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Whale Watching Report 2015 - 2016

DateMorning CruiseAfternoon CruiseNotes
03/30/20163 Gray Whales, 200 Common DolphinsFin Whale, 200 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We lucked out and found a single whale for a few looks then went further out west for a pair of Gray whales and a pod of 200 plus playful Common Dolphins.
Afternoon Cruise: We had good looks at a Fin whale and found those playful Common Dolphins again for some more fun on the way in. The weather just kept getting better as the day went on!
03/29/2016N/AN/ACruises cancelled due to rough seas.
03/28/2016Whale Checks IssuedN/AMorning Cruise: Rough seas and no whales seen. Whale Checks Issued
Afternoon Cruise: Cruise cancelled due to rough seas.
03/27/20162 Humpbacks, 500 Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 2 Humpbacks, 100 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The passengers and crew came upon a pod of 350 dolphins feeding with a few sea lions mixed in, as birds flew all around. In addition to this, 2 large adult Humpback Whales swam through the area and showed their tail flukes multiple times.
Afternoon Cruise: We returned to the area of the feeding in the afternoon and found 2 very relaxed Humpbacks (large adult). In addition we had about 100 Common Dolphin come by the boat to bow ride, along with some tail slapping and generally just having fun. We finished the trip with great views of 3 northbound Gray Whales who came very close to the boat, making for some great photo opportunities. Enjoying spring break weather were passengers from Denmark, Isreal, Minnesota, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver and San was an enjoyable day for all.
03/26/20161 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 500 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 150 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: After heading out into the ocean we came across a pod of about 500 leaping & surfing Common Dolphins. A little later we spotted a Fin Whale and then we came across the highlight of the day, a big Blue Whale! He zigzagged from one side of the boat to the other, for everyone to enjoy.
Afternoon Cruise: As we headed out everyone had high hopes of finding whales and we were not disappointed. Just a couple of miles off Pt. Loma we came across a cow/calf gray whale pair. Everyone was excited to see a Mom and Baby Gray Whale! Then as we headed further out into the ocean we came across that big Blue Whale we saw this morning. He came really came close to the boat and no one could believe how big he was! And when you heard him breath it was amazing! After staying with this big Blue, it was time to head back to dock and on the way we had a pod of about 150 Common Dolphins come play with the boat.
03/25/2016200 Common Dolphins, 6 Bottlenose1 Gray Whale, 1 Blue Whale, 20 Common Dolphins, 2 BottlenoseMorning Cruise: Unfortunately no whales were sighted but did see 200 Common Dolphins & 6 Bottlenose Dolphins, Issued whale checks.
Afternoon Cruise: Saw 1 Gray Whale &, 1 Blue Whale plus 20 Commons, 2 Bottlenose.
03/24/20162 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: We had a juvenile early on in the trip that was very comfortable with the boat. He was joined by another juvenile shortly thereafter. We also had 2 different groups of Common Dolphins in feeding patterns along with large flocks of birds.
Afternoon Cruise: We saw 1 Gray Whale with limited views so whale checks were issued.
03/23/2016N/AN/ACruises cancelled due to rough seas.
03/22/2016N/AN/ACruises cancelled due to rough seas.
03/21/20161 Blue Whale3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: One beautiful blue whale was spotted this morning.
Afternoon Cruise: A beautiful sunny afternoon. 3 adult Gray Whales were spotted. We were pleased to have visitors from Transylvania, Germany, Dallas, and various places worldwide.
03/20/20163 Gray Whales, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins, 20 Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 1 HumpbackMorning Cruise: 3 elusive juvenile Gray Whales north bound in a zigzag patter – close to Pt. Loma on our return towards the dock. 5 Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay. 20 Common Dolphin surfing with the boat.
Afternoon Cruise: 3 Gray Whale blows seen from a distance, near the mouth of the bay. 1 energetic Humpback, juvenile only about 20 feet in length. It displayed several tail slaps and a few flukes & appeared curious of the boat, came close several times to check us out.
03/19/2016Whale Checks Issued, 200 Common Dolphins1 Humpback, 200 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: No Whales! 200 Common Dolphins
Afternoon Cruise: Good Show Flat Seas. 1 Humpback, 200 Common Dolphins.
03/18/2016Whale Checks Issued, 600 Common Dolphins2 Humpbacks, 1 Fin WhaleMorning Cruise: We saw 0 Gray whales and 600+ Common Dolphin.
Afternoon Cruise: We saw 2 Humpback Whales and 1 Fin Whale.
03/17/20163 Gray Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins, 45 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: About 100 passengers braved the fog to try to find whales. After much searching, we finally found 3 northbound Grays. We also found about 1000 Common Dolphins that stampeded.
Afternoon Cruise: Large number of passengers all week due to spring break in many locations. Whales were very elusive today. We found a mother/calf pair not too far out of the harbor but disappeared after a few blows. After searching, we joined other boats to see a Fin Whale from a distance. Saw it blow 3 times but disappeared. We did see about 45 Common Dolphins stampede quickly by the boat. Also about 30 Bottlenose Dolphins feeding and ignoring the boat. Captain gave out whale checks due to poor views of whales.
03/16/20162 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 1 Humpback, 200+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We lucked out and found a pair of Gray Whales and also spotted 100+ Common Dolphins.
Afternoon Cruise: We really lucked out with a Fin Whale, good looks at a huge Blue Whale, a mom/calf pair of Gray Whales and finished up with a breaching Humpback surrounded by 200+ playful Common Dolphins. Really spectacular afternoon, except for the rough seas
03/15/20162 Blue Whales, 3 Fin Whales2 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: We saw 2 blue whales and 3 fin whales under sunny skies but rough seas.
Afternoon Cruise: We had sunny skies with a medium ocean swell with a full boat! We saw 2 Blue Whales, one Fin Whale, assorted dolphins, a group of sea lions and a Brown Footed Booby sitting on a buoy at the end of the day.
03/14/20165 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins1 Blue Whale, 2 Humpbacks, 2 Fin Whales, 40 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Cloudy morning turned into great sunny day! Saw 5 northbound Gray Whales & 200 Common Dolphins.
Afternoon Cruise: Had a unusual afternoon with sightings of a Blue Whale, 2 Humpbacks and 2 Fin Whales plus 40 Common Dolphins.
03/13/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
03/12/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
03/11/20166 Gray Whales3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Fog cleared offshore to a bright morning with mild winds. Spotted a pair of Gray Whales about 5 miles out- slow moving. Two more pairs also slow and shallow with few blows. Last pair sighted on way; mother and calf with mother doing semi-breaches in apparent semi-spy-hop to keep tabs on our vessel.
Afternoon Cruise: Weather started clear with light breeze until about 3pm, then the wind picked up and light drizzle eventually became a heavy downpour rain. We spotted 3 adult Gray Whales moving north in a zig-zag motion. No tail flukes but they were swimming very close to the surface paralleling the boat so that we could see their entire bodies and white ventral sides just below the surface.
03/10/20167 Gray Whales, 100 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 20 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: We had 7 Gray Whales total, one single, a pair, and a group before heading in, also saw about 100 Common Dolphins. Great morning, the swell was up there at around 5’, but we made the best of our morning.
Afternoon Cruise: Saw one mom/calf pair - calf breached completely out of water once. Saw 20 Bottlenose Dolphins. Due to weather, it was a windy and rocky ride.
03/09/2016N/A3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Cruise cancelled due to rough seas.
Afternoon Cruise: Rocky seas. Saw 3 Gray Whales, but not exciting views as the whales stayed underwater longer than normal.
03/08/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
03/07/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
03/06/20164 Gray Whales, Bottlenose DolphinsNo Whales, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Stormy day that cleared up and produced a dozen Bottlenose Dolphins zig zagging between the 4 Gray Whales demonstrating amazing mating behavior. Also there was pec slapping, heading and floating on their backs.
Afternoon Cruise: A swell day...beautiful clear day with increasing swells. No Gray Whale sightings but we did see a couple of Pacific White Sided Dolphins and a small group of Common Dolphins that played in our bow and wake.
03/05/20162 Gray Whales, 3 Humpback, 1 Minke Whale, Bottlenose Dolphins8 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback, Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Great day on the water. Swell died down to a calm sea. We saw a humpback enthusiastically breaching at least 7 times, and playfully tail lobbing and pectoral fin slapping. The whale's activity slowed as 2 other boats approached. We then found 2 more less playful Humpbacks in the same vicinity. We also spotted 2 Gray Whales traveling north and 3 Bottlenose Dolphins. Some passengers were treated to a surprise viewing of a Minke Whale that unexpectedly swam under the boat.
Afternoon Cruise: The seas were a little rough in the beginning, but worth it. We started by finding a couple of Gray Whales, then spotted a pod of 100 dolphins including many babies! We later saw a pod of 4 Gray whales that came close to the boat allowing us to hear their blows and get great views of their flukes. We were then treated to very active Humpback that breached over 20 times!!! On the return we spotted 2 more whales with one giving a great tail fluke during the Whaler's presentation.
03/04/20163 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback3 Gray Whales, 1500 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Saw 2 adult Grays with a calf between them. A Humpback came up just 2 feet off the stern. We watched the young Humpback fluke and blow several times before he swam away.
Afternoon Cruise: Nice day with clouds in the distance, a bit windy. We followed a lone Gray who was swimming near the surface. We also saw a pair of elusive Grays. Two huge pods of Common Dolphins provided quite a show. On our way back to shore, two whales were breaching multiple times in the distance.
03/03/20163 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback, 1 Fin Whale7 Gray Whales, Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Nice, clear day. Smooth seas. Saw a fin, humpback, and three mating gray whales.
Afternoon Cruise: Best trip of the season! Calm seas, 12 blows sighted, 7 grays heading north. Tail flukes, fin slaps, and spy hopping. One group of whales kept swimming towards the boat under the bow and getting really close! Large dolphin pod surrounded the boat heading back. Great day!
03/02/2016Fin Whale, 500 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, Fin Whale, 300 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Foggy early. Lots of Common Dolphins sighted in many groups. Followed a Fin Whale for a while.
Afternoon Cruise: Beautiful day.We saw a Fin Whale come to the surface several times! We saw 2 Grays swimming together near the surface, rolling around each other and showing tail flukes. Common Dolphins were swimming around them - some jumping out of the water.Possible the grays were mating.
03/01/20165 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, Bottlenose DolphinMorning Cruise: 5 gray whales Foggy morning, but fog burned off to a mile visibility by noon. We first sighted a breaching Gray Whale - 3-4 jumps. Then sighted 2 northward pairs moving synchronously with occasional simultaneous blows. Saw about 500 Common Dolphins on the way back.
Afternoon Cruise: What a terrific afternoon for whale watching! With calm seas and sun peeking through the marine layer, we had an encounter with a total of 3 Gray Whales and 1 juvenile all traveling north. One of the whales breached 4 times! What a sight! On our way back in the bay, we encountered a single Bottlenose Dolphin.
02/29/20164 Gray Whales, 3 Humpbacks6 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback, Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Sailed out of the bay through some fog. Lucky to find 3 Humpbacks (breaching, tail slapping) and 4 Northbound Gray Whales. The seas had a nice rhythm and was a pleasant morning.
Afternoon Cruise: Still somewhat foggy, we went out to the 9 mile bank. Caught a glimpse of a Humpback breach. Saw 1 Northbound Gray and a group of at least 5 Gray Whales exhibiting some mating behavior as we headed back in. At the same time, Common Dolphins swarmed the ship.
02/28/20164 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback, 200 Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 30 Pacific White Sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Single Humpback Whale did a couple of tail slaps but then stayed fairly quiet. Group of 4 Gray Whales exhibited mating behavior with lots of rolling, pec slapping, spy hopping, and nudging. Approximately 200 Common Dolphins swam by and played for a bit at our bow.
Afternoon Cruise: We passed 3 Gray Whales just outside the harbor (possibly juveniles). Then had a visit from about 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins on our way to seeing a group of 4 Grays. We were also lucky enough to see an elusive Finback Whale and got some amazing shots of his/her blow and fin.
02/27/20165 Gray Whales1 Gray Whale, 1 Humpback, Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The morning trip had 5 Gray Whales travelling northbound, including a mom and calf pair that surfaced close to the boat....all of this was about 3 miles off shore.
Afternoon Cruise: Our "star" of the day was the breaching humpback that Captain Chad found about 7 miles off shore on the afternoon....we just sat back, relaxed and watched the show. The afternoon brought us some Common Dolphins and a northbound Gray Whale...several blows were spotted in the distance...but as mentioned, our energized Humpback stole the show in the afternoon. Many visitors from around the world today, including guests from China, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Russia, Norway to name a few got to see what we have in our own lucky to be able to share all of this with our passengers....
Another great day on the water!
02/26/20165 Gray Whales, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins, 100+ Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales, 500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We spotted our first whale in the bay at Ballast Point, a juvenile, and then a couple Bottlenose Dolphins on the way out. Offshore we saw four whales engaging in mating behaviors, got really good looks at them and saw 100 plus Common Dolphins as well.
Afternoon Cruise: We got on another pair of mating whales got great looks at ALL parts of these whales, face shots, lots of tail and pec fins, and then we continued out west for a group of five more again really good looks at them and nice tail flukes with 500 plus Common Dolphins.
02/25/2016NA1 Gray Whale, 1 Humpback, 1000 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Cruise cancelled due to rough seas.
Afternoon Cruise: We saw one small Humpback and one north-bound Gray Whale. Also fun to see were about 1000 Common Dolphins scattered about having fun jumping out of the water. It was a beautiful day with calm seas, despite the predictions of 9 foot swells.
02/24/20163 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale7 Gray Whales, 300 Common Dolphins, 3-4 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: Saw Gray Whale mom with calf , one Fin Whale and 1 adult Gray Whale. Water was beautiful and the weather was great.
Afternoon Cruise: Saw 7 Gray Whales. There were two groups of three and both groups displayed mating behavior. Another single adult Gray was also seen. We also saw several hundred Common Dolphins and 3-4 Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay. Again the weather was great and the water was calm.
02/23/20162 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback, 20 Common DolphinsTBAMorning Cruise: We saw 2 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback and 20 Common Dolphins
02/22/20165 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback, Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins, 100+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: One Humpback Whale heading north surfaced about one boat length away. 3-5 Gray Whales in one pod. Common dolphins scattered which were sighted throughout the trip.
Afternoon Cruise: 3 single adult Gray Whales heading North snorkel diving; only one large fluke dive. 5 Bottlenose Dolphins at the beginning of the trip. At the end of the trip we were surrounded by a pod of 100+ Common Dolphins jumping out of the water while many were swimming along the bow of the boat.
02/21/20161 Gray Whale4 Gray Whales, 1 HumpbackMorning Cruise: Sunny morning, found a single Gray Whale, breaching & spyhopping. A sick guest required an early return to the dock.
Afternoon Cruise: Beautiful day, saw a group of 4 Gray Whales displaying 5-6 breaches. Also a Humpback in the distance, with a great show.
02/20/20163 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale3 Humpbacks, 2 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: It was a beautiful morning where we saw 3 northbound Gray Whales and one Fin Whale.
Afternoon Cruise: Calm day with 3 active Humpbacks who breached and fluked. Two Gray Whales were slowly moving northbound. We had three groups of approximately 100 dolphins swim toward and around the boat.
02/19/20166 Humpbacks, 200 Common Dolphins1 HumpbackMorning Cruise: About six miles out we started seeing splashes in the water, not a Gray but a group of Humpback whales. During the morning cruise we saw six Humpback whales. One older whale and one juvenile whale, put on a great show breaching time after time. We also saw two large pods of Common dolphins.
Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon cruise didn't give as great of a variety at the morning cruise as we only saw 1 Humpback, but what a show it put on! Breach after breach, forty to fifty times it came out of the sea. Breaching, tail slapping. pectoral fin slapping, tail slapping. An hour and a half of great action!
02/18/20162 Gray Whales3 Gray Whales, 1 HumpbackMorning Cruise: Followed 2 Gray Whales. Frequent fluking together. We observed differentiation in the flukes.

Afternoon Cruise: Under beautiful skies we saw 3 Gray Whales heading south. Then there was a fabulous show starring a Humpback Whale who breached about 40 times and demonstrated spyhopping 5 times.
02/17/20161 Gray Whale, 1 Humpback2 Gray Whales, 400+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Beautiful sunny morning, though a little windy. We found a single south-bound Gray Whale right away, but opted for deeper water. Around the 9 mile bank, we found a Humpback Whale which breached numerous times! Several breaches were quite close to the boat, plus a lot of pec slapping. Great day to be out on the water!

Afternoon Cruise: Pretty dense fog came in as we were leaving the bay, but we proceeded slowly and safely always on the lookout for marine mammals. First, there were several hundred Common Dolphins on all sides of the boat - leaping and surfing alongside the boat. Then, quite close by were two Gray Whales. From the size of their blows and the size of the whales, we believe it was a cow/calf pair already on their way back north.
02/16/20164 Gray Whales, Humpback, 2 Fin Whales, 100+ Pacfic White Sided Dolphins, 300+ Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales, Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We saw 2 Fin Whales (cow calf pair, great looks at both), 4 Gray Whales and a Humpback, as well as 100 plus Pacific White Sided and 300 plus Commons. Great morning!!
Afternoon Cruise: We saw a pair of mating Gray Whales, one breached twice for us, and then we went off shore for a group of 4 to 5 Gray Whales northbound. Again great show, and some Common Dolphins on the way in.
02/15/20163 Gray Whales, 1000+ Common Dolphins3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Hundreds of Common Dolphins surfing and playing in our waves. We had three Gray Whale sighting zigzagging on their way north. A beautiful day!
Afternoon Cruise: We saw 3 Gray Whales on today's cruise, two whales came very close and we had great views of their blowholes, knuckles, barnacles, and flukes.
02/14/20166 Gray Whales, 2 HumpbacksBlue Whale, Fin Whale, Humpback WhaleMorning Cruise: A foggy start but when the sun came through, many blows were sighted. We saw 2 Humpbacks close to the boat. Northbound Gray whales were rolling around and showed possible mating behavior. There were 3 southbound Grays that pleased the crowd with their flukes.
Afternoon Cruise: We had a warm sunny day and saw a slow-moving Blue Whale near the boat, followed by a brief Fin Whale siting. The star of today's trip was a Humpback Whale that fully breached twice!
02/13/20162 Gray Whales2 Gray Whales, 1 Minke WhaleMorning Cruise: Saw 2 Gray Whales who gave a great show!
Afternoon Cruise: Saw 2 Gray Whales with lots of tail slapping and a breaching Minke Whale.
02/12/20163 Gray Whales, Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 3 Humpback Whale, Blue WhaleMorning Cruise: We had wonderful looks at a cow & calf pair. Kept popping up before and after its mom so every one got to see its cute little head. Also a single full sized Gray and a pod Commons. Great conditions overall.
Afternoon Cruise: Wonderful weather, great views of a tail slapping Humpback, and also got to see a Blue Whale which is very uncommon this time of year. Saw three Humpbacks total and one Gray Whale on the way out.
02/11/20165 Gray Whales, 40 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 1 HumpbackMorning Cruise: First up, a pod of 3 Grays, excellent views, with another 2 on return trip, and even more in distance plus 40 Common Dolphins
Afternoon Cruise: First saw 4 Grays in distance, unfortunately not decent views. Excellent close up views of a single Humpback for almost an hour, 100+ breaches up close! We also saw a couple of blows from a gray whale and a common dolphin. When we left the humpback whale came close to the boat and gave us a couple of pec slaps goodbye!
02/10/20169 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback2 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 500 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Warm day with a wonderful flat ocean. Followed large group of 9 Gray Whales rolling on the surface for close to an hour. Also saw juvenile Humpback!

Afternoon Cruise: Beautiful , warm and calm ocean. Folks from Michigan, Pennsylvania and other exotic places on board with everyone enjoying the warm weather. We went all the way out to the Nine-mile Bank and saw 2 southbound Fin Whales, plus a pod of 500 Common Dolphins! Soon after we found 2 northbound Gray Whales that allowed us to stay with them until it was time to leave.
02/09/201614 Gray Whales, 40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 2 Humpbacks, 10 Pacific White Sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Beautiful, calm day. Lots of Gray Whales, but all acting erratically - would show only 1 cycle of blows/dive and then would take off for parts unknown.
Afternoon Cruise: Fairly calm seas, sunny and warm, sometimes even Hot! One Gray Whale right outside mouth of harbor. Then reports of 2 Humpbacks up north. All whales came fairly close to the boat. The humpbacks snorkeled and flucked but did not breach. Passengers from Canada, Germany, Sweden, Baja, and the U.S. all enjoyed the day.
02/08/20166 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins10 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 200+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We saw about 6 Gray Whales total and had one breach 3 times, also saw a nice pod of Common Dolphins, about 100 plus.
Afternoon Cruise: We had a great afternoon started with a trio of south bound Gray Whales, went off shore found a single and a pair and then further out we saw a big school of Commons 200 plus and a pod of 4-5 Gray Whales and one elusive Fin Whale. A rare, calm sunny perfect afternoon!
02/07/201610 Gray Whales5 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback, 20 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Warm day with calm seas. 10 southbound Gray Whales in total. Delighted by 3 whales exhibiting mating behavior very near the boat. Stayed close to this threesome for quite a while giving all passengers a thrill. Also saw other groupings of whales fluking and many blows in the distance

Afternoon Cruise: Amazing afternoon! 5 southbound Gray Whales in courting behavior. Afternoon was capped off with exuberant behavior of Humpback who exhibited continuous breaching and back flops, twists. Amazing day with sunny calm waters. 20 Common Dolphins and 1 Brown Boobie on buoy.
02/06/201611 Gray Whales3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Shortly after leaving the bay, we came upon a group of 3 Adult Gray Whales- one of which breached at least 10 times within a matter of minutes. It also lifted it’s head out of the water a few times. Definitely not something that is seen very often. The whales decided to spoil us… a whale a few miles away on the other side of the boat breached (1-2 times). We then came upon what we thought was a female/calf pair, but the one whale breached- which is not common with females with a calf.
In total, we saw 11 whales and 13 breaches!

Afternoon Cruise: The cruise started out a bit slow, with some passengers seeing a sea lion eating a fish. As we enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather on a calm day, we spotted a couple of whales. It turned out to be 2 juveniles, slowly making their way south. Another whale was sighted later in the cruise. And, before you knew it, it was time to return to port. A couple of passengers came as far away as Canada and Wales.
02/05/20162 Gray Whales, 40 Common Dolphins3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We followed 2 Grays swimming together. We could see them-their entire bodies-swimming just under the surface. Common Dolphins swam along our bow.
Afternoon Cruise: A spectacular February afternoon with cooperative seas and whales! A birder from the UK was very happy with the variety and numbers of birds. 3 Gray Whales zig/zagged and put on quite a show for us. Even saw a pelican aerial ballet in the late sunlight for our trip back in.
02/04/201610 Gray Whales8 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: 5 Grays up close, another 5 in the distance.
Afternoon Cruise: 5 Grays up close, another 3 in distance.
02/03/20163 Gray Whales, 30 False Killer Whales, 50 Common Dolphins7 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We saw a trio of Gray Whales, a pod of 50 Common Dolphins, and we were thrilled to see about 30 False Killer Whales. Was very exciting as these are pretty rare.
Afternoon Cruise: We saw three groups of Gray Whales, a pair to begin with, then a trio and then another pair on the way back up and in.
02/02/20163 Gray Whales, 40 Common Dolphins4 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Seas were a little rough and uncomfortable, some motion sickness. 3 Gray Whales, 40 Common Dolphins
Afternoon Cruise: 4 Gray Whales.
02/01/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/31/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/30/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/29/20168 Gray Whales, 20 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, 20 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales, 20 Pacific White Sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: 8 Gray Whales, 20 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, 20 Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: 6 Gray Whales, 20 Pacific White Sided Dolpins
01/28/20166 Gray Whales, Sea Turtle5 Gray Whales, 20 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We followed 2 pair of whales. The whales were traveling south, blows and flukes simultaneously. Sightings of 2 single whales. Sighting of a turtle, close to boat before diving.
Afternoon Cruise: Lovely day on the water under calm and sunny conditions. We saw 2 pairs of whales up close and personal. A single adult was visible. Upon our return, we were visited by 30 common dolphins. Many blows were spotted to the north and south. Visitors were from many countries and had a great time.
01/27/20164 Gray Whales, 30 Common Dolphins5 Gray Whales, 20 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Calm, clear, beautiful day. Followed mating couple with fins/flukes at funny angles. Small group of common dolphins and sea lions were watching. We had visitors from India, Germany, Canada, Mexico and various states as well as San Diego area locals.
Afternoon Cruise: Calm seas with sunny skies for last half of trip. We saw and followed a mating trio for about 20 minutes. Also two other singles Gray Whales with great views of fluking. Some Common Dolphins playing the wake on several occasions during the trip as well as watching the mating trio.
01/26/20166 Gray Whales4 Gray Whales, Pacific White Sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We saw 6 Gray Whales.

Afternoon Cruise: We saw 4 Gray Whales & Pacific White-Sided Dolphins.
01/25/201611 Gray Whales7 Gray Whales, 3 Pacific White Sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We started off by finding a group of 2 Gray Whales, then spotted a couple more pairs, then some single whales, and finally a group of 4 whales. We also saw a harbor seal swimming in the open ocean.
Afternoon Cruise: Clear and sunny with a brisk wind. Saw Gray Whales surface to blow only about half a boat-length from us – twice! Followed one Gray zig-zagging southward, right up to the Mexican Border. Then moved northward and encountered more south-bound whales. Also viewed Pacific White-sided Dolphins swimming along our port side for awhile, plus a huge area of rafting cormorants.
01/24/201610 Gray Whales10 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Boy we got our money's worth today! We saw spouts in all directions. Courtship behavior, rolling, pec slapping and sustained mating behavior. Rolling seas.
Afternoon Cruise: The seas were a little rough with many swells, but guests saw 10 Gray Whales total making it an amazing adventure! There were 2 groups of 3 whales, one of which the captain suspected to have a mother, calf and juvenile. There was also a pod of 4 whales showing mating behavior with lots of pec slapping and rolling.
01/23/20166 Gray Whales, Thresher Shark8 Gray Whales, Elephant SealMorning Cruise: We saw 2 groups of three whales that we followed for quite a while. We got to see many flukes as well as one whale that graced with 2 breaches. An unusual sight was a thresher shark that repeatedly "breached" along side us. Lots of kids onboard that seemed to really enjoy the whale sightings.
Afternoon Cruise: We had an enthusiastic group, including guests from England and Lithuania. We had 3 sightings of single Grays that kept low profiles. Then at the end of the cruise we found a pod of 4 Grays that gave a great show, including synchronous blows and lots of flukes. On our way in, we also had a breaching Gray whale! In addition, we had a quick look at an Elephant Seal that popped up his head and then dove.
01/22/20161 Gray Whales, 50 Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 9 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Only one Gray Whale sighting but watched zig-zag southbound swim and many deep dives showing tail flukes. Whale also lifted his head up once. Also saw a pod of 50+ Common Dolphins
Afternoon Cruise: We saw three Gray Whales: one single whale doing deep dives showing tail fluke and a pair of whales doing shallow snorkeling dives. Coming back some guests saw 7-9 Common Dolphins. There were a few sea lions on the bait docks as well as a huge great white heron.
01/21/20162 Gray Whales, 50 Pacific White Sided Dolphins6 Gray Whales, 50 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Guests were treated to a beautiful sighting of Gray Whale calf/cow pair, and about 50 Pacific White Sided Dolphins.
Afternoon Cruise: We followed a single (possibly pregnant) Gray Whale for nearly 30 minutes, then saw a pair of Gray Whales, and also a pod of 3 giving a total count of 6. There were also about 50 Common Dolphins.
01/20/20164 Gray Whales, 200 Common & Pacific White Sided Dolphins6 Gray Whales, 200 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Guests were treated to an aircraft carrier leaving for deployment. Then guests were treated to a mix of approximately 200 Common & Pacific White Sided Dolphins, jumping and playing in the waves. Spotted a pod of four Gray Whales with multiple blows and tail flukes.
Afternoon Cruise: Started with a beautiful,sunny day with whales out and about. Spotted one pair of adult Grays and two single Gray adults very close to the boat. Several blows in the distance. Common Dolphins played with the boat, estimate 200 plus.
01/19/20166 Gray Whales, 1 Mola Mola6 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We saw two trios in the morning, both were sort of shy most likely engaged in mating behavior, harder to follow than the normal south bound whales. But we did see one Mola Mola so that was cool.
Afternoon Cruise: Afternoon trip was the same, two pairs of trios involved in mating behavior.
01/18/2016N/A3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Cancelled due to rough seas.

Afternoon Cruise: People from around the world were pleased the weather cooperated. We spent time with three separate slow moving Gray Whales who came up close for all to see the details of their flukes.
01/17/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/16/20168 Gray Whales11 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: The day started off cold but ended up being a fantastic day with calm waters and blue skies. There were many whales to choose from, but Captain Joe picked a pair of Gray Whales that got up close to the boat and put on many double fluke shows.

Afternoon Cruise: Passengers from all over the world were mesmerized by a rare sighting of a pod of 10 (or more) Gray Whales. It was an incredible viewing with multiple blows and tail flukes all at once!!! It was breathtaking. Some passengers also saw a raft of 10+ sea lions, and others got to see a whale breech on the return, which was a nice cherry on top for the day.
01/15/201615 Gray Whales3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Out to buoy SD for mother and calf, then on to a group of 3 which were difficult to follow, other Grays in the area. Then North for a pod of 9 very active Grays with excellent views. Total 15 Grays for the trip.

Afternoon Cruise: Cruise has a light rain & poor visibility, 3 separate single Grays with good views.
01/14/20163 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback2 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 40+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We saw a trio of Gray Whales first thing on the morning trip, and then we went out west to find a breaching Humpback. Turned out to be a fantastic whale that breached (jumped!) 8 times and did some tail slapping as well.

Afternoon Cruise: The pm trip was a little slower but we found a mother calf pair and followed them for a bit then went out west looking for more and found the humpback again but couldn’t get good looks at it, finished up with a Finback, and got some good looks at it with about 40+ Common Dolphins.
01/13/20166 Gray Whales12 Gray Whales, 2 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, 25 Common DolphinsMorning cruise: 6 Gray Whales total including a mother and calf. A breach in the distance & lots of flukes.

Afternoon cruise: 12 southbound whales lots of fluking, one up close breach, lots of blows in the distance, perhaps a mother and yearling. 2 Pacific White Sided Dolphins & 25 Common Dolphins.
01/12/20167 Gray Whales6 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Beautiful day offshore with little wind for second half of the cruise. Saw seven whales including a mom &calf pair. Mom appeared to be a juvenile.

Afternoon Cruise: Good sized swells as we left harbor heading south towards the islands. Wonderful conversations with a very international crowd. Very windy. Highlight was several close encounters with four Gray Whales traveling south.
01/11/20162 Gray Whales, Brown Footed Boobies5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We had a beautiful morning with diminishing swells and an enthusiastic crowd. Captain Jules found us 2 southbound Gray Whales to trail for some wonderful views of blow, snorkeling and flukes. Brown Footed Boobies and sea lions also put on a show.

Afternoon Cruise: Beautiful conditions! Very little wind/swell with only slight sun glare. Had a group of 5 southbound Gray Whales who gave a great show just in front of the bow with lots of blows and flukes, including a synchronized triple fluke and several double flukes.
01/10/20162 Gray Whales4 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Quiet morning and relatively calm seas. 2 Gray Whales followed. Gave us lots of tail flukes.

Afternoon Cruise: Overcast weather, but great views of the whales. Guests were able to see 2 whales traveling together with tail flukes and two other whales traveling solo.
01/09/201615 Gray Whales, 20 Common Dolphin4 Gray Whales, 500 Common DolphinMorning Cruise: First sighting brought a cow/calf pair with the rest of the day just getting better. We spotted a total of three cow/calf pairs and an active group of four totaling 15 whales. Many folks from around the U.S. enjoyed the sunshine.

Afternoon Cruise: After a morning ride with 15 Grays including 3 calves you may think that will be tough to beat..... we came close in the afternoon. With a new set of passengers Captain Chad brought us out and found 4 Grays including one large possibly pregnant female. Next a rainbow and some hot cocoa and a drive out and up toward the weather buoy we were able to get on a nursery pod of 500+ Common Dolphins heading quickly up and out who had no problem surging toward the boat to ride the bow. Let the dolphins go away for awhile and suddenly come back and you realize by the squeaks and squeals the passengers make how much the dolphins add to the trips. The energy and excitement of passengers skyrocket and spreads throughout the boat. Great day on the water!
01/08/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/07/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/06/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/05/2016N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
01/04/20167 Gray Whales7 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We saw seven whales in the morning, a few singles, a pair and a nice trio that was up on the surface rolling around for us.
Afternoon Cruise: The pm trip was more of the same but with much better weather, the sun came out and we saw seven more whales.
01/03/20168 Gray Whales5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: 8 Total Gray Whales.
Afternoon Cruise: 5 miles off for 5 single Gray Whales. Good show with flat seas
01/02/20167 Gray Whales8 Gray Whales, 1 Common Dolphin, Pelagic Red CrabsMorning cruise: A beautiful, calm, sunny day out on the water. We experienced two sightings of a mother Gray Whale and her calf. In the midst of our two mother & calf sightings we also saw three other adult Gray Whales.

Afternoon cruise: Several Gray Whale sightings with a grand total of 8. Many blows and flukes were seen along with a rare sighting of at least a hundred thousand Pelagic Red Crabs. We also saw one solo Common Dolphin.
01/01/20168 Gray Whales, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 30 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: (8) Gray Whales, Great show, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins
Afternoon Cruise: (4) Gray Whales, lots of tails! 30 Bottlenose Dolphins
12/31/20154 Gray Whales, 20 Common Dolphins12 Gray WhalesMorning cruise: Wonderful calm day. We headed north and found 3 different Gray Whales by the kelp beds then headed out another mile or so and saw several Common Dolphins , then followed another whale south and enjoyed fluking and a beautiful spout.

Afternoon Cruise: What an incredible trip! As we left the bay we saw several spouts in the distance but couldn't follow because they were close to Mexican waters. Then we saw three individual Gray Whale spouts but no tail flukes. Then we watched a group of three Gray Whales circling each other and saw numerous tail flukes. But right as we were about to turn back, there was a group of four adult Gray Whales circling each other, blowing spouts one after another very close to the boat. Fortunately, the boat captain stayed with this group for quite a long while. On the way back, there was another Gray Whale but said we were already late getting back so weren't able to hang out with it. It was an outstanding day, seeing at least 12 adult whales. The captain said there had been a report of a single Humpback Whale so he went to investigate but never found it.
12/30/20156 Gray Whales6 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Six Grays seen. One Gray gave us a great show breaching many times and showing great fluking.

Afternoon Cruise: Large crowd from many different parts of the world. Very clear, sunny day. Many whale blows all around the boat. Six close sightings. One fluke very close to the boat. Finished up with a nice pair of Gray whales that spent a lot of time hanging out on either side of the boat not really moving south, just staying in the area. Nice weather, also we saw more Brown Footed Boobie birds on the channel markers.
12/29/20159 Gray Whales7 Gray Whales, 40 Common DolphinsWonderful sunny day on the ocean. We saw whales off Point Loma and at least 15 throughout the day. There was a group of four that were swimming together and consistently fluking together. We had passengers from around the world and the U.S., Switzerland, Italy, Canada - Denver, Michigan, Vermont Arizona , and Oklahoma. Both AM and PM cruises were full, which made it a very enjoyable cruise for all. We saw a 4 Gray Whales and two pairs and a single in the morning, and couple pairs of whales and a trio in the afternoon, and 40 Common Dolphins on the way in. Nice weather, also we are seeing Brown Footed Boobie birds on the channel markers.
12/28/20153 Gray Whales, 2 Pacific White Sided Dolphins5 Gray Whales, 12 Common DolphinsIn the morning, after a smooth ride south, we spotted an adult Gray and were treated to extended views of snorkeling behavior and flukes before sounding. In the afternoon, a marching band from Medina brought their spirit to the trip! 300 high school voices hurrayed when the first fluke appeared!
12/27/20152 Gray whales, 1 pod of Pacific White-sided dolphins2 adult Gray whales, 1 pregnant female Gray whale, 25 Bottlenosed DolphinsToday was an ideal whale watching day under sunny skies and smooth seas. Two whales were sighted in the morning. One of them treated the guests to an unusual roll over to expose his belly and bringing his fin out of the water. They also saw a pod of Pacific White-sided dolphins. Passengers on the afternoon cruise saw a pod of about 25 Bottlenose dolphins. They then enjoyed lengthy viewing of two adult whales snorkeling and flunking repeatedly. One very large whale may have been a pregnant female. The guests from a over the world, including Scotland, enjoyed a lovely rainbow followed by a spectacular sunset as we returned to the dock. (reported by Sue from SDtheNat.)
12/26/2015N/A12 Grays total for the dayMorning cruise cancelled due to rough seas.

We saw 12 gray whales total, a trio and then a quad, and then another group of three and then two more on the way in. Plenty of whales but rough seas.
12/25/2015N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
12/24/2015N/A3 Gray WhalesMorning cruise cancelled due to rough seas.

200 passengers representing all parts of the U.S, and several international guests. A couple from San Diego has taken the Christmas Eve Whale Watch for the last 5 years - their holiday tradition. 3 adult whales together with active fluking and one single adult. Nice weather with rough seas.We saw 4 Gray Whales total, a trio and then a single, but it was very rough. Capt. Julie Peet reported a chilly cruise with 7' seas and 15 knot winds, cloudy.
12/23/2015N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
12/22/2015N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
12/21/20154 Gray Whales4 Gray WhalesCaptain Nick Kriesel report clear weather and sightings of 4 gray whales per trip.
12/20/20152 single Gray Whale, 2 pods of 2 gray whales2 single gray whalesGood show from the whales those winds were blowing seas up to 7 feet today.
12/19/20151 gray whale, small pod of dolphin1 Gray WhaleClear, calm and warm. Guests were extremely please for views of a single Gray Whale. Good Show, with lots of compliments on narration and whales!
12/18/20155 Gray Whales (1 cow/calf pair), 40 Common Dolphins, 1 breaching adult!7 Gray WhalesThe southbound march of the Eastern Pacific Gray Whales is on in earnest. Morning guests observed a cow/calf pair--the calf only a few days old, still showing it's fetal folds. Additionally, folks got to see a breaching adult, among the five gray whales spotted. Forty common dolphins were observed as well. The afternoon trip was terrific,too….no less than seven gray whales observed, many showing their tail flukes on deep dives. Some of the guests also got to see a few Pacific white-sided dolphins. The photos attached, not great, are from the afternoon trip. One shows a very white patch on a whale--this one I have seen in past years - an excellent means of identification. Additionally, always fun to see a "rainbow" blow. Great conditions on the water today; the passengers were thrilled with the sightings - and for many of them it was a first time to ever see a whale! (reported by theNat Naturalist, Diane Cullins)
12/17/20151 Gray Whale5 Gray Whales, 40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins, 20 Brown BoobiesMorning Cruise: Clear morning with good visibility. Spotted a single adult Gray southbound in the morning. She fluked many times.

Afternoon Cruise: Saw 5 adult Gray Whales right at the border. On the way north, we go into 30-40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins and 20 or so Brown Boobies, feeding and flying. On the way in, we located another Gray Whale.

Fun note: One of the whalers alerted Captain to a family who has been whaling with us for 7 years, always on December 17. They came into the pilothouse for a tour and said today was their best day yet!
12/16/20152 Gray Whales, 50 Common Dolphins, 11 Brown BoobiesWhale Checks Issued*Morning Cruise: The cruise consisted of visitors from Colorado, Wisconsin, and China. The weather was relatively calm with very clear skies. It was a small group of passengers, less than 20. We saw two very cooperative grey whales, a small pod of approximately 50 common dolphins, 1 harbor seal, 11 brown boobies, and 1 sabine gull, but no partridge in a pear tree.

Afternoon Cruise: The skies were beautiful and clear with relatively calm seas. The cruise had visitors from France, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Belgium, and many parts of the USA. Captain Nick gave it his ‘all’, but the whales must still be Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, there were no sightings of dolphins or whales this afternoon. We did see approximately 11 brown boobies, 7 pelicans, and approximately 25 gulls.
12/15/20152 Gray Whales, 50 Common Dolphins4 Gray WhalesIt was a great first day on the water and to start the season. 2 Grays and 50 Common Dolphin in the morning. The afternoon we had another pair with one that is possibly pregnant. All whales in close to kelp and heading through the SD buoy. Great looks throughout the day on what was very smooth medium to large swells. Cold outdoors, so coffee was extra good. Note… on the way in another pair of gray whales were seen in the distance as the sun went down and backlit their giant blows.
12/14/2015N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
12/13/2015N/AN/ACruise cancelled due to rough seas.
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Hornblower Veteran Captain Passes Away


Hornblower Cruises & Events regretfully announces the passing of veteran employee, Captain Richard Goben, who helped shape the personality of the company for more than two decades. According to Hornblower – San Diego General Manager Jim Unger, “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report that our beloved Captain Rich Goben passed away…