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Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

April 18-24

Date Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise Notes
4/24/14 2 gray whales, common dolphins *whalechecks During a beautiful day guests enjoyed the trip with 2 gray whale sightings and many common and bottle-nose dolphins.
4/23/14 60 common dolphins, mylar mylar, 2 gray whales No afternoon cruise Throughout the day several pods of common dolphins and several bottlenose in the bay. Guest saw bottlenose dolphins in the bay and mother and calf near the end of trip.
4/22/14 4 gray whales, 300 common dolphins No afternoon cruise Guest were treated to 2 pair of mom and calf gray whales plus 500 bottlenose dolphins
4/21/14 2 minke, 50 common dolphins No afternoon cruise Good views in clear cool skies guests saw 2 minke plus 50 common dolphins.
4/20/14 3 gray whales, 3 bottlenose 5 gray whales, 6 bottlenose All went well and guest were happy…..found a large mola-mola out there…on the way back in to the dock we came across some common dolphins who were with a cow/calf pair near the kelp beds. Some whales zig-zagged through the kelp we managed to give the passengers some good views. Seeing the small fluke prints of the calf was awesome! Another cow/calf pair came into view on our way back into the bay….we also had some bottlenose dolphin in the bay.
4/19/14 4 gray whales 2 minke whales It was a great day on the ocean with a gray whale mom and her calf spotted. We had common dolphins feeding along the kelp. In the afternoon we had many fun and exciting passengers on board. 2 minke whales were swimming under and around out boat.
4/18/14 4 gray whales, 300 common dolphins No afternoon cruise Gray whale and her calf heading up north were spotted just outside the bay in shallow water. Many common dolphins jumping clear out of the water plus 2 bottlenose in the bay

San Diego Whale Watching 2014 Season


April 11- April 17

Date Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise Notes
4/17/14 2 gray whales, 200 common dolphins No afternoon cruise Mom and Calf provided guests with a great view plus 200 common dolphins
4/16/14 2 gray whales, 300 common dolphins No afternoon cruise Guests were treated to Amazing morning cruise found a pod of 300 common dolphins and found a mother and calve fin whale that put on the best show.
4/14/14 2 fin whales, 500 common dolphins 2 gray whales Guest saw two fin whales and a pod of 500 common dolphins plus two grey whales (cow/calf) they put on a great show for the guests. A Humpback whale was seen a the entrance to the harbor.
4/13/14 *whalechecks 1 humpback, 200 common dolphins In calm seas during the day guests saw one humpback whale and 200 common dolphins.
4/12/14 2 fin whales,500 common dolphins 2 gray whales Guests saw 2 fin whales and a pod of 500 common dolphins, plus a mom and calf.
4/11/14 1 humpback whale, 50 bottlenose dolphins. 50 bottlenose dolphins Guests saw 100 common dolphins and a humpback whale feeding on an abundant supply of fish. On the way out 2 mola-mola fish were spotted as well as 25 bottlenose dolphin.

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Humpback Whales being seen on San Diego Whale Watching Cruises on Hornblower





Photos by Ken Shelby, captured these great images of a breaching Humpback Whale just off Mission Bay from the rails of Hornblower on their recent whale watching cruise. Mr Shelby is a frequent cruiser aboard Hornblower Cruises Whale Watching Cruise because he is one of the trained Naturalist from San Diego Natural History Museum. Ken said that this whale breached about

This time of year, Hornblower Cruises sees a variety of whales on their whale watching cruises. In addition to Gray whales, humpback whales, Minke whales, fin back whales and Blue Whales are seen. The Gray Whale watching season ends on April 27th as the last of the migrating mammals travel by the San Diego coast.

Blue Whale watching season will begin on July 5th on Hornblower Cruises. Click to buy a season pass or just a one day admission for this exciting new  cruise being offered by Hornblower Cruises!



San Diego Whale Watching Report for 4/3 – present


Whale Watching Report for April 3- April 10

Date Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise Notes
4/10/2014 2 fin whales, 200 common dolphins *whalechecks During a cool and overcast morning the Captain cruised our about 9 miles viewing 2 fin whales and common dolphins.
4/09/2014 4 fin whales, 1 mom & calf gray whale, 200 common dolphins 2 gray whales, and 1 juvenile gray whale Great views all day with a mom and calf gray whale and about 200 common dolphins. Guests said they have lots of fun. The whale sightings were up close and personal with 2 juvenile and 2 adult gray whales.
04/08/2014 1 minke whales, 60 bottlenose dolphins, mother and calf gray whale 2 gray whales, 40-60 bottlenose dolphins The Captain took out our guest to the 9 mile bank for a peek at the elusive minke whale, and then a mother gray whale and her calf were seen at the kelp beds. Two juvenile gray whales then northwest 2 more gray whales were spotted plus bottlenose dolphins.
4/07/2014 1 minke, 30 bottlenose dolphins 2 gray whales, 200 dolphins The trip was extra special due to guests were able to see “Patches” the spotted dolphin that has been seen along the coast. Guests were thrilled and had wonderful views. Two gray whales came out to play, plus 2000 common dolphins.
4/06/2014 500 common dolphins 200 common dolphins The dolphins were the star of the show for the day with a total of 500 common dolphins. Guests gave many compliments on the narration.*whalechecks
04/05/2014 3 gray whales,800-100 common dolphins 40 bottlenose dolphins, 2500 common dolphins. Guests witnessed mating, rolling and breaching of 3 gray whales, plus many dolphins during clear weather. 2500 common dolphins came out and gave a great show with about 40 bottlenose dolphins in the mix.
04/04/2014 500 common dolphins 1 fin whale The total on the trips for the day included a Gray whale mom and her calf plus one fin whale and about 500 common dolphins