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Hornblower’s Winter Whale Watching Photo and Video Contest

The Gray Whale migration is at full force and we’re celebrating with a contest! Share your best whale or dolphin photo or video from Whale Watching on a Hornblower Cruise on our Facebook page in the comments https://www.facebook.com/HornblowerSD/ for a chance to win tickets to our Brunch or Dinner Cruise. Photos and videos can be from the current or previous Whale Watching seasons. Contest rules

The Twelve Seabirds of the Season in San Diego Bay

While whales are often the stars of a  Hornblower Whale watching Cruises, cruising out to sea also provides a wonderful opportunity to see many seabird species. Here are 12 species that are occasionally seen during our winter whale watching season. Western gull (Larus occidentalis) This large gull is one of the most abundant and common…

The Gray Whales are Here!

Our Harbor Tours became Whale Watching Tours on November 19 and 20. On Sunday, Guests on one of our Harbor Tours were treated to fantastic views of a juvenile Gray Whale — the first of the season for us — entering San Diego Bay! A couple hours later a group of 4 Bottlenose Dolphins crossed the bow of the boat in the same location. On Monday, we spotted the same whale under the Coronado Bay Bridge. The whale spouted and then breached then spy-hopped 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. What a great preview for the upcoming Whale Watching season, which begins December 9!

Gray Whale breaching

Gray Whale breaching