Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Sightings

Learn more about our daily, year-round, dolphin and whale watching trips. Questions? Feel free to call us at 949-488-2828.

Learn more about the dolphins, whales, and other marine wildlife listed in our whale watching sightings logs.

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Whale Watching Sightings at a Glance

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FREQUENTLY SEEN WHALES, DOLPHINS, & WILDLIFE:
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Bottlenose DolphinXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Pacific White-sided DolphinXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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Gray WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXX
Gray Whales & CalvesXXXXXXXXXXX
Blue WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Minke WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Fin WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX
Mola Mola/SunfishXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
California Sea LionsXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Elephant SealsXXXXXXXXXXXX
SharksXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
INFREQUENTLY SEEN WHALES & DOLPHINS:
Killer Whales (Orca)XXXXXX
Humpback WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
False Killer WhalesXXX
Pilot WhalesXX
Bryde’s WhalesXXXXX
Sperm WhalesX
X=1 SightingX X= 2-6 SightingsX X X= 7+ Sightings

Previous whale watching sightings: 2013 |  20122011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

2014 Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date# of TripsBottlenose DolphinCommon DolphinPacific White-sided DolphinRisso’s DolphinWhalesOther
Oct 1831,000 Common Dolphins1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin3 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
Oct 17210 Common Dolphins50 – 100 Pilot Whales
Oct 162125 Common Dolphins2 Fin Whales,
2 Humpback Whales
Oct 1521,000 Common Dolphins22 Pacific White-sided Dolphins2 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
Oct 14340 Bottlenose Dolphins1,250 Common Dolphins12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Fin Whale,
3 Humpback Whales,
4 Minke Whales
Oct 133136 Bottlenose Dolphins850 Common Dolphins2 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
Oct 122400 Common Dolphins1 Humpback Whale,
2 Minke Whales
1 Swordfish, 1 Hammerhead Shark, 10 Flying Fish
Oct 113500 Common Dolphins20 Risso’s Dolphins1 Blue Whale,
2 Humpback Whales
1 Mola Mola
Oct 102450 Common Dolphins11 Flying Fish
Oct 911,000 Common Dolphins2 Flying Fish
Oct 8326 Bottlenose Dolphins280 Common Dolphins6 Humpback Whales
Oct 722,000 Common Dolphins
Oct 6429 Bottlenose Dolphins350 Common Dolphins70 Sperm Whales (On Each Trip),
1 Minke Whale
Oct 5210 Bottlenose Dolphins400 Common Dolphins3 Humpback Whales,
1 Unidentified Whale
Oct 44115 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)11,500 Common Dolphins3 Minke Whales (1 Breached!)
Oct 336,500 Common Dolphins1 Turtle
Oct 212,000 Common Dolphins1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
Oct 11300 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola
Sept 3033,800 Common Dolphins1 Sea Turtle
Sept 29250 Bottlenose Dolphins2,000 Common Dolphins2 Humpback Whales1 Mola Mola
Sept 282200 Bottlenose Dolphins1,000 Common Dolphins1 Humpback Whale1 Mola Mola
Sept 273700 Common Dolphins2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins2 Minke Whales
Sept 2631,350 Common Dolphins2 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
Sept 2521,300 Common Dolphins2 Humpback Whales
Sept 2431,800 Common Dolphins2 Humpback Whales, 3 Minke Whales
Sept 2331,590 Common Dolphins1 Humpback Whale,
3 Minke Whales
Sept 22680 Bottlenose Dolphins1,500 Common Dolphins1 Blue Whale1 Elephant Seal, 1 Blue-spotted Pufferfish, 1 Mola Mola
Sept 2133,000 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales
Sept 2041,200 Common Dolphins4 Blue Whales1 Elephant Seal
Sept 192500 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales,
2 Fin Whales,
1 Minke Whale
Sept 1831,000 Common Dolphins7 Blue Whales
Sept 173500 Common Dolphins9 Blue Whales,
1 Minke Whale
Sept 162550 Common Dolphin3 Blue Whales
Sept 15150 Bottlenose Dolphins2,500 Common Dolphins5 Blue Whales20 Flying Fish
Sept 1431,030 Common Dolphins7 Blue Whales,
1 Fin Whale
4 Mola Mola
Sept 13754 Bottlenose Dolphins2,000 Common Dolphins12 Blue Whales,
2 Fin Whales,
2 Humpback Whales
1 Elephant Seal, 1 Flying Fish
Sept 12250 Bottlenose Dolphins2 Common Dolphins4 Blue Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
1 Hammerhead Shark,
7 Flying Fish
Sept 11275 Bottlenose Dolphins1 Blue Whale,
1 Humpback Whale
Sept 101400 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales1 Hammerhead Shark
Sept 92550 Common Dolphins4 Blue Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
3 Mola Mola
Sept 82500 Common Dolphins7 Blue Whales2 Swordfish,
1 Hammerhead Shark,
2 Mola Mola
Sept 73220 Common Dolphins5 Blue Whales3 Mola Mola, 7 Flying Fish
Sept 651,500 Common Dolphins15 Blue Whales,
2 Humpback Whales
2 Flying Fish
Sept 521,400 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
Sept 42450 Common Dolphins6 Blue Whales1 Mola Mola
Sept 3220 Bottlenose Dolphins150 Common Dolphins1 Blue Whale,
1 Gray Whale (Entangled)
Sept 2212 Bottlenose Dolphins600 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whale5 Mola Mola
Sept 1350 Bottlenose Dolphins900 Common Dolphins13 Blue Whales2 Hammerhead Sharks
Aug 31612 Bottlenose Dolphins610 Common Dolphins11 Blue Whales
Aug 305470 Common Dolphins19 Blue Whales
Aug 293950 Common Dolphins13 Blue Whales
Aug 283275 Common Dolphins11 Blue Whales
Aug 273800 Common Dolphins4 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale1 Mola Mola, 1 Flying Fish
Aug 26250 Bottlenose Dolphins150 Common Dolphins1 Blue Whale
Aug 2531,000 Common Dolphins6 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales1 Mola Mola
Aug 24485 Bottlenose Dolphins150 Common Dolphins4 Blue Whales,4 Fin Whales5 Mola Mola, 1 Flying Fish
Aug 235194 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including “Patches”)900 Common Dolphins9 Blue Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
1 Mola Mola
Aug 22526 Bottlenose Dolphins1,170 Common Dolphins1 Minke Whale
Aug 2131,100 Common Dolphins
Aug 204500 Common Dolphins10 Blue Whales,
2 Unidentified Whales
Aug 1948 Bottlenose Dolphins400 Common Dolphins5 Blue Whales,
2 Bryde’s whales,
2 Minke Whales
2 Mola Mola
Aug 1846 Bottlenose Dolphins1,000 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales1 Thresher Shark, 1 Mako Shark, 1 Mola Mola
Aug 17712 Bottlenose Dolphins1,750 Common Dolphins11 Blue Whales (Including Humphrey and Razor)1 Brown Booby, 1 Cormorant “Rocky”
Aug 16836 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins38 Blue Whales (Including Blue Ray)2 Mola Mola
Aug 15878 Bottlenose Dolphins600 Common Dolphins43 Blue Whales
Aug 14455 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins16 Blue Whales
Aug 135150 Bottlenose Dolphins1,250 Common Dolphins11 Blue Whales1 Mola Mola
Aug 1261,703 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales1 Shark, 1 Mola Mola
Aug 115200 Bottlenose Dolphins1,201 Common Dolphins4 Blue Whales
Aug 106130 Bottlenose Dolphins760 Common Dolphins5 Blue Whales (Including “Groot”),4 Minke Whales1 Breach Mako Shark, 2 Mola Mola
Aug 9835 Bottlenose Dolphins3,150 Common Dolphins1 Blue Whales, 3 Minke Whales1 Stingray, 1 Flying Fish
Aug 833 Bottlenose Dolphins350 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whales (Including “Rooster”)
Aug 76170 Bottlenose Dolphins1,100 Common Dolphins5 Mola Mola, 1 Flying Fish
Aug 67155 Bottlenose Dolphins1,700 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whales1 Great Hammerhead Shark, 2 Mola Mola
Aug 5579 Bottlenose Dolphins650 Common Dolphins4 Blue Whales
Aug 451,300 Common Dolphins8 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales
Aug 371,700 Common Dolphins10 Blue Whales, 3 Minke Whales
Aug 274 Bottlenose Dolphins2,020 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales1 Mako Shark
Aug 1730 Bottlenose Dolphins960 Common Dolphins6 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale7 Mola Mola
July 3162,050 Common Dolphins15 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whale, 2 Minke Whales
July 3061,550 Common Dolphins12 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 2943,085 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf)
4 Minke Whales
July 285100 Bottlenose Dolphins600 Common Dolphins8 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf),
2 Bryde’s Whales,
2 Minke Whales
2 Mola Mola
July 27772 Bottlenose Dolphins2,300 Common Dolphins19 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf),
2 Minke Whales
1 Mola Mola
July 269761 Common Dolphins50 Risso’s Dolphins16 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf),
1 Bryde’s Whale,
1 Minke Whale
9 Mola Mola
July 256540 Common Dolphins15 Blue WhalesRaft of 50 Sea Lions
July 2499 Bottlenose Dolphins920 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales1 Unidentified Shark, 3 Mola Mola
July 236700 Common Dolphins8 Blue Whales1 Hammerhead Shark, 1 Flying Fish
July 2263,350 Common Dolphins2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf),
1 Bryde’s Whale,
2 Minke Whales
3 Mola Mola
July 2154 Bottlenose Dolphins1,850 Common Dolphins10 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf)8 Mola Mola
July 20485 Bottlenose Dolphins (With “Patches”)1,900 Common Dolphins3 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf),
1 Bryde’s Whale,
1 Minke Whale
1 Elephant Seal, 3 Mola Mola
July 196106 Bottlenose Dolphins600 Common Dolphins12 Blue Whales,
2 Minke Whales
July 18425 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins100 Risso’s Dolphins16 Blue Whales
July 17750 Bottlenose Dolphins1,525 Common Dolphins17 Blue Whales,
10 Fin Whales
1 Elephant Seal
July 16450 Bottlenose Dolphins950 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whales,
2 Minke Whales
6 Mola Mola
July 156130 Bottlenose Dolphins (With “Patches”)1,150 Common Dolphins1 Blue Whale
July 14453 Bottlenose Dolphins1,550 Common Dolphins13 Blue Whales1 Mola Mola, 1 Yellowfin Tuna
July 133100 Bottlenose Dolphins (With “Patches”)1,012 Common Dophins9 Blue Whales7 Mola Mola, 1 Sea Turtle, 1 Dorado
July 1252,050 Common Dolphins20 Risso’s Dolphins5 Blue Whales1 Hammerhead Shark, 1 Mako Shark, 8 Mola Mola
July 113290 Common Dolphins50 Risso’s Dolphins1 Blue Whale
July 103835 Common Dolphins11 Blue Whales
July 96275 Bottlenose Dolphins7 Blue Whales10 Mola Mola, 1 Mako Shark
July 8360 Bottlenose Dolphins1,600 Common Dolphins8 Blue Whales1 Hammerhead Shark, 1 Blue Shark
July 731,200 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales
July 6515 Bottlenose Dolphins8,000 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales
July 56200 Bottlenose Dolphins4,100 Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale (Rare for July!)2 Mola Mola
July 4570 Bottlenose Dolphins2,950 Common Dolphins
July 3450 Bottlenose Dolphins3,300 Common Dolphins
July 2395 Bottlenose Dolphins (With “Patches”)425 Common Dolphins
July 1250 Bottlenose Dolphins1,600 Common Dolphins
June 30340 Bottlenose Dolphins1,500 Common Dolphins
June 2932,012 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whales
June 284150 Bottlenose Dolphins25 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whales, 1 Gray Whlae (Rare for June!)
June 2741,800 Common Dolphins
June 26550 Bottlenose Dolphins1,200 Common Dolphins1 Minke Whale
June 252200 Common Dolphins
June 2442 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins1 Humpback Whale (Seen on 3 Trips)2 Mola Mola
June 2351,650 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales (Including “Kinko”)1 Unidentified Baleen Whale
June 22325 Bottlenose Dolphins2,700 Common Dolphins1 Minke Whale
June 21550 Bottlenose Dolphins1,300 Common Dolphins1 Unidentified Baleen Whale1 Green Sea Turtle, 1 Mola Mola
June 20370 Bottlenose Dolphins1,006 Common Dolphins3 Minke Whales1 Elephant Seal
June 193100 Bottlenose Dolphins150 Common Dolphins2 Mola Mola
June 1821,250 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola
June 17215 Bottlenose Dolphins850 Common Dolphins
June 162350 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola
June 155177 Bottlenose Dolphins5,600 Common Dolphins1 Green Sea Turtle
June 144150 Bottlenose Dolphins4,400 Common Dolphins1 Minke Whale
June 13130 Bottlenose Dolphins300 Common Dolphins
June 12330 Bottlenose Dolphins200 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola
June 11450 Bottlenose Dolphins5,200 Common Dolphins2 Minke Whales1 Mola Mola
June 10280 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins
June 9363 Bottlenose Dolphins700 Common Dolphins
June 8220 Bottlenose Dolphins3,000 Common Dolphins15 Mola Mola, 1 Mako Shark
June 73250 Bottlenose Dolphins200 Common Dolphins20 Risso’s Dolphins50 Pilot Whales (First SoCal sighting since 1996)1 Mako Shark
June 63800 Common Dolphins1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale
June 531 Bottlenose Dolphin2,000 Common Dolphins
June 44325 Common Dolphins2 RARE Bryde’s Whales (Cow/Calf), 6 Minke Whales
June 3375 Bottlenose Dolphins1,015 Common Dolphins1 Fin Whale, 2 RARE Bryde’s Whales (Cow/Calf)
June 21No Sightings
June 122 Blue Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 315231 Bottlenose Dolphins950 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola
May 304395 Bottlenose Dolphins1,400 Common Dolphins3 Mola Mola
May 292600 Common Dolphins
May 285250 Bottlenose Dolphins2,420 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola
May 272
May 262200 Bottlenose Dolphins1 Minke Whale1 Blue Shark, 1 Mako Shark
May 253217 Bottlenose Dolphins4 Mola Mola
May 243106 Bottlenose Dolphins560 Common Dolphins
May 232200 Common Dolphins
May 2212 Bottlenose Dolphins100 Common Dolphins1 Minke Whale
May 2113 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 202
May 1931,000 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales
May 1849 Bottlenose Dolphins150 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf), 3 Minke Whales1 Mola Mola
May 1765 Bottlenose Dolphins490 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 2 Minke Whales
May 164515 Common Dolphins8 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 152250 Common Dolphins2 Fin Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 1426 Bottlenose Dolphins250 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 1333 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
May 123600 Common Dolphins9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
May 119 Trips4 Bottlenose Dolphins1,975 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola Rough Seas Today!
May 107 Trips30 Bottlenose Dolphins3,050 Common Dolphins10 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2 Minke Whales1 Mola Mola
May 93106 Bottlenose Dolphins12 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2 Minke Whales1 Mola Mola
May 821,600 Common Dolphins1 Minke Whale
May 71250 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales
May 626 Bottlenose Dolphins600 Common Dolphins
May 544 Bottlenose Dolphins560 Common Dolphins26 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pods)
May 431,400 Common Dolphins9 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pods)
May 33400 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 222 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 132 Bottlenose Dolphins250 Common Dolphins3 Blue Whales, 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)Chuck found our 1st Blue Whales of this season!
April 302450 Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf), 1 Minke Whale
April 291500 Common Dolphins
April 281300 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales
April 2731,050 Common Dolphins13 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf Pairs)
April 261200 Common Dolphins
April 2537 Bottlenose Dolphins1 Gray Whale
April 2468 Bottlenose Dolphins3,800 Common Dolphins1 Fin Whale, 16 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
April 2326 Bottlenose Dolphins100 Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales
April 2231,000 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2 Minke Whales
April 21218 Bottlenose Dolphins220 Common Dolphins2 Fin Whales, 14 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
April 200Happy Easter! No Trips.
April 194100 Bottlenose Dolphins300 Common Dolphins1 Fn Whale, 8 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
April 1832,200 Common Dolphins7 Minke Whales
April 1741,350 Common Dolphins9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 3 Minke Whales
April 16250 Bottlenose Dolphins100 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 6 Minke Whales
April 1535 Bottlenose Dolphins1,200 Common Dolphins20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
April 1421,300 Common Dolphin1 Gray Whale
April 13313 Bottlenose Dolphins400 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
April 1221,200 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)1 Mola Mola
April 1133,000 Common Dolphins10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray Whales
April 1042 Bottlenose Dolphins200 Common Dolphins7 Pacific White-sided Dolphins10 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale1 Mola Mola
April 9410 Bottlenose Dolphins3,500 Common Dolphins5 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale1 Mola Mola
April 8335 Bottlenose Dolphins200 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
April 731,100 Common Dolphins50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins11 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
April 641,600 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales
April 543 Bottlenose Dolphins1,450 Common Dolphins20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins14 Gray Whales
April 43150 Common Dolphins12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Fin Whale, 7 Gray Whales
April 325 Bottlenose Dolphins550 Common Dolphins1 Fin Whale, 2 Gray Whales
April 22No Sightings – Rough Seas
April 12250 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales
March 3124 Bottlenose Dolphins5 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales
March 305430 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales
March 295200 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins22 Gray Whales
March 286225 Bottlenose Dolphins1,500 Common Dolphins12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins18 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale
March 2754,100 Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale
March 2622 Gray Whales
March 2521,150 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale
March 24526 Bottlenose Dolphins3,200 Common Dolphins40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins12 Gray Whales
March 23618 Bottlenose Dolphins2,200 Common Dolphin20 Gray Whales
March 22626 Bottlenose Dolphins2,450 Common Dolphins9 Pacific White-sided Dolphins17 Gray Whales
March 213312 Common Dolphins11 Gray Whales1 Thresher Shark
March 2052,550 Common Dolphins13 Gray Whales
March 1931,200 Common Dolphins15 Gray Whales
March 1841,200 Common Dolphins30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins11 Gray Whales
March 1756 Bottlenose Dolphins400 Common Dolphins36 Gray Whales
March 166520 Common Dolphins28 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf)
March 156400 Bottlenose Dolphins700 Common Dolphins33 Gray Whales
March 144850 Common Dolphins22 Gray Whales1 Steller Sea Lion
March 1334 Bottlenose Dolphins700 Common Dolphins6 Pacific White-side Dolphins11 Gray WhalesVERY RARE 40 – 50 False Killer Whales
March 1231,500 Common Dolphins4 Gray WhalesVERY RARE 40 – 50 False Killer Whales
March 1141,200 Common Dolphins12 Risso’s Dolphins6 Gray Whales
March 10418 Bottlenose Dolphins1,100 Common Dolphins1 Fin Whale, 6 Gray Whales
March 98311 Bottlenose Dolphins1,800 Common Dolphins3 Fin Whale, 31 Gray Whales
March 86100 Bottlenose Dolphins1,300 Common Dolphins30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins16 Gray Whales
March 73200 Bottlenose Dolphins400 Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales
March 6150 Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales
March 53200 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales
March 4212 Bottlenose Dolphins600 Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales
March 32300 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales
March 2386 Bottlenose Dolphins1,000 Common Dolphins15 Gray Whales
March 10Inclement Weather
Feb 280Inclement Weather
Feb 27240 Bottlenose Dolphins50 Common Dolphins2 Fin Whales, 9 Gray Whales
Feb 2622 Fin Whales (Cow/Calf), 2 Gray Whales
Feb 25250 Bottlenose Dolphins2,000 Common Dolphins50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray Whales1 Mola Mola
Feb 2422 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale
Feb 2331,550 Common Dolphins25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins7 Gray Whales“Patches” the Bottlenose Dolphin
Feb 22785 Bottlenose Dolphins3,700 Common Dolphins51 Pacific White-sided Dolphins18 Gray Whales
Feb 2121,200 Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales
Feb 2021,300 Common Dolphins5 Gray Whales
Feb 192100 Bottlenose Dolphins300 Common Dolphins8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins2 Gray Whales
Feb 18275 Common Dolphins12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins2 Gray Whales (1 Breached!)
Feb 177460 Common Dolphins227 Pacific White-sided Dolphins9 Gray Whales
Feb 168 Trips58 Bottlenose Dolphins1,300 Common Dolphins230 Pacific White-sided Dolphins3 Gray Whales
Feb 159 Trips55 Bottlenose Dolphins1,650 Common Dolphins155 Pacific White-sided Dolphins10 Gray Whales
Feb 14440 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins45 Pacific White-sided Dolphins9 Gray Whales
Feb 132100 Bottlenose Dolphins6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins8 Gray Whales
Feb 1223 Bottlenose Dolphins150 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales
Feb 11225 Pacific White-sided Dolphins1 Gray Whale
Feb 1024 Bottlenose Dolphins6 Gray Whales
Feb 92 Bottlenose Dolphins200 Common Dolphins50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins21 Gray Whales
Feb 839 Bottlenose Dolphins17 Gray Whales
Feb 7275 Bottlenose Dolphins200 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales
Feb 61100 Common Dolphins2 Gray Whales
Feb 5220 Bottlenose Dolphins6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray Whales
Feb 43100 Common Dolphins46 Pacific White-sided Dolphins18 Gray Whales
Feb 31100 Bottlenose Dolphins8 Gray Whales
Feb 222,000 Common Dolphins11 Gray Whales
Feb 136,000 Common Dolphins50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins8 Gray Whales
Jan 31211 Gray Whales
Jan 3012 Gray Whales
Jan 2912 Bottlenose Dolphins7 Gray Whales
Jan 2817 Gray Whales
Jan 27150 Bottlenose Dolphins2 Fin Whales, 8 Gray Whales
Jan 264260 Bottlenose Dolphins17 Gray Whales (Including 2 Mating, 1 Breaching)
Jan 252100 Common Dolphins1 Fin Whale, 11 Gray Whales (Including 1 Northbound)
Jan 24273 Bottlenose Dolphins5 Common Dolphins1 Gray Whale
Jan 23250 Bottlenose Dolphins2,000 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales
Jan 222150 Bottlenose Dolphins6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins7 Gray Whales
Jan 2112 Bottlenose Dolphins25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins4 Gray Whales
Jan 20555 Bottlenose Dolphins1,000 Common Dolphins10 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 195112 Bottlenose Dolphins4,100 Common Dolphins9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf),
Jan 18612 Bottlenose Dolphins7,025 Common Dolphins2 Fin Whales, 13 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf),
Jan 1722,100 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales
Jan 162250 Bottlenose Dolphins150 Common Dolphins
Jan 15160 Bottlenose Dolphins3 Gray Whales
Jan 14260 Bottlenose Dolphins1,000 Common Dolphins6 Gray Whales
Jan 1316 Bottlenose Dolphins100 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales
Jan 124130 Bottlenose Dolphins12 Gray Whales (Including 1st Northbound Cow/Calf)
Jan 11343 Common Dolphins12 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Newborn Calf)
Jan 102100 Bottlenose Dolphins50 Common Dolphins3 Gray Whales“Patches” the Bottlenose Dolphin
Jan 9225 Bottlenose Dolphins50 Common Dolphins25 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins6 Gray Whales
Jan 82240 Bottlenose Dolphins340 Common Dolphins1 Mola Mola
Jan 73285 Common Dolphins65 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins6 Gray Whales
Jan 6125 Bottlenose Dolphins1,000 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales (Including “Scarback”)
Jan 56850 Common Dolphins13 Gray WhalesRaft of 100 Sea Lions, 1 Mola Mola
Jan 45350 Bottlenose Dolphins750 Common Dolphins9 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins2 Humpback Whales, 4 Gray Whales
Jan 34100 Bottlenose Dolphins650 Common Dolphins7 Gray Whales
Jan 2612 Bottlenose Dolphins300 Common Dolphins50 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins5 Gray Whales
Jan 1, 201436 Bottlenose Dolphins1,300 Common Dolphins4 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)

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Whether you are new to Orange County whale watching, or have already experienced the best whale watching in Dana Point already, we welcome you to experience all that Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari has to offer. We see Blue Whales May through October, Gray Whales between December and May, Fin Whales and Minke Whales year round, as well as Killer Whales (Orca), Humpback Whales and other whales throughout the year. We see more wild dolphins off Orange County than anywhere in the world! We see five species of wild dolphins off Dana Point, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and Newport Beach, sometimes in megapods as large as 10,000, all year round. Southern California hosts the greatest population of blue whales on earth. Blue whales are the largest known animal to have ever lived. Blue whales were almost hunted to extinction but are now protected worldwide by international law.