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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.
12/09/17 5 Common Dolphins, 10+ Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbor Seal, 6 California Sea Lions, 1 Mola mola N/A Morning Cruise: A gorgeous, calm and sunny first day of winter whale watching! Despite the perfect conditions, we didn’t see any baleen whales today. We did briefly spot about 5 common dolphins that briefly swam over to the bow of the Adventure Hornblower along with some Bottlenose Dolphins in the distance. Sightings of California Sea lions were scattered throughout the cruise along with a Harbor Seal resting at the surface in a kelp paddy. In a few areas small groups gulls, terns, brown pelicans, cormorants, shearwaters, auklets and other sea birds dove, rested and flew above the water’s surface.

Afternoon Cruise: No afternoon Cruise.

12/10/17 1 Humpback Whale, 300+ Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale, 12+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins Morning Cruise: Beautiful and calm seas with great viewing conditions. Captain Chad located a Humpback Whale , which we watched surface several times and even lift its gorgeous tail flukes above the surface. A little later we encountered a playful group of Common Dolphins that leaped and played near the boat. We also spotted a Mola mola (ocean sunfish) and a brown boobie (seabird).

Afternoon Cruise: The warm and calm conditions continued into the afternoon. Soon after leaving San Diego Bay, we spotted a Gray Whale and spent nearly 2 hours watching this beautiful baleen whale. We also spotted a group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Hooray for the first Gray Whale of the season!