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Gray Whale Watching Season Begins December 9

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2017 – 2018 Winter Whale Watching

Date Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise Notes
11/20/17 1 Gray Whale N/A On one of our Harbor Tour Cruises Monday, we spotted the same juvenile Gray Whale as yesterday under the Coronado Bay Bridge. The whale spouted and then breached then spyhopped to have a look around. It breached a couple more times giving us a great look at the youngster’s darker gray coloration and then headed farther into the bay. The San Diego Harbor Police are remaining with the whale to prevent boats from getting to close to the whale while it is in the bay.
11/19/17 1 Gray Whale, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins N/A Our Harbor Tours became Whale Watching Tours on November 19 and 20. On Sunday, Guests on one of our Harbor Tours were treated to fantastic views of a juvenile Gray Whale — the first of the season for us — entering San Diego Bay! A couple hours later a group of 4 Bottlenose Dolphins crossed the bow of the boat in the same location.

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A Mixed Company of Whales and Dolphins

Pacific White-sided dolphins and Gray Whales

Pacific White-sided Dolphins interacting with Gray Whales

On a recent Hornblower Whale Watch trip, guests watched as a pair of Pacific White-sided dolphins played in front of a trio of Gray Whales. Many dolphin species, including Pacific White-sided Dolphins, are often seen interacting with their larger cousins, the baleen whales. The dolphins may be clustered in the same area following a bait ball of tiny, schooling fishes or riding in the pressure wave the larger whales make as they travel. This behavior of dolphins riding the pressure waves of whales and surfing ocean waves may even be why dolphins commonly ride the bow waves and stern wakes of boats today. Scientists believe that wave riding is a type of play behavior in dolphins. Whatever the reason, wave or wake riding dolphins are always tons of fun to watch.

The Newest Generation of Gray Whales

One of the highlights of the gray whale migration is watching mothers tend to their tiny, newborn calves as they travel south. As of January 26,  The American Cetacean Society’s Gray Whale Census has reported 40 newborn calves spotted so far this season along the Southern California Coast. The mothers and calves are traveling to one of…