Dolphins, Whales, and Sharks, Oh My!
Orange County offers more than just the dolphin and whale watching that it is famous for. Our scenic waters are teeming with so many different types of wildlife, you never know what you may encounter during your whale watching trip. Every safari is different!
Do you “sea” lions? Yes, we do!
California Sea Lions
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We see more than 50 species of beautiful marine birds including endangered Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Blue Herons, Terns, Egrets, Shearwaters, Gulls, and more.
As a free extension of our regular dolphin and whale watching safari, the first trip of every Saturday has a pelagic bird emphasis, as well as the marine mammals.
A few of our frequently seen birds include:
You won’t “need a bigger boat” to view sharks and other fish!
From tiny anchovies to the second largest fish in the world, Dana Point is host to a great variety of fish, many of which can be seen during our dolphin and whale watching excursions.
The Mola mola, or Sunfish, is one of the most frequent fish our passengers see because sunfish like to lay flat on the surface of the water. Mola are the largest bony fish in the world and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.
Occassionally various species of sharks are seen at the surface, including Great White Sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue Sharks, Thresher Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. During our regular dolphin and whale watching safaris we have also encountered very rare Basking Sharks, a filter feeder and the second largest living fish after the Whale Shark!
Uncommon Sea Creatures & Picturesque Landscapes
Unique and rare wildlife are also observed include beautiful jellyfish, sea turtles, devil rays, by-the-wind sailors, and more.
And on top of all the incredible animals, Captain Dave’s Dana Point whale watching safaris also view historic boats, gorgeous coastline and beaches, and many other memorable sights.