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DateMorning CruiseAfternoon CruiseNotes
4/22/18600+ Common Dolphins, 50+ Bottlenose DolphinsN/AMorning Cruise: Glorious blue sky and beautiful conditions today. While we did not spot any baleen whales, we did see hundreds of dolphins. We first encountered a huge herd of about 600 Common Dolphins that swam with the boat for a while as they feasted on schooling fish just below the water's surface. We then spotted a herd of offshore Bottlenose Dolphins including an old friend-Patches- a a dolphin with distinctive dark and light skin pigmentation! Patches and many other dolphins bow rode- what a treat! What a wonderful "last day" of the 2017-18 Gray Whale season. We'll be back to searching for whales beginning June 29 for our Summer season.

4/21/181 Fin WhaleN/AMorning Cruise: We headed all the way out 12 miles for a brief glimpse of a Fin Whale. The wind and ocean swell increased by the end of the cruise.
4/20/185 Gray Whales, 200+ Common DolphinsN/AMorning Cruise: Departed under clear and sunny skies, but windy with 3-5 foot swells. It was a great day on the ocean! We spotted 5 Gray Whales and 200+ Common Dolphins! Our first whale was our old friend at the mouth of SD Bay, this whale is 25-30 feet long and is in 15-20 feet of water. We spent 45 minutes with the whale swimming all around the boat while feeding. The whale was so close you could heard it breathe. We departed and went offshore where we came across 4 northbound Gray Whales- a mother and calf and 2 juveniles. As we were following them they swam directly beneath the bow of the boat. It was great watching all four whales coming up for a breath at the same time. Our final look was a great tail fluke by the mother whale as we turned off to see a herd of 200+ Common Dolphin that surrounded the boat. We played with the dolphins for about 20 minutes- enjoying their antics of jumping out of the water and swimming in the boat’s wake. The ocean started getting very rough so we went in for a last look at the close Gray Whale near the jetty and then called it a day.

Afternoon Cruise: Cruise cancelled due to high sea swells.
4/19/181 Gray Whale, 40+ Common DolphinsN/AMorning Cruise:
Departed under rain showers and a stiff wind. Seas 3-5 feet. We spotted our first whale just off the mouth of Pt. Loma. This is the same whale that has been in this area for almost a month now! The whale is 25 to 30 feet long ang milling about in about 15 to 20 feet of water. The whale is so use to boats being around it ,that it comes up right next to the boat for spectular views of the entire animal! We observed the whale feeding on the bottom around the boat for about an hour and then departed off shore to look for dolphin. We came upon a pod of 30 to 40 common dolphin feeding on a school of bait fish about 5 miles from the whale. We watched the dolphins for 20 minutes and then went back in shore for a last look at the whale.

Afternoon Cruise: Whale Watching Cruise cancelled due to high winds and sea swells.
4/18/18100+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsN/AMorning Cruise: Gusty winds and bumpy seas this morning. While we didn't spot any baleen whales, we did see a huge herd of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Whale Watching Cruise cancelled due to high winds and sea swells.
4/17/18N/AN/AWhale Watching Cruise cancelled due to high winds and sea swells.
4/16/181 Gray Whale, 100+ Common DolphinsN/AMorning Cruise: We started our day with high clouds and a bit of a breeze while exiting the harbor. As we ventured out we spotted a spout in the Zuniga Jetty in which we came across the juvenile Gray Whale who has made the jetty its temporary home away from home for the past few weeks. After spending about 15 minutes observing its whale, we made our way carefully out of the jetty to the open ocean. (Thanks Captain Rick for your safe guidance out of there!) We traveled for 20 or so minutes and noticed a tremendous amount of seabird activity involved in eating the small fish- always a great sign that dolphins are approaching the area. We were so excited to see about 100+ Common Dolphins stay with the Hornblower for about 20 minutes. The guests aboard were so excited to see the dolphins riding the waves and you could hear the shouts of glee coming from all aboard. After our wonderful dolphin experience we headed out west to see if we could find more activity. There were some swells and more wind but we ventured onward. The Hornblower guests were able to see California Sea Lions feeding offshore in another nutrient-rich area. We continued our search for the elusive Gray Whales and after awhile we decided to head back to get a last glimpse of the juvenile Gray Whale by the Zuniga Jetty.

Afternoon Cruise: Cruise cancelled due to high winds and sea swells.
4/15/1820+ Common Dolphins15 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: Although Captain Chad searched far and wide, no baleen whales including Gray Whales were spotted to day. In the morning, we encountered a few scattered small groups of Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: The wind increased during the afternoon giving us a bumpy ride. We found about 15 offshore Bottlenose Dolphins about 9 miles out to sea.
4/14/183 Gray Whales, 5 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 1000+ Common DOolphinsMorning Cruise: on our way out of the bay, we spotted the subadult Gray Whale that has been milling about near the jetty at the entrance. We also were lucky to watch a mother calf pair that were heading north and a few Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We found another mother-calf pair that were traveling north. We also encountered a huge herd of Common Dolphins.
4/13/18N/AN/AWhale Watching Cruise cancelled due to high winds and sea swells.
4/12/18N/AN/AWhale Watching Cruise cancelled due to high winds and sea swells.
4/11/18500+ Common Dolphins, 1 Mola mola2 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins, 1 Risso's Dolphin, 1 Mako SharkMorning Cruise: Although Gray Whales eluded us this morning, we had a blast watching a large herd of Common Dolphins that rode the boat's bow and stern wakes. We also spotted a Mola mola (ocean sunfish) resting at the surface.

Afternoon Cruise: A beautiful afternoon! We headed out of the bay to the 9 mile bank. After 30 minutes we encountered a quick look at a Mako shark that was chasing two small fish for its lunch. We continue our westerly course and finally encountered 2 Gray Whales that were heading north. We believe that they were an adult and a juvenile. We enjoyed views of the whales' backs and spouts. As we headed back to the bay, we encountered 500+ Common Dolphins with one Risso's Dolphin leading the pack. The dolphins stayed with us surfing the waves at the bow and stern of the boat of the ship and taking the waves in the back. Several guests were impressed with our Captain Michael who did an excellent job of searching for grays, narrating our journey and information about marine life in our ocean waters.
4/10/182 Gray Whales, 25+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins5 Gray Whales. 6 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We started the trip with a subadult Gray Whale right off the mouth of SD Bay. This whale has been in this area for 3-4 weeks. The whale is 25-35 feet long and swimming very slowly in about 15-20 feet of water. The whale swims slowly around the boat giving spectacular views of its entire body. The whale seems to be very boat friendly. We watched it for about 45 minutes before venturing offshore to search for other marine life. We came across a solo juvenile Gray Whale about 3 miles west of Pt. Loma that was swimming rather quickly northward giving us views of its head and back. We followed this whale for about ½ hour. We left the whale and then later found a group Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Everyone enjoyed seeing the dolphins splashing around the boat. We watched the dolphins until it was time to head back to the dock.

Afternoon Cruise: The PM trip had the same calm and clear weather conditions as the morning and also had sightings of the same subadult Gray Whale milling about the mouth of the bay. The viewing was every bit as spectacular as the morning, it’s a fantastic show. We departed when we heard about two groups of 2 Gray Whales heading up the coast along Pt. Loma. We were able to follow each pair for about 20 minutes before losing sight of them. The first group showed us backs and spouts. The second pair showed us great spouts and tail flukes. We left the whales to head back into SD Bay when a group of 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins found the boat and rode the boat’s wake. What a great afternoon trip!
4/9/181 Gray Whale, 50+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 200+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We saw the same Gray Whale on both the AM and PM trip. The whale we saw has been living just off the mouth of SD Bay for the past 3 weeks. It is an adult whale 25-35 feet long, swimming in very shallow water 10-20 feet of water. The whale swims very slowly and passes very close to the boat. All the passengers enjoyed great views of the entire animal as it slowly passed by the boat. We also had 50-60 Pacific White-side Dolphins that were jumping out of the water and exciting everyone on the boat.

Afternoon Cruise: We went right out to the Zuniga Shoals at the mouth of the bay to see the Gray Whale that's been milling around in that location. We also watched about 200 Common Dolphins some of whom rode at the bow of the boat after feeding with some California Sea Lions.
4/8/181 Gray Whale, 12 Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We briefly watched the subadult Gray Whale by the jetty at the mouth of the bay then headed out to the open ocean. Twelve Common Dolphins swam near the boat for a short time, but we didn't see any other whales.

Afternoon Cruise: We again briefly watched the subadult Gray Whale on our way out of the bay. The highlight of the afternoon was a large herd of Common Dolphins with some riding the boat's stern and bow wakes.
4/7/181 Gray Whale, 30 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 40+ Common Dolphins, 10 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: As we left the San Diego Bay, we stopped off for a brief time to see the Juvenile Gray whale that has been nicknamed ‘the Jetty whale’. The whale has been milling in this area for over two weeks. Then the captain headed out west to find more marine life. The passengers were delighted when we came upon a small pod of 30 Common Dolphins. There was a lot of Naval activity on the ocean; a ship was departing and a submarine was heading into the bay as well as a few navy aircraft flying toward North Island.


Afternoon Cruise: The sun broke free as we departed the San Diego Bay in the afternoon, and the passengers were treated with a sighting very close to Point Loma- a Gray Whale mother/calf pair. We were blessed with great views as the calf surfaced next to ‘mom' many times. We wished good luck to the mother and calf as they continue their long journey to the Arctic as we left them to find other whales. During the cruise, as we were looking for a whale that had been spotted- a good number of passengers and volunteers happened to be looking toward the stern of the boat— and those looking that way witnessed an adult Gray Whale breach 3 times! Pretty spectacular! There was a pod of 40-50 Common Dolphins that came over to ‘play’ in the boat’s wake. As we were coming back to port, and still only a few miles from shore, we saw another adult Gray Whale. Additionally, a group of California Sea Lions were spotted, along with about 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins. It was an exciting day on the water with an abundance of marine life. Passengers also viewed a Navy sub leaving the bay and a Yacht transport ship coming into the bay.
4/6/183 Gray Whales, 300+ Common DolphinsNo whales spottedMorning Cruise: High sea swells made for choppy cruises today. We saw three Gray Whales- a mother-calf pair and the subadult whale that's been hanging out near the jetty at the bay's entrance. We also spotted approximately 300 Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Although we searched far and wide, we didn't find any whales or dolphins this afternoon.
4/5/183 Gray Whales, 50+ Common Dolphins4 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Our first Gray Whale was at the mouth of SD Bay in very shallow water. This is the whale that has been in this area for the past couple of weeks. It came up to the surface very slowly and gave excellent views of its back. The whale was in very shallow water so we moved onward to seek other marine life. Five miles west of Pt. Loma we found a pod of 50-60 Common Dolphins that were jumping out of the water and swimming in the boat’s wake. The guests really enjoyed this great show! Heading inward we found a pair of southbound adult Gray Whales that were swimming very slowly on the surface giving us great spouts and views of their backs. We followed this pair until it was time to go in.

Afternoon Cruise: We headed south in search of the Gray Whales we spotted in the morning trip. We relocated this pair 4 miles south of Pt. Loma and followed them all the way to the Mexican border. Again they gave us great showings of spouts, backs and flukes. We departed towards SD Bay and stopped at the mouth to look for the resident whale. To our surprise there were 2 Gray Whales now in the shallows. One whale swam directly towards the boat and passed underneath the bow of the boat. It came up on the other side and very slowly swam away from the boat. With this last spectacular view we were out of time and headed into the Bay with everyone awestruck at what they had just seen!
4/4/181 Gray Whale, 500+ Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 1,000+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The AM trip saw a single subadult Gray Whale just off the mouth of SD Bay. This whale has been in this location for close to 3 weeks. It is 25-35 feet long and staying in very shallow water, 15-20 feet deep. It is moving very slowly giving very long excellent views of its entire back and many spouts. The whale passed very close by the boat several times. We left the whale and ventured farther offshore when we came across a huge herd of Common Dolphins, which were all around the boat giving us a fantastic show as they jumped out of the water right next to the boat. We stayed with them until it was time to head back to the dock.

Afternoon Cruise: The PM trip began with the same Gray Whale off the mouth of the Bay displaying all of the same behaviors. Another great viewing opportunity for all on board. Again we went offshore when we came across a megapod of 1000+ Common Dolphins. The dolphins were jumping out of the water and surrounded the boat in every direction as far as you could see. We left the dolphins for a second look at the inshore whale before heading for the dock to end the trip.
4/3/181 Gray Whale, 20+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 15 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We spotted the same young Gray Whale that's been hanging out at the mouth of the Bay along with about 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins farther out in the open ocean.

Afternoon Cruise: All together a good sunny day on the water! Near the mouth of San Diego Bay, we encountered a single Gray Whale just hanging out in the mouth of San Diego Bay- most likely the same whale seen on the morning’s cruise. We got some good looks at the whale as it snorkeled near the surface. On the way back in we encountered 15 Common Dolphins.
4/2/182 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 10 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: We started out with a Gray Whale right off the mouth of Pt. Loma This is the same subadult whale we have seen for the past 10 days. The whale is about 25 feet long and swimming very slowly in 15 feet of water. The whale spends a lot of time on the surface giving great spouts and views of its entire back. After viewing this whale we departed and went offshore 6 miles west of Pt. Loma. We found a herd of about 200 Common Dolphins. They were swimming slowly and completely surrounded the boat in all directions. We headed back into Pt. Loma where we found a northbound Gray Whale right along the kelp. This whale was swimming very slowly and gave us great spouts and views of its flukes. We followed the whale until it was time to return to the dock.

Afternoon Cruise: We again started out with the same Gray Whale off the mouth of SD Bay, giving us great views of its entire body. We pushed offshore to the west where we found a northbound Gray whale 3 miles off Pt. Loma. We followed this whale for about 45 minutes getting great close views of it swimming along. A southbound sailboat came across directly in front of the whale's path which ended our show. We proceeded southward and found a single adult Gray Whale that was heading north. This whale was a little boat-shy but we did get several spouts and 2 great tail flukes to wrap up the trip. We also saw 10-12 Bottlenose Dolphins. Another great day on the water!
4/1/181 Gray Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 50+ False Killer WhalesMorning Cruise: A gorgeous and calm Easter morning. We spotted a juvenile Gray Whale close to shore south of Zuniga Jetty. The animal was not traveling in a specific direction, but rather sporadic and zig-zagging. We also saw California sea lions in the mouth of the bay, which were swimming along with 50+ Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We observed two Gray Whales. The first one was most likely the same juvenile Gray Whale noted during the morning cruise, and spotted during the past week. The second Gray Whale was southbound and sighted within a mile of entering the ocean from the bay. We traveled north and spotted a pod of about 50 False Killer Whales that were heading in a northerly direction. What a treat to finish up our Easter cruises!
3/31/182 Gray Whales, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins, 4 Common Dolphins, 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 200+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The AM trip started out with very dense fog. It took about 1 ½ hours for the fog to lift enough for us to be able to see about 1 mile. Luckily, we found 2 juvenile Gray Whales swimming northward that we were able to follow for the entire rest of the morning. The whales were a little boat-shy and swimming quickly. We did manage to see several tail flukes, numerous spouts and occasional backs above the water. We also spotted three dolphin species- Common, Pacific White-sided, and Bottlenose during the morning cruise.

Afternoon Cruise: . We started the trip with a Gray Whale just south of the mouth of SD Bay. This whale has been in this location for over one week and it has been spotted numerous times by all of the whale watching boats. The whale is about 25 feet long and swimming very slowly in shallow water, about 15 feet deep. He gave great spouts and great views of his entire body while resting at the surface. Everyone had a great view of this animal. We left in search of other whales and came across another Gray Whale about ½ mile away. This whale was a juvenile swimming northward. Besides spouting it was splashing above the surface and even came up for a spy-hop. The whale swam across the mouth of SD Bay and we departed for offshore sights because of heavy boat traffic. About 5 miles west of Pt. Loma we came across a very large herd of Common Dolphins. They were all around the boat and jumping out of the water. There were many oohs and ahhs from the guests as well as squeals from the children. They were quite a hit!
3/30/182 Gray Whales, 300+ Common Dolphins 5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We encountered 2 northbound Gray Whales just after leaving San Diego Bay. After spending some time with this pair, we headed out farther and came across large groups of Common Dolphins- always an exciting sight!

Afternoon Cruise: Captain Earnesto found 5 Gray Whales for us to watch- 2 juveniles headed north and 3 adults. All of the whales showed us their tail flukes.
3/29/181 Gray Whale, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 30+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Calm seas and sunny skies today. We had a brief sighting of an elusive Gray Whale along with some scattered Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: All guests enjoyed great looks at a trio of Gray Whales slowly traveling north along the kelp-line. A few dozen energetic Pacific White-sided Dolphins were also exciting to watch.
3/28/184 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins, 100+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: Our morning was filled with both baleen and toothed whale sightings. We spotted a total of 4 northbound Gray Whales. The stars of the morning were the dolphins with large herds of both Common and Pacific White-sided dolphins thrilling guests with their antics as they surrounded the boat.

Afternoon Cruise: We searched far and wide and finally found a single Gray Whale traveling north.
3/27/182 Gray Whales1 Gray WhaleMorning cruise: In spite of wind and slightly bumpy seas with 3-6 foot swells, our captain found us 2 northbound Gray Whales to watch.

Afternoon Cruise: The whales were more elusive this afternoon. We spotted a single northbound Gray Whale.
3/26/181 Gray Whale, 300+ Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 10+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Seas were rough again today. Everyone enjoyed watching about 300 Common Dolphins that swam all around the boat. We also spotted a Gray Whale just south of the bay's entrance as we headed back into the harbor.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted a young Gray Whale south of the harbor jetty in front of the Coronado Hotel. It was the same whale as from the morning trip and was just hanging out in shallow water. A few Common Dolphins were seen in the distance.
3/25/183 Gray Whales1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: The AM trip saw scattered clouds, very windy conditions, and choppy seas. We saw 3 juvenile Gray Whales. The first was a solo whale just south of the mouth of the bay. We were only able to view this whale at a distance because it was in very shallow water. We left that whale and immediately picked up a pair of juveniles heading west, also off the mouth of San Diego Bay. We were only able to follow this pair for about a mile with fair viewing and then we had to return to SD Bay because of hazardous sea conditions. We finished the trip with a harbor tour cruise.

Afternoon Cruise: The PM trip had the same weather conditions as the morning. We saw one juvenile Gray Whale- the same whale that was in the shallows during the AM trip. Again we viewed from afar, then we returned back into SD Bay due to hazardous seas and finished the trip with a Harbor Tour cruise.
3/24/187 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: In spite of choppy seas, we spotted two pairs of northbound Gray Whales along with spouts of a few others nearby. We also encountered a herd of Common Dolphins that were feeding on a bait ball along with some California Sea Lions.

Afternoon Cruise: The seas increased to 6-foot swells. We spotted a juvenile Gray Whale close to the shoreline near North Island/ Coronado Beach as we were heading back to the bay.
3/23/183 Gray Whales, 30+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsN/AMorning Cruise: The morning saw scattered clouds and breezy wind with seas running 3-5 feet. We spotted 3 individual Gray Whales, all of which were elusive. The first whale was just off the mouth of San Diego Bay in very shallow water. We were only able to see the whale spout from a distance due to the shallow depth. As we were watching this whale, another one breached twice about one hundred yards off our stern. It only gave a couple of spouts and then vanished. The last whale was just outside the kelp line of Pt. Loma. We were only able to catch a quick glimpse of the whale as it disappeared heading out to sea. We also saw three different groups of 10-12 Pacific White-sided dolphins, which all rode the ship's bow wave.

Afternoon Cruise: no afternoon cruise
3/22/183 Gray Whales, 300+ Common Dolphins, 1 Mola mola2 Bottlenose Dolphins, 75+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We had smooth seas and some light rain this morning. We spotted four northbound Gray Whales including a mother-calf pair. We also enjoyed watching a several hundred Common Dolphins and spotted a Mola mola (ocean sunfish) on the surface.

Afternoon Cruise: It was a dolphin-centric afternoon with 2 Bottlenose Dolphins spotted within the bay as well as an energetic group of Common Dolphins.
3/21/182 Fin Whales, 4 Gray Whales, 1000+ Common Dolphins2 Fin Whales, 9 Gray Whales, 2000+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: On the morning Whale Watch trip we saw 2 Fin Whales about 8 miles out swimming around in circles. We also spotted four Gray Whales, which all showed their tail flukes along with a huge herd of Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: On the evening Whale Watch trip we again spotted 2 Fin Whales, along with 9 Gray Whales. We also were surrounded for about 25 minutes by a huge herd of Common Dolphins.
3/20/182 Gray Whales, 300+ Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 300+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: There were hundreds of Common Dolphins and 2 Gray Whales, which were rather elusive.

Afternoon Cruise: We found hundreds of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and 4 Gray Whales. One of the whales breached 10 seconds after the Captain told the guests that the only thing better, would be a breach. Everybody was very happy about that!
3/19/183 Gray Whales, 400+ Common Dolphins9 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Beautiful, clear, calm day. We saw one group of 3 adult Gray Whales that came up within 20 feet of us. Another pair was farther out. The herd of Common Dolphins were quite friendly and very exuberant.

Afternoon Cruise: Sunny and breezy this afternoon. We found 4 Gray Whales traveling north not very far offshore the Point Loma coastline. Guests got great views of whale blows, surfacing and flukes. Not long after we spotted 2 whales coming behind us perhaps to catch up with these 4. And just a little farther offshore were 3 whales also heading north. A sunny afternoon cruise with 9 great Gray Whale sightings that gave everyone a very enjoyable day!
3/18/188 Gray Whales, 10 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 600+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Went out 9 miles to see multiple pods of Gray Whales. Lots of calves traveling north with their mothers!

Afternoon Cruise: We went out 5 miles for a pod of 4 Gray Whales and over 600 Common Dolphins.
3/17/186 Gray Whales5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: The morning started out with overcast skies and rain, however it didn’t stop the passengers from seeing wildlife. As we left the bay, the captain sighted two juvenile Gray Whales. After a few minutes, we left the whales and headed out to the 9-mile bank. Even with 4-ft swells, it didn’t take us long to find more whales- this time a calf with its mom and a traveling companion. We had some great sightings. As we turned back toward Point Loma,, some of the passengers saw one of the whales breach!

Afternoon Cruise: Shortly after leaving the bay, we came upon a juvenile Gray Whale, who was somewhat shy. We continued on our search, and found a pair of adult Gray Whales traveling with a cow/calf pair. Passengers were treated with good sightings of all 4 whales, including one fluke and once even the calf fluked! It was a beautiful afternoon on the Pacific Ocean.
3/16/1811 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We spotted lots of northbound Gray Whales this morning with 2 sets of three Gray Whales, 2 duos, and a single Gray Whale. We also enjoyed a playful group of Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: The Gray Whales are still migrating north in full force. This afternoon our Captain found a trio of Gray Whales along with a pair and 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
3/15/18N/AN/AWhale Watch Cruises were switched to Harbor Cruises due to high sea swells
3/14/183 Gray Whales, 50+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The AM trip started with scattered showers, breezy wind and very choppy seas.
We saw 3 juvenile Gray Whales traveling north within one mile of the entrance to SD Bay. We were able to follow this trio for over an hour with great views of spouts and some tail flukes. We left these whales in search of other marine life. Later we came across 2 small pods of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: What a thrilling day on the Hornblower! A little overcast with some clouds and sun with relatively calm waters and a slight breeze. We were just about a mile past Point Loma when we encountered our first whale sighting of 2 northbound, adult Gray Whales. We stayed with those 2 for a bit and then headed further out to investigate a sighting of 2 more Gray Whales heading North. We then saw 2 more juvenile grays also heading North. We saw several more spouts in the distance a little further out. As we began our journey of heading back a Mako shark was sighted close to bow of the boat that jumped out of the water a few times. Guests aboard were totally in awe and amazed. Soon after, we spotted a large herd of about 400-500 Common Dolphins that became very interested in having fun with the Hornblower. Guests aboard were absolutely astonished with seeing so many dolphins surrounding the ship and riding the waves front and back. So many smiles from guests aboard!
3/13/184 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We traveled to the 9 mile bank where we encountered a solo Gray Whale and then three more Gray Whales rolling at the surface and fluking. We also watched a large herd of Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: The seas were calm and the whales were elusive, but once we discovered one Gray Whale, we were able to find another, and finally a third traveling together. They all kept a low profile, but gradually showed more of their backs out of the water.
3/12/185 Gray Whales, 30+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 200+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We set out with overcast skies, calm winds, and 2-3 foot seas. We spotted a group of five juvenile whales swimming north. We were able to watch this group the entire trip. They gave us multiple spouts and tail flukes, which made for a fantastic experience. We also saw a large group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: During the cruise, we followed a single juvenile Gray Whale that was swimming south. This whale was very boat shy and we were only able to see short glimpses of it. Later in the afternoon we saw a herd of about 200 Common Dolphins that were jumping out of the water and creating quite a show. They seemed to be everywhere around the boat and gave us great views while riding the bow pressure wave as well as the boat’s wake.
3/11/1816 Gray Whales4 Gray Whales, 200+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Its baby season! We were so lucky to spot not just one Gray Whale cow-calf pair, but four pairs- all traveling north, close to the shore. One of the whales even treated us with a breach!

Afternoon Cruise: The ocean swells picked up this afternoon, but we still had a fantastic time whale watching. We spent some time with a pod of four Gray whales composed of a juvenile, two adults and a calf- all traveling north together. In addition to the whales, we spotted a Mola mola (ocean sunfish) and about 20 Common Dolphins.
3/10/182 Gray Whales, 20+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 30+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Although it was a gray rainy day, it turned out to be a great day for Gray Whale watching! We first spotted a juvenile Gray Whale heading south. It fluked several times before we left to follow a single adult Gray that was northbound. This whale also showed us its flukes, providing wonderful photo ops for the guests. In addition to the Grays, we also encountered about 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We quickly found three northbound Gray Whales in close proximity to each other. The whales even swam close to the boat for some really good views of the whales from head to tail (flukes), including some displaying of their beautiful flukes. We were also visited by about 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins that were feeding on a bait ball below the surface along with some California sea lions and diving seabirds. With all the amazing sightings, a potentially gloomy day turned into a really great day.
3/9/184 Gray Whales, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 750+ Common Dolphins, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 7 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: A beautiful calm day on the water. We spotted one juvenile Gray Whale right at the mouth of the bay. We then came across three northbound grays showing mating behavior. We also spotted a few Pacific White-sided Dolphins mixed in with the whales. Everyone had a wonderful experience.

Afternoon Cruise: A swell day! All guests we very happy and relaxed on this beautiful afternoon despite a bit of rough waves and wind. We observed three northbound Gray Whales. One of the whales breached two times off in the distance. By far, the thrill of the day was the dolphins. On the way out of the bay we first encountered a pod of seven Bottlenose Dolphins and later, 5 more Bottlenose as we were ending the trip. We also observed a pod of more than 750 Common Dolphins along with ten Pacific White-sided Dolphins that thrilled us by bow-riding, leaping, and playing.
3/8/182 Gray Whales, 10 Common Dolphins5 Gray Whales, 12+ Risso's DolphinsMorning Cruise: The whales eluded us for most of the trip. We encountered a small group of Common Dolphins, then just outside of the mouth of San Diego Bay we finally spotted a juvenile Gray Whale. We followed the whale for about 20 minutes and everyone had great looks as it traveled north.

Afternoon Cruise: What fantastic sighting this afternoon! First we spotted a trio of northbound Gray Whales, along with 2 other spouts nearby. We were able to watch these whales for about an hour and a half. They even swam right in front of the bow of the boat twice! We left the grays to briefly watch a pod of Risso's Dolphins that were milling around near the surface.
3/7/185 Gray Whales, 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins5 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins, 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins.Morning Cruise: We headed out with calm seas and partly sunny skies and found a juvenile Gray Whale just outside of the bay. We then found two mother-calf pairs that were heading north. Along with the Gray Whales, we spotted a group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Another whale-filled afternoon! We found our first Gray Whale as we left the bay. After heading south, we found two more whales traveling north. We then spotted a second pair of northbound Grays.
3/6/185 Gray Whales, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins.5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We spotted a juvenile Gray Whale right at the mouth of San Diego Bay that was just milling around the area. We ventured further offshore and came across a pair of juvenile whales that were just swimming at the surface, giving us a great view. We left this pair for a solo whale that was splashing on the surface and it breached as we arrived next to it. After that it swam on its side right down the side of the boat in plain view of all the passengers. We finished up the morning with another solo juvenile swimming on the surface.

Afternoon Cruise: The trip started with the same juvenile Gray Whale at the mouth of the bay. As we watched it, another whale came into the area swimming right past the boat. These whales were in 15-20 feet of water. We left these and ventured further offshore and spotted a trio of whales which split up. We followed two of them for quite a while. To our surprise, the third whale rejoined the pair giving us more great views. We followed them until it was time to head back to the dock. What a fantastic day of whale watching!
3/5/181 Gray Whale1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: We spotted a Gray Whale right away within San Diego Bay near the Bali Hai Restaurant. We watched the whale spout and fluke several times. As a bonus, three of our morning Harbor Tour Cruises were able to see the whale as well.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted a single, southbound Gray Whale about a mile out from Sunset Cliffs.
3/4/181 Gray Whale9 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 3 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: The Gray Whales were scarce this morning with only a brief sighting of a single, southbound, juvenile Gray Whale.

Afternoon Cruise: We enjoyed watching two baleen whale species this afternoon- nine Gray Whales and a Minke Whale-our first of the winter whale watching season.
3/3/183 Gray Whales, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 12 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We departed with overcast skies and scattered showers. We spotted three, northbound Gray Whales near the end of our trip. The whales were rolling around at the surface with some Pacific White-sided Dolphins in the mix.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted a single, northbound Gray Whale that was slowly swimming at the surface giving us several fantastic views and ending with the whale fluking before its dive.
3/2/184 Gray Whales2 Gray Whales, 450+ Common Dolphins, 10 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We came out of the bay and in about 10 minutes we saw blow, which ended up being two northbound Gray Whales. One of the whales even breached! Later, we spotted another northbound whale and then a mother-calf - the first northbound pair of the season.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted a total of three Gray Whales this afternoon, all traveling north. Along with the whales, we had fun watching some energetic Common Dolphins and a few Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
3/1/181 Gray Whale, 5+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 200+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 50+ Common Dolphins, 5 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We spotted a single adult Gray Whale traveling north. We had a couple quick glimpses of the whale before it became very elusive. On the way into the bay, we spotted a herd of extremely playful Common Dolphins. As we circled around, the dolphins surfed in our wake right alongside where everyone could see.

Afternoon Cruise: A chilly afternoon with a long hunt for whales. We finally spotted two young Gray Whales heading north along the coast of La Jolla. We watched them for a while, then enjoyed watching some playful dolphins on the way back in to the bay.
2/28/181 Gray Whale, 150+ Common Dolphins2 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We spotted a single, southbound Gray Whale this morning. Since the whale was found right near the border, we were only able to watch it for a short time before it traveled into Mexican waters. During the cruise we also spotted a Mola mola (ocean sunfish) and a group of Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Although we had clear skies, the wind made it chilly outside this afternoon. We were able to find two northbound, juvenile Gray Whales. We followed the pair for about an hour getting great looks. Near the end of our time watching the whales, one breached three times in a row! Always such an amazing sight!
2/27/18N/AN/ACruises cancelled due to high sea swells.
2/26/182 Gray Whales3 Gray Whales, 500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: A gorgeous sunny day! We enjoyed watching two Gray Whales, which only dove down about 6 feet making them visible most of the time we stayed with them.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted three Gray Whales during the cruise along with a huge herd of energetic Common Dolphins.
2/25/182 Gray Whales3 Gray Whales, 25+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Many adult and juvenile Gray Whales seem to be migrating north, which was the case for the pair of whales that we spotted this morning.

Afternoon Cruise: We encountered a trio of Gray Whales that were rolling at the surface and engaging in courtship behavior. We also spotted several Common Dolphins in the area.
2/24/185 Gray Whales, 50+ Common Dolphins5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Conditions were a semi-calm ocean and beautiful sunny day. We spotted 5 Gray Whales. The whales were traveling slowly and probably heading north. We also enjoyed watching some scattered groups of Common Dolphins that were in the area.

Afternoon Cruise: What a special cruise! The weather was cold (for San Diego) and breezy. As we headed north, we saw a Gray Whale that breached 3 times! The captain had heard there were three more whales farther north, so we headed off of Mission Beach. It turned out there were four whales heading north. We watched them snorkel for a while, but had to head back since we were running out of time. By the time it took to turn the boat around, one of the grays breached 3 more times. What a treat!
2/23/18N/AN/ACruises cancelled due to high winds
2/22/186 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins8 Gray Whales, 100+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: In spite of a building rainstorm, our Captain found 6 Gray Whales for us to watch along with some playful Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Even though we had several rain showers, whale watching was still fantastic this afternoon with a total of 8 Gray Whales spotted. One of the whales breached numerous times giving a great show!
2/21/184 Gray Whales, 150+ Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 150+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We found 4 Gray Whales. Two of the adults were rolling around at the surface and exhibiting courtship behavior.

Afternoon Cruise: Just as with the morning cruise, we spotted 4 whales and a couple were exhibiting mating behavior. Common Dolphins were also spotted throughout the afternoon.
2/20/187 Gray Whales, 60+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 50+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: The morning trip saw clear skies and calm winds, but bumpy seas. We did have good whale sightings, 7 Gray Whales in all. One Gray Whale pair was juveniles swimming northbound, which gave us good showings. The second pair was southbound giving us great flukes and spouts. Two of the solo whales were a little boat-shy with only fair viewing. One of the singles gave us excellent viewing. It stopped to play with a dolphin, rolling on its back and sides. It also spyhopped. We were able to watch this behavior for about 20 minutes. Then the whale headed south and gave us several spouts and flukes. There were many scattered Pacific White-sided Dolphins in the entire area.

Afternoon Cruise: The PM trip saw sunny skies but a stiff breeze. The seas had diminished and the ocean was not as bumpy as the AM. We saw 3 Gray Whales. The solo whale was a shy juvenile giving us only fair viewing. The pair of adult whales gave us excellent viewing. They were joined by Pacific White-sided Dolphins, which caused the whales to frolic and play in one area for about 30 minutes with the whales rolling on their sides and eventually swimming under the bow of the boat. Once this behavior ended we were able to follow this pair for the rest of the afternoon giving us great spouts and flukes. We saw about 4 additional spouts off in the distance that we were unable to follow.
2/19/18N/AN/ABoth cruises cancelled sue to high winds and swells.
2/18/184 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins, 50+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins8 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Cruise started out slow, then we finally spotted a small juvenile Gray Whale. Next, we had another juvenile close to the boat. Toward the end of the cruise, we saw 2 adults traveling together and then suddenly one breached 4 times! They were in sync together and fluked at the same time twice. It was a beautiful sight to behold!

Afternoon Cruise: Whales everywhere today! We saw 4 different pairs of Gray Whales that showed their tail fluke multiple times. We even saw some whales exhibiting mating behavior.
2/17/1810 Gray Whales10 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We immediately began seeing Gray Whales as soon as we headed out of the bay. We headed out west and spotted whales the entire trip.

Afternoon Cruise: We again spotted Gray Whales immediately after leaving the bay. Near the border, we watched a group of four whales. One of the whales breached multiple times.
2/16/189 Gray Whales, 20+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 200+ Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales. 100+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: The whale watching season is still in full force! We spotted 9 Gray Whales- 3 pairs and 3 singles. The best of these was a pair of juveniles who were frolicking around and swimming very slowly beneath the surface. One of the whales started swimming on its back, then it stopped and took a look at us by spyhopping which gave us a fantastic view of its head. The best solo whale was a larger animal that gave us great spouts and tail flukes. The entire area was alive with Pacific White-sided and Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: The PM trip saw 7 whales- a pair, a trio and 2 singles. The best of these was a pair that were swimming very slowly just below the surface and were rolling around onto their backs showing us their pectoral flippers. An interesting note, our last whale of the day was the first northbound whale we've seen this season. We followed this whale for about 3 miles heading northwest. The trio of whales were giving great views playing with dolphins but we had to leave them sooner than we wanted because of heavy small boat traffic. Again, the Pacific White-sided Dolphins were plentiful and all around the boat for all the afternoon.
2/15/1816 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins5 Gray Whales, 12 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We started seeing the spouts of Gray Whales almost as soon as we left the bay. Most of the whales were juveniles with a couple of adults mixed in. We counted 16 whales total, but many more blows were visible in the distance. Some of the whales were spyhopping and interacting with the dolphins. A good time was had by all!

Afternoon Cruise: A great afternoon of whale watching with a total of 5 southbound whales spotted along with a few Common Dolphins.
2/14/1810 Gray Whales, 100+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 100+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 40+ Pacific White-sided Morning Cruise: What a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day with heart-shaped blows from 9 adult Gray Whales and 1 juvenile. We also saw courtship behavior from some of the adults.

Afternoon Cruise: Whales were a little more elusive this afternoon. We did see 2 Gray Whales and our first Humpback Whale of the season that fluked several times. Right before returning to the bay, we encountered a raft of sea lions and a group of dolphins under a rainbow! (Yes, it rains a little in San Diego.)
2/13/1813 Gray Whales, 300+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 50+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: What an action-packed, whale-filled morning with a total of 13 Gray Whales. One whale breached five times, while another whale breached once and then spyhopped and spun slowly in a circle at the surface. In addition to the whales, we also spotted a large herd of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted four Gray Whales that fluked numerous times. We also watched a group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins mixed with California sea lions along with diving sea birds - all feeding on a bait ball beneath the surface.
2/12/1810 Common Dolphins5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Bumpy seas and high winds made whale watching challenging today. We did find a few scattered Common Dolphins, but the big baleen whales eluded us.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted our first Gray Whales just outside of the bay and followed them south for awhile. We then headed north and found 3 more Grays. Great sightings this afternoon despite windy conditions.
2/11/185 Gray Whales, 5,000+ Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales, 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 10 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Another beautiful day on the water with sightings of a cow-calf pair, a single juvenile, and another pair of juvenile Gray Whales heading south. If that wasn't enough, we found a massive mega-herd of Common Dolphins...3 miles of dolphins with an estimated 5,000+ individuals surrounding the vessel. Amazing!

Afternoon Cruise: It was a great afternoon with several pods of whales sighted. We saw 2 different pairs of Gray Whales as well as another sighting that was likely a cow/calf pair. There were also several pods of dolphins spotted throughout the trip that were mostly pacific white sided dolphins as well as some Common Dolphins. Several blows were spotted in the distance, and some additional blows were spotted on the ride in, but we didn't have time to stop and explore.
2/10/181 Gray Whale1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: With foggy cloudy conditions making spotting whales difficult, we finally spotted a Gray Whale, which we followed for a couple miles as it traveled south.

Afternoon Cruise: Conditions were still tricky for spotting whales. Our captain spotted a single adult Gray Whale just south of the Ocean Beach Pier.
2/9/186 Gray Whales 5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Morning trip was foggy but cleared into a beautiful day. We saw 2 groups of 3 adult Gray Whales who were exhibiting rolling behavior. We spotted more Gray Whales off in the distance as well.

Afternoon Cruise: With clear and calm conditions we were able to see another 5 southbound Gray Whales.
2/8/1811 Gray Whales, 20+ Common Dolphins, 50+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins13 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins, 20 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Great weather and a smooth ocean provided a perfect day for whale watching. Our first Gray Whale was a juvenile swimming quickly just below the surface. Next was a pair of juvenile whales swimming very slowly giving us great views of spouts, backs and occasional flukes. Then we saw 3 solo whales with each one swimming directly under the boat. Next was a pair of whales that were both on the surface frolicking around the bow and stern of the boat. Their show was spectacular. Our last pair were interrupted by Pacific White-sided dolphins, which played with both whales. One of these whales was swimming on his back and stopping to spy-hop at us.

Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon trip brought the same great weather and 13 additional whales! Again we started with a single juvenile within 2 miles off Pt. Loma, but it was a little boat shy. We left this one for a pair of juveniles which were swimming quickly just below the surface. We moved on to yet another pair which were swimming slowly along the surface giving us great views of their spouts and backs and occasional flukes. Once we left this pair we spotted some very large spouts from larger adult animals. There were a pair of 2 whales which gave us great huge spouts and tail flukes, but were very long-winded and disappeared after two views. We then spotted 2 more spouts off in the distance and as we pulled up to view this pair, a second pair joined us for a total of 4. One pair was on each side of the boat swimming slowly on the surface for spectacular views. As we headed back to San Diego Bay, we found another pair of grays that fluked. We kept going in and saw a last single whale for a final tail wave and goodbye. We saw many other spouts all around the boat in the distance throughout the day.
2/7/183 Gray Whales7 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We began with dense fog, but our captain managed to find 3 Gray Whales for us to watch.

Afternoon Cruise: Foggy during the afternoon and difficult to locate a spout on the ocean's surface. Finally we located a pod of 4 Gray Whales that appeared to be courting. Within moments after sighting the whales, 3 more grays joined the pod for a total of 7. Lots and lots of fluking! The whales actually came very close to the bow of the boat and many guests had looks of astonishment on their faces. What a wonderful encounter with memories to keep for a life time!
2/6/189 Gray Whales, 100+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins10 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins, 200+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Morning Cruise: The fog burned off allowing us to find 9 Southbound Gray Whales in groups of 1 to 3. We also spotted a large number of California sea lions swimming and porpoising along with the dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: With smooth seas and a clear sky we began seeing whales immediately upon leaving the harbor. First one Gray Whale, then two duos, and one group of three whales giving a whopping total of 10 whales with lots of flukes and spy hopping! What a great day!
2/5/185 Gray Whales, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins6 Gray Whales,
20 Common Dolphins
Morning Cruise: We found five Gray Whales swimming and fluking along with some scattered Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We found 6 Gray Whales and some scattered small groups of Common Dolphins.
2/4/186 Gray Whales
100+ Common Dolphins
6 Gray Whales, 1,500+ Common Dolphins, 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins,
Morning Cruise: Beautiful weather today with calm seas and plenty of sunshine. Spotted four southbound Gray Whales surfing the swells, spy-hopping, breaching and fluking near the Mexican Border. We also spent some time with about 100 Common Dolphins that were surfing in the boat waves. We ended the cruise with two additional Gray Whale spotted on the way back to the San Diego Bay. A great show and great views!

Afternoon Cruise: What an epic afternoon out on the water. We had 6 gray whale sightings throughout our cruise. We had the pleasure of being with 2 for most of our afternoon. These 2 were participating in courtship behavior and allowed us to witness breaching, spy-hopping, rolling, flipper slaps and tail slaps. During our whole time, we got to enjoy common and pacific white sided dolphin.
2/3/182 Gray Whales,
100+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
6 Gray whales,
5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Morning Cruise: A beautiful calm day with immediate sightings of Pacific along with the company of dolphins most of the morning.

Afternoon Cruise: Perfect conditions continued for a larger group of enthusiastic passengers. We were greeted almost immediately by the sight of 3 southbound Gray Whales, which gave us all excellent views. We broke off from them to find another 3 Gray Whales mingled with some dolphins and displaying courtship behavior. On the way in we even got to stop by one more pair of Gray Whales for a quick view. What a great trip!
2/2/185 Gray Whales,
100+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
6 Gray Whales,
200+ Common Dolphins, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Morning Cruise: Clear, sunny and warm day. We found five Gray Whales along with some scattered Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: After a slow start, we found 3 Gray Whales near the Mexican Border. The whales fluked often as they traveled south in synchronicity. Later, we saw three others - one breaching and a spyhopping. We also saw both Pacific White-sided and Common Dolphins. The weather was gorgeous!
2/1/185 Gray Whales
No afternoon cruiseMorning Cruise: We enjoyed calm seas throughout the trip. A thin fog bank came in just as we cleared Pt Loma, but we soon sighted our first Gray Whale. Most of the cruise we followed a juvenile whale and then another smaller juvenile, each for over an hour with many spouts and flukes. The first juvenile was perhaps three or four years old, showing a patch of barnacles around the blowhole area. The second juvenile swam diagonally up to our drifting boat and swam under it, surfacing on the other side. Very close viewing!
One sea lion was active near the boat while we were in a lobster pot area.
1/31/185 Gray Whales, 10
Pacific White Sided Dolphin
5 Gray Whales, 300+ Common Dolphins,
10 Pacific White-sided Dolphin,
Morning Cruise: We saw five Gray Whales total and plenty of feeding and very active Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We saw five more Gray Whales with great looks at the last three juveniles, which put on a great show for us by splashing around on the surface with their pectoral fins and fluke tips visible. We also enjoyed a mix of Pacific White-sided Dolphins and Common Dolphins.
1/30/18
6 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins,
50+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
7 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Although we left with overcast skied, conditions were calm and great for whale watching. We spotted six whales total. The first pair were two juveniles swimming by Pt. Loma. Next we spotted an adult and juvenile pair with many good spouts and tail flukes. Our final pair of whales were small adults but they gave us a great show displaying courtship behavior right next to the boat. The ocean water was very clear and we were able to see the animals swimming right below the surface. The entire Pt. Loma area was covered with Pacific White-sided and Common Dolphin feeding on large schools of bait fish.

Afternoon Cruise: We saw seven Gray Whales. The first three whales were within 2 miles of Pt. Loma. We followed them for several miles with good flukes. We found another pair several miles away which gave us great spouts and flukes and we followed them to the edge of the Mexican Border. Heading back to the Point we encountered our last pair of whales. We watched them until we ran out of time. The trip ended with one of the whales swimming directly under the bow of the boat.
1/29/185 Gray Whales,
100+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
6 Gray Whales, 20 common Dolphins,
300+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Morning Cruise: We departed with clear skies, calm winds and gentle seas. We started with a pair of adult whales that fluked and spouted numerous times. We left these whales and spotted a large herd of Pacific White-sided Dolphins, visible all around the boat. Later we found another pair of whales, an adult with a juvenile swimming slowly and providing great views. Passengers were delighted!

Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon trip started with a single adult Gray Whale which gave us several great looks but became boat-shy. Next we found a pair of adult whales which gave us great spouts and flukes. We also spotted several hundred Pacific White-sided Dolphins while travelling up to Pt. Loma where we encountered another pair of Gray Whales. The whales spy-hopped, swam on their backs, and showed us their side fins. It was a great show until we ran out of time and had to head in to port.
1/28/182 Gray Whales3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise:
Beautiful weather today! Two Gray Whales were sighted in the distance. Small boats were interfered with the progress of one whale, and the second disappeared after one surfacing.

Afternoon Cruise:
We saw three Gray Whales this afternoon. The cruise started with a juvenile close to the boat. We then traveled north and met up with two adults whales who were so close to the boat that passengers could hear the blows and see the tail flukes.
1/27/185 Gray Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins,
10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
6 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise:
We started with a group of three adult Gray Whales with lots of great spouts and tail flukes. A small group of Pacific white-sided Dolphins accompanied these whales. We left the whales for a large herd of Common Dolphins. The dolphins surrounded the boat giving us a great show. We then saw a mother and calf swimming slowly along the surface.

Afternoon Cruise:
We had a little more breeze but still great whale watching. We saw six Gray Whales. Our first viewing was a single juvenile whale which we followed for a little while. Next, we saw a pair of whales rolling on their sides showing courtship behavior. One whale even spy-hopped. We left those whales and found a single adult that fluked before diving. Next, we followed another pair of whales, one which breached right next to the boat. We followed these whales until the end of our afternoon.
1/26/18
3 Gray Whales,
200+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
4 Gray Whales, 200+ Pacific White-sided dolphinsMorning Cruise: What a great trip! We spotted three Gray Whales along with hundreds of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted an adult pair of Gray Whales that swam really close to the boat, engaging in mating behavior. One whale even breached! We then spotted a Gray Whale mother with her calf and enjoyed great looks at pair. We also spotted several hundred Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Rough seas but a great show!
1/25/185 Gray Whales,
200+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
4 Gray Whales, 200+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: We were able to find an energetic herd of Pacific White-sided Dolphins feeding and playing around on the surface, along with five Gray Whales.

Afternoon Cruise: We enjoyed looks at four Gray Whales including a mother with a newborn calf. We finished our cruise with a large herd of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
1/23/188 Gray Whales, 300+Common Dolphins, 100+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins
8 Gray Whales, 400+ Common Dolphins, 50+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: What a beautiful day! We saw eight Gray Whales that were spyhopping, flipper slapping, and showing courtship behavior. One whale even breached. We also spotted a huge herd of Pacific White-sided Dolphins and two huge herds of Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Another beautiful and sunny afternoon! Shortly after leaving San Diego Bay, we spotted our first Gray Whale, then a mother with a small calf. The mother kept herself between the boat and the baby, but eventually she let the calf get nearer so we could get a better view. The baby did a couple of spy hops, while the mom flucked! Then about 400 Common Dolphins surrounded the boat.

1/22/189 Gray Whales,
200 Common Dolphins
5 Gray Whales, 300 Common Dolphins,
20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Morning Cruise: Beautiful Day! We enjoyed great views of a cow/calf pair and a pod of six Gray Whales, with some showing their flukes. We also spotted Common Dolphins in the area. As we were headed back to the bay, we spotted a single adult whale.

Afternoon Cruise: We began our sightings immediately, with a Gray Whale female and calf spotted just off Point Loma. We also spotted three other grays, which showed their tail flukes multiple times. Shortly after, approximately 300 Common Dolphin's swam along with the boat for almost a mile and then about 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins swam with us until we entered the bay.
1/21/183 Gray Whales3 Gray Whales, 12 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Captain Chad found three Gray Whales for us to watch. We spent most of the cruise enjoying great views of the trio.

Afternoon Cruise: We had great looks at three Gray Whales. Unfortunately, after a while, private boats showed up and spooked the whales. We also encountered about 12 beautiful Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
1/20/18N/AN/ANo Whale Watching Cruises today
1/19/1810 Gray Whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish)4 Gray Whales, 50+ Common Dolphins, 5 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Visitors from around the world got great looks at 10 Gray Whales, including a cow/calf pair. The calf was very young, with fetal folds still showing making it a newborn. We also saw one of the whales breach very close to the vessel. Some guests on board also saw a Mola mola.

Afternoon Cruise: Although we had a few rain showers this afternoon, we still enjoyed great sightings of whales and dolphins. The best viewing was 3 adult Gray Whales showing their flukes and displaying the courtship behavior of swimming on their sides at the surface. These whales were accompanied by Pacific White-side Dolphins. A solitary Gray Whale swam by the group of 3 while we were watching. The viewing was up close and lasted an hour or more. We ended our day with an energetic group of Common Dolphins.
1/18/185 Gray Whales5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Dense fog and slightly bumpy seas made finding whales a challenge today. In spite of this, Captain Jules found 5 southbound Gray Whales for the guests to watch.

Afternoon Cruise: We again spotted a total of 5 Gray Whales. Three of the Grays were engaged in mating behavior and rolling around at the surface, which is always exciting to watch.
1/17/185 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins5 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Despite the fog and fairly large swells, we spotted 5 Gray Whales traveling south in a couple groups this morning. We also enjoyed a small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins that rode the bow wave of the Adventure Hornblower.

Afternoon Cruise: The fog lifted giving us a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Among the 5 Gray Whales spotted this afternoon was a large whale that fluked often, letting us see the large white patches all over its tail flukes.
1/16/185 Gray Whales4 Gray Whales, 10 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We saw 5 Gray Whales on this sunny and calm morning. One of the whales was a juvenile that breached 8 times!

Afternoon Cruise: We found 4 Gray Whales this afternoon. We were able to get close looks at a solitary juvenile Gray Whale, which we followed as it traveled south. It finally fluked before making a deeper dive. We also had a small group of Common Dolphins that surfed the boat's bow waves.
1/15/188 Gray Whales3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Our Gray Whale sightings continue as the southbound migration is in full swing! This morning, everyone got great looks at 2 pods of 4 Gray Whales each with more in the distance.

Afternoon Cruise: This afternoon, we had great looks at 3 southbound Gray Whales. All of these whales fluked several times.
1/14/181 Gray Whale, 100+ Risso's Dolphins5 Gray Whales, 3 Bottlenose DolphinsMorning Cruise: We had to travel far out, but it was worth it to see a pod of Risso's Dolphins. The pod was as interested in us as we were in them. A couple of the Risso's even breached! Upon our return to the docks, we saw a southbound juvenile Gray Whale. We enjoyed three surfacing sessions. The whale was pretty little with a little blow. A great day on the ocean!

Afternoon Cruise: We enjoyed clear skies and water as smooth as glass. We saw a few Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay. Shortly after leaving the bay, we spotted one solo and a pair of juvenile Gray Whales that fluked several times. We were also treated to a cow-calf pair of Gray Whales bonding on the surface.
1/13/1810 Gray Whales, 20+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: What a whale-filled morning! Within minutes of leaving San Diego Bay a passenger spotted our first group of 2 Gray Whales. We had great looks of at least 10 Gray Whales for nearly all of our time out of the bay. While getting close look at the grays, we spotted many more spouts in the distance. We also spotted a few California sea lions along with a small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins that rode the stern wake of the Adventure Hornblower.

Afternoon Cruise: The great viewing conditions continued with sightings of 4 Gray Whales including a cow-calf pair. The mom appeared to be an experienced mom- keeping a low profile and allowing her calf space. Everyone on the boat had great views and photos of the mother and calf with the San Diego coastline as a backdrop.
1/12/184 Gray WhalesNo whales spottedMorning Cruise: The fog began to roll in this morning making spotting whales difficult. Captain Jules did find four Gray Whales for us to watch.

Afternoon Cruise: No whales spotted due to heavy fog.
1/11/184 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins, 12 Risso's Dolphins7 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We had a great sightings of both toothed and baleen whales this morning. We began with sightings of 4 Gray Whales including a mother with her calf. We rounded out the sightings with Risso's Dolphins and Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We had sunny weather with rough seas. We spotted the spouts of at least 13 Gray Whales and had close looks at 6 of the whales including of their tail flukes.
1/10/184 Gray Whales, 300+ Common Dolphins, 20 Risso's Dolphins7 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: We set off with clearing skies and calm conditions to find 4 Gray whales including a cow-calf pair! As an added bonus, we also spotted a fairly large herd of Common Dolphins and a group of 20 Risso's Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Wow! What an afternoon. We spotted 7 Gray Whales on this cruise bringing our total for the day to 11 grays. All of our guests today had great looks at these magnificent baleen whales as they migrate south.
1/09/18N/AN/ABoth Whale Watching Cruises cancelled due to heavy rainstorm.
1/08/184 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins, 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray WhalesMorning Cruise: Groups of Gray Whales continue to head south along the coast. This morning we spotted a total of 4 Gray Whales along with a playful group of Common Dolphins and some Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Our sightings continued into the afternoon with great looks at 3 Gray Whales traveling south.
1/07/181 Gray Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales, 12 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We had a beautiful morning out on the water. We were able to experience a southbound Gray Whale that lifted its tail flukes before diving several times. We then encountered a group of about 50 Common Dolphins on our way back to the harbor.

Afternoon Cruise: Wow! What an afternoon! We had 6 Gray Whale sightings throughout our time on the water. The last group of 3 whales even exhibited mating behavior with circling, tail slapping and rolling at the surface.
1/06/187 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 30+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The morning trip had overcast skies and calm winds. We came upon a group of 4 gray whales 4 miles west of Pt. Loma and had spectacular viewing for almost an hour. We left the whales and came upon a group of 100 common dolphin that were all around the boat. Shortly after, we came upon another group of 3 gray whales 2 miles off Pt. Loma that we followed back to the mouth of the harbor. It was a fantastic morning with 7 adult gray whales seen.

Afternoon Cruise: The afternoon trip saw breezy conditions with dense patchy fog. With reduced visibility we saw small pods of common dolphin, 10-12 animals per pod.
Very late in the trip we saw one gray whale who was very boat shy. We saw occasional views of the back of the whale.
1/05/184 Gray Whales, 30+ Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales, 50+ Common Dolphins, 10+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: This morning we spotted our first Gray Whale mother and calf pair along with 2 other Gray Whales.

Afternoon Cruise: Another great trip, with 3 Gray Whales spotted including one very large whale that was possibly a pregnant female. We also encountered scattered groups of Common Dolphins along with Pacific White-sided Dolphins mixed in.
1/04/183 Gray Whales, 30+ Common DolphinsNo whales spottedMorning Cruise: Our captain was able to find us 3 southbound Gray Whales this morning along with some scattered Common Dolphins feeding on large schools of bait fish.

Afternoon Cruise: Heavy fog rolled in making whale spotting impossible, so we remained in the San Diego harbor.
1/03/183 Gray Whales, 1000+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 100+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: In spite of the fog, Captain Jules spotted 3 adult Gray Whales. Everyone was able to get many close looks at this trio as they slowly swam south.

Afternoon Cruise: We set out south and came across a single Gray Whale along with a herd of playful Common Dolphins. As we cruised back to San Diego Bay, we encountered another Gray Whale.
1/02/184 Gray Whales, 50+3 Gray Whales, 100+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We set out with Gray skies and calm seas. Immediately after leaving San Diego Bay, we encountered a group of about 50 Common Dolphins that swam by the boat. Then we came across 4 southbound Gray Whales swimming very slowly. We stayed with this quartet of whales for the rest of the trip since the viewing was so spectacular.

Afternoon Cruise: The wind picked up in the afternoon and the ocean became very choppy making viewing more difficult. We did see a large group of Common Dolphins along with brief looks at 3 elusive Gray Whales.
1/01/181 Gray Whale, 150+ Common Dolphins8 Gray Whales, 30+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: a very foggy morning turned into a sunny and calm cruise. About 150 Common Dolphins followed the Adventure Hornblower at one time, with many riding the bow and stern wakes of the boat. We then came upon a Gray Whale that gave us a great show of surfacing and fluking.

Afternoon Cruise: We encountered two groups of Gray Whales this afternoon. The first was a group of 3 southbound Gray Whales with possible pregnant females. We then came across a group of five Gray Whales that lifted their flukes above the water many times. What a great way to begin 2018!
12/31/173 Gray Whales3 Gray Whales, 12 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: The fog burned off early giving us clear and calm conditions today. We spotted our first Gray Whale just outside of the bay. After watching this whale surface and fluke, we went out a little farther and spotted 2 more southbound Gray Whales just beyond the kelp line.

Afternoon Cruise: We finished 2017 with sightings of 3 more Gray Whales. The Gray's southward migration is in full swing! All the guests also enjoyed watching a dozen Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
12/30/171 Gray Whale, 200+ Common Dolphins, 25+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 400+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Another perfect day for whale watching. After leaving San Diego Bay, we came across a large group of about 200 common dolphin about 2 miles off Point Loma. There were also about 25 Pacific White-sided dolphins mixed in with the other dolphins. We found a single Gray Whale heading south that gave everyone on the boat great views. We saw many spouts and tail flukes and were able to follow it for 45 min.

Afternoon Cruise: We started out with clear skies, but the fog crept in by the end of the day. During the trip we saw a large herd of about 400 Common Dolphins. Not long after, we spotted a solitary Gray Whale that put on a spectacular show breaching at least 6 times. Everyone on the boat was able to witness this spectacular behavior. Then the whale settled down into a slow swimming pattern and many spouts and flukes were observed.
12/29/175 Gray Whales, 10+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 10+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 10+ California Sea LionsMorning Cruise: A beautiful clear morning of whale watching. Our captain found us 5 Gray Whales this morning giving everyone great looks at these magnificent whales as they migrate south to the Baja lagoons.

Afternoon Cruise: Our luck was with us again this afternoon with 4 up-close sightings of Gray Whales. We also spotted scattered small groups of Pacific White-sided Dolphins along with a large raft of California Sea Lions relaxing on the water's surface.
12/28/174 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: What a whale-filled morning Cruise! We first spotted a pair of southbound adult Gray Whales traveling together along with a third Gray Whale spouting nearby. All guests were able to get great looks at these whales. On our way back to the bay, we came across another Gray Whale.

Afternoon Cruise: This afternoon, Captain Jules found a single, southbound juvenile Gray Whale. We were only able to briefly watch this elusive whale.
12/27/171 Humpback Whale1 Gray Whale, 100+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: We headed offshore and spotted a Humpback Whale. Everyone had close looks at the whale as it surfaced and fluked.

Afternoon Cruise: We headed west and first encountered a group of Common Dolphins, including some that checked out the boat. We than found a Gray Whale and were able to watch the whale as it slowly traveled south.
12/26/176 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins, 25+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: If you weren't out on the boat today you missed seeing what lots of passengers from around the country and the world saw....Gray Whales migrating south to
the lagoons in Baja. We got great looks at both pregnant female and juvenile Gray Whales along with a group of playful Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: Our phenomenal whale sightings continued with a total of 4 Gray Whales spotted this afternoon. We also encountered both Pacific White-sided and Common Dolphins along with California Sea Lions and Brown Pelicans, What a beautiful day on the water!
12/25/172 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins, 20+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins500+ Common Dolphins, 20+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Merry Christmas! We had the gift of 2 southbound Gray Whales this morning, which showed us their tail flukes many times. During the entire cruise, we were accompanied by a huge herd of Common Dolphins with some mixed in Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: While we didn't spot any baleen whales this beautiful Christmas afternoon, we did enjoy watching the antics of the megapod of Common and Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
12/24/176 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins, 50 Risso's Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 50+ Common Dolphins, 10+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Calm seas and sunny skies brought a lot of activity to many vacationing guests. We passed a large herd of Common Dolphins as we set out to watch a group of whales in the distance. This turned out to be 5 adult, southbound Gray Whales traveling together. On the return trip to the bay, we encountered 50+ Risso's Dolphins along with a single Gray Whale headed south.

Afternoon Cruise: We headed south out of the bay and spotted an adult Gray Whale traveling south that fluked often. We also spotted a mixed group of Common Dolphins and Pacific White-sided Dolphins and enjoyed watching several mother-calf pairs.
12/23/1740+ Common Dolphins, 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 30+ Common Dolphins, 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins.Morning Cruise: Our morning was filled with dolphins. We found a group of playful Common Dolphins along with some Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Although we didn't spot any baleen whales, everyone had a great time watching the dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: We spotted a southbound juvenile Gray Whale about 3 miles off the tip of Point Loma. Everyone had great looks at this whale as it lifted its flukes out of the water several times. We also spotted bot Common and Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
12/22/171 Gray Whale, 40+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 20+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The morning trip had clear skies and calm winds. We briefly watched a pod of about 40 Common Dolphins as we were making our way to a whale sighting. We found a large, southbound Gray Whale, which we followed about an hour and had great sightings with many tail flukes.

Afternoon Cruise: Again we passed through a small group of Common Dolphins en route to watch the same Gray Whale from the morning trip. We watched the whale for about 45 minutes until she headed through the Mexican border. On our return to San Diego Bay, we spotted a juvenile Gray Whale off Ballast Point that showed us its flukes a couple times before diving.
12/21/173 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales, 500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: A beautiful Winter Solstice morning highlighted by 3 Gray Whales. Despite bumpy conditions on the sea, everyone enjoyed wonderful, close looks as the whales surfaced and even lifted their flukes above the water. We also had fun watching a group of 500+ active Common Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise: On the way out of the bay, we spotted the same juvenile Gray Whale off Ballast Point that we saw yesterday. This whale barrel-rolled at the surface and even lifted its pectoral flippers out of the water. A bit farther north we came across a second Gray Whale that was very curious about the boat. This whale kept spy-hopping (lifting its head above the surface) and even opened its mouth giving us a rare look at its baleen. What an experience! We finished up enjoying the same pod of Common Dolphins from this morning.
12/20/171 Gray Whale, 100+, Common Dolphins, 10+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray WhaleMorning Cruise: A beautiful calm, sunny day started off quickly with a juvenile gray whale off Ballast Point in San Diego Bay. We also found large pods of common and Pacific white-sided dolphins as we traveled offshore.

Afternoon Cruise: We sighted the same juvenile gray whale off Ballast Point as was seen on the morning cruise. Guests onboard were able to get great photos of flukes as the young whale dove. We were close enough to see its head covered in barnacles. As we headed offshore the wind picked up, the clouds rolled in and we had a light swell. Heading back to the dock,enjoyed gorgeous late afternoon cloud formations and the beginning of a colorful sunset.
12/19/17N/AN/ANo Whale Watch Cruises today
12/18/17N/AN/ANo Whale Watch Cruises today
12/17/17600+ Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 75+ Risso's Dolphins, 12 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: While we didn't spot any baleen whales we encountered a mega-herd of Common Dolphins! These energetic dolphins are always crowd-pleasers with their acrobatic leaps and antics in the waters surrounding the boat.

Afternoon Cruise: What an afternoon! We began with a southbound Gray Whale, which we slowly followed almost to the Mexican border. The later afternoon was filled with dolphins. A huge pod of Risso's dolphins breached and milled around near the Adventure Hornblower giving everyone onboard fantastic views of this rarely-spotted species. A group of Pacific White-sided dolphins also were spotted among the Risso's!
12/16/17200+ Common DolphinsN/AMorning Cruise: We searched far and wide off San Diego for whales, but didn't see any baleen whales today. We did enjoy a large pod of Common Dolphins that rode the bow of the Adventure Hornblower.

Afternoon Cruise:
No afternoon cruise.
12/15/171 Gray Whale1 Gray Whale, 500+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: The morning had clear skies and calm conditions. After searching for most of the cruise, Captain Richard found a juvenile Gray Whale that was very slowly swimming south. Everyone was able to get close looks at this whale.

Afternoon Cruise: We found the same Gray Whale from the morning cruise. After spending some time watching this whale, we came across a mega-herd of Common Dolphins. It was especially fun to see some mother-calf pairs of these energetic dolphins near the boat.
12/14/173 Gray Whales100+ Common Dolphins, 5 Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning Cruise: Another beautiful day for whale watching. As soon as we left the bay, Captain Jules spotted 3 southbound Gray Whales, which we watched for awhile. We then headed west,but didn't see any whales for the rest of the afternoon.
Afternoon Cruise: We were not able to find any Gray Whales on the afternoon trip. We did see a playful herd of Common Dolphins with some Pacific White-sided Dolphins in the mix.
12/13/172 Gray Whales, 3 Humpback Whales, 200+ Common Dolphins, 10+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsNo whales sightedMorning Cruise: It was a cetacean spectacular this morning! Captain Jules spotted 2 southbound Gray Whales right outside of San Diego Bay. We then headed north and found 3 Humpback Whales! Along with all of the baleen whales, we encountered hundreds of Common Dolphins and Pacific White-sided Dolphins. What an incredible morning!

Afternoon Cruise: Despite perfect weather conditions, the ocean was quiet this afternoon and we didn't spot any whales or dolphins.
12/12/177 Humpback Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 1000+ Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: After leaving San Diego Bay, we headed north past La Jolla and were rewarded with a spectacular group of 7 Humpback Whales! Everyone enjoyed fantastic views of the whales surfacing and fluking!

Afternoon Cruise: Our baleen whale of the afternoon was a single, southbound Gray Whale. We enjoyed several close looks at the whale. The highlight of the afternoon, was a super-sized herd of Common Dolphins! Hundreds of these playful toothed whales rode the bow of the Adventure Hornblower-always such a fun experience!
12/11/17No whales sighted1 Gray Whale, 5 Common DolphinsMorning Cruise: Although conditions were perfect- no whales were spotted during the morning cruise.

Afternoon Cruise: Beautiful conditions continued and we found a juvenile Gray Whale that was oddly heading north (most Grays are migrating south this time of year). We were able to get great views of the whale including several of its tail flukes. During the afternoon, we also spotted a scattered, small group of Common Dolphins.
12/10/171 Humpback Whale, 300+ Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale, 12+ Pacific White-sided DolphinsMorning 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!
12/09/175 Common Dolphins, 10+ Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbor Seal, 6 California Sea Lions, 1 Mola molaN/AMorning 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.
11/20/171 Gray WhaleN/AOn 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.

Even Gray Whales Enjoy Travel Snacks

 

You may have heard that Gray Whales fast during the long migration to and from the breeding grounds and only eat on the northern feeding grounds. So what’s up with the two Gray Whales that were recently seen feeding off the coast of Seal Beach in Southern California? Contrary to common belief, Gray whales sometimes snack along their migration route and even occasionally feed within the calving lagoons in Baja California, Mexico. Just as in their northern feeding grounds, the snacks mostly consist of amphipods (shrimplike crustations), marine worms, and other critters scooped up from sand- and mud- habitats along the shallow seafloor. The tell-tale sign that the whales are feeding, is the mud plumes produced as the whales filter out their tasty snacks from the mud and water.

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