Sightings of gray whales exceed expectations during our Dana Point whale watching and dolphin safaris.
In the first ten days of February, 2014, we have seen more gray whales than we saw during the entire month of any prior whale watching trip in February!
In just the first five days of February, 2014, we saw more gray whales than we saw the entire month of our whale watching trips in February of 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Experts don’t know exactly why so many more gray whales are being seen during whale watching trips off Southern California this year than during previous seasons. Perhaps more whales are traveling closer to shore instead of going outside of Catalina Island.
Gray whales are making their annual migration from their feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas to the warm lagoons of Baja, California, to mate and have their calves. They will travel about 12,000 miles, making one of the longest migrations of any mammal.
During their migration gray whales face numerous challenges and hazards. One threat in particular takes the lives of nearly 1,000 whales and dolphins every day because of fishing gear entanglement. Captain Dave is passionate about spreading awareness of this problem and organized Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group in 2008. He has successfully disentangled several gray whales, including Lily, whose disentanglement in Dana Point Harbor made national headlines. Capt. Dave recently launched his new catamaran, “Lily Whale Research/Rescue Safari”, a 62-foot luxury whale watching vessel that has also been specially equipped to rescue entangled whales and dolphins as well as conduct photographic recapture research.
Record breaking gray whale sightings and summer-like weather have created a “perfect storm” of whale watching opportunities off of Dana Point. We have daily trips to see gray whales, as well as fin whales, minke whales, and five species of wild dolphins. Call 949-488-2828 or make whale watching reservations online.
Watch one of our recent videos, taken during a regular trip, when a playful gray whale comes eye-to-eye with our naturalist in one of our Underwater Viewing Pods!