San Diego Whale Watching Report 2012-2013

Daily Log of our 2012-2013 San Diego Whale Watching Report

Dates

Morning Cruise

Afternoon Cruise

4/28/13 1 Fin Whale, Common Dolphins 1000 Common Dolphins
4/27/13 2 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Blue Whale 1 Huge Blue Whale, 1500 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
4/26/13 Afternoon Cruise Only 2 Gray Whales, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins, 400 Common Dolphins
4/24/13 Afternoon Cruise Only 2 Blue Whales, 500 Bottlenose Dolphins
4/23/13 Afternoon Cruise Only 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 200 Common Dolphins
4/21/13 1 Blue Whale 1 Fin Whale, 4 Gray Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins
4/20/13 Blue Whales Blue Whales
4/19/13 1 Fin Whale 2 Blue Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins
4/18/13 No sightings 1 Fin Whale, 500 Common Dolphins
4/17/13 Cruise cancelled due to weather Several Blue Whales with excellent view, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 50 Common Dolphins
4/16/13 Cruise cancelled due to weather Cruise cancelled due to weather
4/15/13 1 Fin Whale Cruise Cancelled due to weather
4/14/13 2 Blue Whales with tail flukes, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins 1 Blue Whale, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Gray Whale, 1000 Common Dolphins
4/13/13 2 Fin Whales Mating, 1000 Pelagic Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 500 Bottlenose Dolphins
4/12/13 3 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 3000 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales, 500 Common Dolphins
4/11/13 1 Fin Whale, 20 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale
4/10/13 3 Gray Whales 1 Humpback Whale, 500 Common Dolphins
4/9/13 Cancelled due to weather Cancelled due to weather
4/8/13 Cancelled due to weather Cancelled due to weather
4/7/13 1 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 500 Palegic Dolphins 2 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1000 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
4/6/13 2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1 Gray Whale, 500 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 3 Gray Whales (1 breaching), 1 Mola Mola, 500 Common Dolphins
4/5/13 1 Fin Whale, 500 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
4/4/13 2 Humpback Whales, 3000 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 600 Common Dolphins
4/3/13 3 Fin Whales, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins Group of 7 Gray Whales with great views, 1500 Common Dolphins, 1 Blue Whale
4/2/13 2 Minke Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins 8 Gray Whales, 300 Bottlenose Dolphins
4/1/13 1 Fin Whale, 2 Minke Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 3000 Common Dolphins 5 Gray Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 50 Common Dolphins
3/31/13 Fin Whales and thousands of dolphins, a great show! 3 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, thousands of Dolphins
3/30/13 1 Humpback Whale, 300+ Common Dolphins 1 Mola Mola, 600+ Common Dolphins
3/29/13 1 Fin Whale, 2 Minke Whales 2 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins
3/28/13 5 Gray Whales, 2 breaching Humpback Whales, 200 Common Dolphins 1 Humbpack Whale, 500 Common Dolphins
3/27/13 2 Minke Whales, 1 Gray Whale breatching and 3 more Gray Whales 5 Gray Whales with a spectacular show, 300 Bottlenose Dolphins
3/26/13 6 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins 2 Minke Whales, 800 White Sided Dolphins
3/25/13 10 Gray Whales, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Menke Whale with great views.  Menke Whale breached and was swimming close to boat
3/24/13 3 Minke Whales came up along the boat, 1 Gray Whale, 600+ Palegic Bottlenose Dolphins 1 Humbpack Whale came right up to the boat with slapping and breaching, great show.  Small mega pod of 3500 Common Dolphins
3/23/13 4 Gray Whales breaching, 2 Minke Whales breaching, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 large Mola Mola, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1000 Common Dolphins 10 Gray Whales with close views, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1000 Common Dolphins
3/22/13 6 Gray Whales, 600 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1000 Common Dolphins 600 Palegic Bottlenose Dolphins, 3 Gray Whales
3/21/13 2 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales Pod of 3 Gray Whales with great views and another 3 Gray Whales in the distance, 1000+ Common Dolpins
3/20/13 7 Gray Whales, 30+ Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 500 Palegic Bottlenose Dolphins
3/19/13 1 Gray Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 4 Gray Whales, 400+ Common Dolphins, 20+ Bottlenose Dolphins.  Great shows for the day!
3/18/13 27 total Gray Whales, 1 mom/calf pair, 2 juveniles with excellent views, 50+ Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale with excellent views, 4 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 500+ Common Dolphins, 20+ Bottlenose Dolphins
3/17/13 6 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 4 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins, 2 humpbacks breaching (at least 30 times), once both whales in the air at the same time, several Aetna poses, fin slaps, tail lobbing, and fluking.  A couple of the flukings were within 100 feet of the boat!
3/16/13 5 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 200 Common Dolphins 8 Gary Whales, 50+ Bottlenose Dolphins
3/15/13 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales,   200 Bottlenose Dolphins
3/14/13 3 Gray Whales, 300 Bottlenose Dolphins 1  Humpback whale that breached 20 times, 2 Gray Whales, 300+ Dolphins
3/13/13 1 Fin Whale, 300 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin
3/12/13 100 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale with tail flukes and good spout, 100+ Common Dolphins
3/11/13 600 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins
3/10/13 5 Gray Whales 3 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins
3/7/13 2 Humpback Whales 2 Finback Whales that came right up to the boat, 3 Gray Whales two of them were Mom and Calf
3/6/13 5 Gray Whales with a great show, came right up next to the boat.  1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale N/A
3/5/13 3 Fin Whales 2 Fin Whales
3/4/13 6 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 200 Common Dolphins  1 Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, 12 common whales
3/3/13 6 Gray Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 300 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales, 7 Fin Whales and 5 Bottle Nose, 500 Common Dolphins
3/2/13 1 Fin Whale, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins, 200 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 5 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins. Whales came up next to the boat and went under the boat, guests very excited
3/1/13 3 Gray Whales and 1 Fin Whale 2 Finback whales
2/28/13 6 Gray Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins 3 very large Fin Whales and pods of 2 and 3 Gray Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins
2/27/13 1 Gray Whale and scattered dolphins 4 Gray Whales and 600 Common Dolphins
2/26/13 N/A 4 Gray whales
2/25/13 8 Gray Whales, 1000 Common Dolphins 7 Gray Whales and Common Dolphins
2/24/13 1 Gray Whale 2 Gray Whales
2/23/13 40 Bottlenose dolphins, 60 Common Dolphins.  One large Mola Mola. Bottlenose dolphins.  Two adult Gray whales, One breached four times
2/22/13 N/A 1 Gray Whale and 100 Common Dolphins
2/21/13 1 Gray Whale 2 Gray Whales
2/20/13 5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins 5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins
2/19/13 2 Grays, 2 Humpbacks, 2 Fins 2 Humpbacks
2/18/13 2 Grey Whales and 1000 Common Dolphin 2 Grey whales and 1000 Common Dolphin
2/17/13 2 Grey Whales and 1000 Common Dolphin 2 Grey whales and 1000 Common Dolphin
2/16/13 4 Greys and Dolphins 7 Greys and Dolphins
2/15/13 7 Grey Whales, 7 Dolphins 2 Grey Whales, And 2000 Common Dolphins
2/14/13 Mega Pod of Dolphins A mom and Calf pair and also 500 Common Dolphins
2/13/13 2 Humpbacks 3 Gray whales and 1 breach White Sided dolphin
2/12/13 2 Gray whales and Humpback whale, 1000 Common dolphin Humpback whale and 1000 Common dolphin
2/11/13 5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins 3 Gray whales, 200 Common dolphins
2/10/13 2 Gray whales and 200 common dolphin 3 Gray whales, Pacific White Sided dolphins and Common dolphins
2/9/13 2 Finback whales, 2 Humpback whales 4 Gray whales, 2 were mating, one breaching several times. 200 White Sided dolphins, guests saw everything!
2/7/13 1 Gray whale, 2 Humpbacks and dolphins 4 Gray whales, 50 dolphins
2/6/13 2 Gray whales 2 Gray whales
2/5/13 1 Gray whale 1 Gray whale
2/4/13 2500 Common dolphins, 20 Bottlenose dolphins 100 Common dolphins, 3 Gray whales
2/3/13 6 Gray whale adults  breaching, snorkelling and courting. 100 common dolphins 3 Bottlenose dolphins. 6 adults travelling together, and 1 cow calf diving & snorkelling together
2/2/13 6 Adult Gray Whales, with lots of flukes, 100 common dolphins and 6 Bottlenose dolphins. 3 Gray whales and 100+ dolphins
2/1/13 7 Gray whales 3 Finback whales- Great Show! 2 Adults and 1 Baby Finback
1/31/13 1 Gray whale 6 Gray whales
1/30/13 11 Grays, stopped at 4 different pairs, 30+ Common dolphins
1/29/13 4 Gray whales 5 Gray whales
1/27/13 3 Finback whales, Came up next to the boat once I got in position as we drifted for over an hour! 2 of the whales mated, and again hang out along side the Adventure Most of the trip. AMAZING EVENT! 150+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins 1 Finback whale, 3 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins
1/26/13 6 Gray whales
1/25/13 2 Gray whales and Common dolphins 8 Gray whales, 500 Common dolphins
1/24/13 3 Gray’s-2 Breaches! 30 Common dolphins, 12 Bottle Nose Female & 2 Calf Gray whales! 3 Gray’s, spotted a calf on SD Buoy on the way in for 10-min. came up next to the boat,  Guests were very excited!  150-Common dolphins, a large school of 3000+-Bottle Nose
1/23/13 5 Gray whales, 400 dolphins 5 Gray whales
1/22/13 Pair of Gray whales, lots of tail flukes Mother and calf, 4 single Gray whales
1/20/13 5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins 5 Gray whales, 1000 Common dolphins
1/19/13 4 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins. Mother and calf whale put on a great show! 6 Grays, one group of 3 put on a nice show. 6000 Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins
1/17/13 4 Gray whales, 50 Common dolphins 8 Gray whales, 2 pair of mother and calf
1/16/13 6 Gray whales, 30+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins 3 Grays in one pack, 1 of which was a newborn. 1 of the females breached. 300+ Common dolphins, 6 Bottlenose dolphins. Beginning of trip had 1 Humpback breach 3 times!
1/15/13 pod of 7 Gray whales altogether. 7 tail flukes, 7 blows, several breaches, great show! 6 Gray whales
1/14/13 5 Gray whales, 50 Common dolphins. Lots of tail flukes! 4 Gray whales, including 1 newborn!
1/13/13 6 Gray whales, lots of tail flukes 5 Gray whales
1/12/13 12 Gray whales, great views, tail flukes! 50 Common dolphins 12 Gray whales, 2 breaches! 50 Rizzo’s dolphins, a spectacular day!
1/9/13 6 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins, 6 tail flukes and 3 breaches 15-20 Gray whales, 500 dolphins. Lots of tail flukes!
1/8/13 6 Gray whales, 300+ Pacific White Sided dolphins, 80+ Common dolphins, 1 Mola-Mola Saw spouts everywhere! Got close to 5 Gray whales about 20 Pacific White Sided dolphin.  Lots of tail flukes and 3 breaches from a distance
1/7/13 Several pairs of Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins, 1 Mola-Mola 16 Grays, we were in a pod of 8-9 whales in mating/courtship mode! 3500+ Common dolphins, 250+ Pacific White Sided dolphins
1/6/13 AM trip saw a group of six Gray whales, lots of tail flukes even body rolls. 50 common dolphin Saw spouts everywhere! Got close to 5 Gray whales about 20 Pacific White Sided dolphin.  Lots of tail flukes and 3 breaches from a distance
1/5/13 43 Gray whales, 1 breach & 3500+ Pacific White Sided dolphins, 250 Common dolphins 7 Gray whales, 500+ Common dolphins
1/4/13 12 Gray whales 5 Gray whales, saw a mother and calf
1/3/13 17 whales, Mother and Calf pair, 1 whale breached 3 times. A pod of 6 grays came very close to us.A SPECTACULAR DAY. 14 whales! About 200 Common Dolphins as well! Close views, tail flukes and just the best day ever. Our guests had a wonderful experience. Total whales for this day is 31!
1/2/13 1 Gray whale, 2 Finback whales, Common dolphins 7 Gray whales with multiple tail flukes, Common dolphins
1/1/13 3 Grays 10 Gray whales all Showing tails, 100 Dolphins.
12/29/12 6 Gray whales Mother Gray and Calf pair spotted, then 4 more for total of 6 Grays: Rainy, but good whales!
12/18/12 2 Gray whales near the kelp line, and some dolphins 2 Finback whales, and 1 jumping leaping Humpback whale!
12/17/12 5 Gray whales, 1 breach, 6 spy hops! 6 Finback whales, 1 Humpback whale, tons of Sea Lions on bait barges!
12/15 & 12/16 Single Gray whale to the south. Got to it, it breached three times, starting a good show. 30+ Bottlenose dolphins in Bay We saw one single Gray whale.  We saw multiple spouts and 3 or 4 tail flukes, no dolphins
12/11 & 12 Captain Bill called in another exciting afternoon Whale Watching report. This time he said that 5 Fin Whales hung out with the Adventure Hornblower giving guests great views for over an hour!More pictures to follow! By far the best whale watching experience so far!! All of the staff were very nice and accommodating, especially seeing as I had a service dog with me, FIVE STARS!
12/10/2012 We had a great trip today – 10 or so fin whales in the morning and  5 or 6 fin whales in the afternoon with 2 humpbacks and on the way in to the dock we saw gray whales in the distance. Common dolphins bow riding a few miles off Point Loma on the way out and 6 bottlenose dolphins in the bay on the way into the dock. What a great season so far – 3 of the four kinds of whales seen off San Diego coast all in the first 5 days of the whale watching season! Captain Bill Reese just called in an reported a great morning of Whale Watching so far, with 4 huge pregnant female Gray Whales  giving great views to whale watchers and hanging with the Hornblower Ship for a long time this morning. Also hundreds of dolphins were spotted on this calm, warm Santa Anna-condition day.
12/9/2012 Humpback 20,000+ Pacific White Sided dolphins, 150 Common dolphins, 1Humpbackbreaching over 19 times for guests!
12/8/2012 Bottlenose dolphins in bay.  Single large Mola Mola. Two Finback whales on the north side of the bank. Single large Brown Booby circling the boat 4-6 scattered Fin Whales feeding, with a single Humpback among them. Humpback breached 19 times with fin slaps