Our Whalers (naturalists) from the San Diego Natural History Museum were full of holiday spirit and cetacean (whale and dolphin) information as they educated guests about the 20 Gray Whales and hundreds of dolphins (including Common, Pacific White-sided and Risso’s) spotted during the past week’s cruises.
Hornblower’s 2017-2018 Winter Whale watching season began with perfect whale spotting and viewing conditions last weekend. On Saturday, Whalers from the San Diego Natural History Museum gathered on the Adventure Hornblower to kick-off the season. These dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers interact with guests before and during the whale watching cruises to teach them about gray whales and other baleen whales along with ocean wildlife and conservation. Although no whales were spotted during the first cruise, guests and whalers enjoyed fantastic sightings of a Humpback Whale and our first Gray Whale of the season during Sunday’s cruises along with a large herd of playful Common Dolphins and gorgeous Pacific White-sided Dolphins.
Gray whales are just beginning their southward migration past the coast of San Diego en route to the calving lagoons off the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico. Soon we should see significantly more migrating gray whales, including some mother’s traveling with newborn calves. Be sure to watch this page for current sightings and updates for the season.
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!
The first southbound Gray Whales have been spotted off the coast of Monterey Bay, California! Hop on board a Hornblower Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour to witness part of this epic journey as the gray whales pass by San Diego’s coastal waters. Tickets are on sale now for daily cruises beginning Saturday, December 9, 2017. Maximize your…