternoon. Much to the delight of the crowd, this whale was proud to show us his fluke several times! We ended up seeing 7 Gray whales by the end of the day. And as we headed back to the dock, to our surprise, just outside the tip of PT. Loma, a Gray whale popped up about 10 feet from our boat! It was fantastic! Yes, this was a great day on the water.
|12/26/2014||15 Gray Whales Spotted!||5 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: What a great day on the ocean for whale watching! The morning cruise saw 15 whales.
PM: On the afternoon cruise we saw 5…some really good views of our beloved Grays!
|12/25/2014||7 Gray Whales Spotted!||Cruise Cancelled||AM: Today the seas were choppy, 10 – 12 feet at times, however the whales were out! Saw 7 of them, 6 close ones so that we heard them spout. We saw several flukes without deep dives and some curiosity on their part, not spooked by the boat. All of them looked to be adults heading south. We saw 2 of them lunge out of the water.The passengers were happy with the sightings. Afternoon boat was canceled.|
|12/24/2014||2 Gray Whales, 20 Pacific White Sided Dolphins Spotted!||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Guests had a great day out there today, an awesome way to spend Christmas Eve. All in all, guests saw 2 Gray whales, (1 lunge fluking), 20 Pacific White Sided dolphins, 200 Common dolphins playing with the boats, and 7-9 boobies Birds.
PM: In the afternoon cruise, there were 4 great whales with several others in the distance. One of our whales we dubbed “Sir Flukes-a-lot”. Saw a couple of Pacific White Sided dolphins that rode the bow and also a large “nursery” pod of common dolphins with LOTS of really small babies, some as small as 2 feet in length.
|12/23/2014||20 Gray Whales Spotted!||6 Gray Whales Spotted!||AM: Today, there was very little swell. The weather was clear and nice. The morning excursion was thrilling with seeing whales everywhere! There were pods of 2,3, and several of 4. Guest also witnessed a White Side Dolphin and one Harbor Seal in the Bay.Gorgeous day and calm seas. Guests were treated to a pair of active whales right off the batWe stayed with them enjoying their spouts and flukes until too many boats stirred Captain Rich to leave allowing them some peace.
PM: We headed north where we encountered 2 juvenile’s heading slowly south and then moved on to find 2 more adults.
The day was topped off by the visit of a bottlenose dolphin that stayed with us for all to see.
|12/22/2014||2 Gray Whales Spotted!||5 Gray Whales, 1 Pacific White Sided Dolphin Spotted!||AM: The weather was clear all day. The morning trip consisted of seeing 2 Gray whales.
PM: In the afternoon trip, guests saw 5 Gray whales, along with one Pacific White Sided Dolphin.
|12/21/2014||1 Whale Spotted!||AM: This morning’s cruise saw us get up close and personal with a juvenile whale. We spotted him/her off the kelp beds and followed him south for about 1.5 hours. He fluked many times and was very comfortable with our boat and another whale watching boat. Seas were calm with 3′ swells. Very relaxing cruise. Not much else aside from sea birds; cormorants, pelicans and sea gulls. Lots of sea lions.|
|12/20/2014||4 Gray Whales Spotted!||4 Gray Whales & 20 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: On the morning cruise we had wonderful calm seas. We saw 4 Gray whales, and we saw some flukes. But the big surprise, we saw two breaches!!
PM: On the afternoon cruise we left shore with passengers ready to see some whales. And we did not disappoint. Just past Point Loma we saw about 20 common dolphins which got everyone excited. Then about 5 miles out, we saw quite a show. We saw a total of 4 Gray whales heading south. 3 whales stayed very close to us. And they truly entertained us with their flukes! They kept diving and showing their flukes over and over again. Everybody got great photos and had great smiles on their faces. It was a great day on the water!
|12/19/2014||2 Gray Whales Spotted!||Glad to see two Gray whales! The storm passed by in the morning but there was still a lot of swells and wind. We still spotted the two Grays headed toward the Los Coronados islands. There were passengers from Texas, Arizona and two groups from Europe who still had a great time.|
|12/18/2014||2 Gray Whales & 30+ Common Dolphins Spotted!||3 Gray Whales & 80 Common Dolphins Spotted!||AM: The seas were calm and the weather was warm. In the morning cruise, there were 2 Gray whales we spotted, plus a pod of common dolphins.
PM: In the afternoon trip, we saw 3 Gray whales and were very interactive with us! We also encountered a huge pod of common dolphins. Gorgeous weather and an overall wonderful experience!
|12/17/2014||Cruise Cancelled||3 Gray Whales & 15 Common Dolphins Spotted!||PM: The Afternoon cruise was a bit chilly, but worth the trip. Passengers spotted 3 Gray whales and 15 common dolphins. Good views!|
|12/16/2014||Cruise Cancelled||3 Gray Whales & 15 Common Dolphins Spotted!||PM: The Afternoon cruise was a bit chilly, but worth the trip. Passengers spotted 3 Gray whales and 15 common dolphins. Good views!|
|12/15/2014||Cruise Cancelled||Cruise Cancelled||High Storm Swells|
|12/14/2014||Cruise Cancelled||Cruise Cancelled||High Storm Swells|
Taken from “A Winter’s Watch: Scientists Track Whale Migration From Big Sur Bluffs” from the Montery Herald website
The census in 2011 estimated the current population to be about 21,000, a number that’s been relatively stable for the past 10 years.
“This year, we want to see a stable population or one that’s slightly increasing,” Weller said.
That would be good news for whale watchers, too. Richard Ternullo, the owner of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, said business has been solid so far this season.
“The weather’s been good, so people have been out,” Ternullo said. “It seems like a pretty normal migration in terms of the number. Maybe it was a little bit early as far as when we started seeing the migrants.”
Detecting shifts in when the whales start arriving — and especially when the peak number goes by — is a secondary goal of the census.
“Every given year it might shift a little bit forward, or a little backward,” Weller said.
Whale biologists are also interested in whether the declining levels of Arctic sea ice will affect migration patterns.
“The receding ice is not necessarily a negative thing in the gray whale case,” Weller said.
That’s because it opens up new habitats, and no one is sure what effects this will have on gray whale behavior. But the biggest mystery is still why the whales migrate at all.
“Some people believe they migrate away from areas where calves are in danger,” Weller said, adding that this is his favored explanation.
Another explanation holds that the demands of giving birth require the whale moms to be in warmer waters for energetic reasons. These questions will require many future studies to decide.
For now, this year’s count is still up in the air.
Amazing whale watching cruise this morning!
Hornblower friend and regular cruiser, Mike Roeder, provided the below photos and comments –
“We got on a group of 8 or so whales and we rode alongside them for 2 hours. What a day!
Add in a breach, courting, dolphins, sea lions and tons of birds.
As this lady (below) said “Wednesday I was in Michigan in 17° cold shoveling the driveway and today videoing whales with my phone – yahoo!”
If you couldn’t get a photo of flukes today you were blind or your camera was broken. Maybe 50 flukes or more?”