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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.

San Diego Bay’s Reptilian Residents

green sea turtle

Green Sea Turtle with satellite tag

Did you know Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) are native to San Diego? These aquatic herbivores (vegetarians) are attracted to the bay’s warm, shallow waters where they can find food in the abundant eelgrass beds. The turtles feed on seaweed and sea grasses along the Southern California coast and migrate to nesting grounds off the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Recently several green turtles have been spotted at several locations within the San Diego Harbor including by the Hornblower boat docks. These include the turtle pictured above, which was released along with several others with satellite tags offshore of San Diego. These green turtles are part of a joint sea turtle tracking study involving researchers from SeaWorld and National Marine Fisheries Service.

 

Winner of Captain Richard Goben Safety Award Announced

Join me in congratulating the recipient of the inaugural company “safety” honor named for legendary crew member Captain Richard Goben.  Captain Brian Gavin, from Northern California port, was the first of what will be now known as the “Captain Richard Goben Hornblower Safety Award“. Gordon Loebl,Senior VP, Maritime & Engineering from Hornblower Cruises & Events said:…

Blue Whale Watching Season is about to Begin!

HORNBLOWER’S BLUE WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURES GIVE PASSENGERS THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME Starting June 30th, Whale Watching Tours Depart Friday to Monday at 9am From Downtown San Diego   San Diego, California (June 1, 2017) – Starting June 30th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will once again offer Blue Whale Watching to San Diego visitors and…

John Wayne Birthday Cruises (Newport Beach) – May 18-June 18

HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS ANNOUNCES ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO BOARD THE POPULAR JOHN WAYNE BIRTHDAY CRUISES IN NEWPORT BEACH ON THE WILD GOOSE  Newport Beach, California (April 12, 2017) – Hornblower Cruises & Events is once again hosting the successful annual series of John Wayne Birthday Dining Cruises aboard his famous yacht, the Wild Goose…