Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Sightings

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Whether you are new to Orange County whale watching, or have already experienced the best whale watching in Dana Point, we welcome you to experience all that Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari has to offer. We see Blue Whales May through November, Gray Whales between December and May, Humpback, Fin, and Minke whales year round, as well as Orcas (Killers Whales) and other types of whales throughout the year. We see more wild dolphins off Orange County than anywhere in the world, sometimes in mega-pods as large as 10,000, all year round! Southern California hosts the greatest population of Blue Whales on earth.

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

Whale Watching Sightings at a Glance

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
FREQUENTLY SEEN WHALES, DOLPHINS, & WILDLIFE:
Common Dolphin XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Bottlenose Dolphin XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Pacific White-sided Dolphin XXX XXX XXX XX XX X X XXX XXX XXX
Risso’s Dolphin XXX XXX XXX X XX XX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Gray Whales XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX  X X  X XXX
Gray Whales & Calves X X XX XXX XXX X XX
Blue Whales X XX XX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XX X
Fin Whales XX XXX XXX XXX XXX XX XXX XXX  XX XXX XX XX
Minke Whales XX X XX X XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX
Humpback Whales XX XX XX XX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XX
Mola Mola/Sunfish X X X XX XX XXX XXX XXX XXX X X X
California Sea Lions XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Elephant Seals X XX XX XXX XXX XX
Sharks XX XX XX X XX XX XXX XXX XXX X XXX
INFREQUENTLY SEEN WHALES & DOLPHINS:
Killer Whales (Orca) XX X X X X
False Killer Whales XX X
Pilot Whales X X X XX
Bryde’s Whales XX XX X
Sperm Whales X
X=1 Sighting X X= 2-6 Sightings X X X= 7+ Sightings

Previous whale watching sightings: 20142013 |  2012 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

2015 – 2016 Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date # of Trips Bottlenose Dolphin Common Dolphin Pacific White-sided Dolphin Risso’s Dolphin Whales Other
Feb 11 3 550 Common Dolphins 15 Gray Whales
Feb 10 2 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 800 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 8 Gray Whales
Feb 9 2 8 Bottlenose Dolphins 525 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales
Feb 8 2 612 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales
Feb 7 2 50 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 9 Gray Whales
Feb 6 3 800 Common Dolphins 15 Gray Whales
Feb 5 2 100 Common Dolphins 15 Gray Whales
Feb 4 3 1,250 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 10 Gray Whales
Feb 3 2 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 50 Common Dolphins 16 Gray Whales 1 Thresher Shark
Feb 2 2 50 Common Dolphins 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 11 Gray Whales
Feb 1 0 Inclement Weather
Jan 31 1 3 Gray Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
Jan 30 3 405 Common Dolphins 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 10 Gray Whales,
1 Unidentified Whale
1 Mola Mola
Jan 29 3 22 Bottlenose Dolphins 320 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 16 Gray Whales
Jan 28 3 300 Common Dolphins 22 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 10 Gray Whales
Jan 27 1 25 Common Dolphins 7 Gray Whales
Jan 26 2 120 Common Dolphins 8 Gray Whales
Jan 25 2 29 Common Dolphins 15 Gray Whales
Jan 24 3 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 60 Common Dolphins 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin 13 Gray Whales (Including 2 Cow/Calf Pairs)
Jan 23 4 10 Bottlenose Dolphins 232 Common Dolphins 14 Gray Whales
Jan 22 2 25 Common Dolphins 5 Gray Whales
Jan 21 1 200 Common Dolphins
Jan 20 2 600 Common Dolphins 7 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 19 2 200 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale
Jan 18 2 50 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Gray Whales
Jan 17 3 225 Common Dolphins 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 4 Gray Whales
Jan 16 2 353 Common Dolphins 6 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
Jan 15 2 40 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,000 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 3 Gray Whales
Jan 14 2 65 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 13 4 450 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales
Jan 12 1 300 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 8 Gray Whales (4 Mating)
Jan 11 2 105 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales
Jan 10 1 2 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale
Jan 9 1 8 Bottlenose Dolphins 2 Common Dolphins 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 4 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 8 3 15 Bottlenose Dolphins 300 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 4 Gray Whales
Jan 7 5 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Jan 6 1 No Sightings
Jan 5 0 No Trips – Inclement Weather
Jan 4 2 40 Common Dolphins 6 Gray Whales, 1 Unidentified Whale
Jan 3 2 100 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
Jan 2 3 125 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 12 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 1, 2016 3 20 Bottlenose Dolphins 603 Common Dolphins 7 Gray Whales
Dec 31 3 2,825 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
Dec 30 3 2,250 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales
Dec 29 2 18 Bottlenose Dolphins 40 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
Dec 28 3 130 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales,
1 Gray Whale,
1 Unidentified Whale
Dec 27 4 13 Bottlenose Dolphins 327 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales
Dec 26 3 2,060 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale,
1 Gray Whale
Dec 25 0 No Trips – Merry Christmas!
Dec 24 3 45 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale
Dec 23 2 50 Common Dolphins
Dec 22 0 No Trips – Inclement Weather
Dec 21 1 6 Gray Whales 1 Elephant Seal
Dec 20 1 25 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale
Dec 19 2 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 2 Gray Whales
Dec 18 0 No Trips
Dec 17 1 100 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale, 1 Unidentified Baleen Whale
Dec 16 2 350 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Minke Whale
Dec 15 1 30 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale (“Scarback”)
Dec 14 0 No Trips – Inclement Weather
Dec 13 1 15 Common Dolphins
Dec 12 1 15 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Dec 11 0 No Trips – Inclement Weather
Dec 10 1 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 100 Common Dolphins
Dec 9 1 200 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Dec 8 1 100 Common Dolphins
Dec 7 1 20 Common Dolphins 1 Minke Whale
Dec 6 1 100 Common Dolphins
Dec 5 1 250 Common Dolphins
Dec 4 2 62 Common Dolphins
Dec 3 1 20 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale
Dec 2 2 10 Bottlenose Dolphins 375 Common Dolphins
Dec 1 1 100 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Gray Whale (Our 1st of the season)
Nov 30 1 1 Bottlenose Dolphins 6 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 29 2 400 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 29 2 400 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 28 3 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 300 Common Dolphins 4 Humpback Whales
Nov 27 5 375 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales
Nov 26 0 Closed Today – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 25 0 No Trips – Inclement Weather
Nov 24 2 50 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales
Nov 23 4 390 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 22 2 150 Common Dolphins 11 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Nov 21 3 10 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales
Nov 20 2 10 Bottlenose Dolphins 225 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale (Entangled – See Video)
Nov 19 2 300 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Nov 18 1 50 Common Dolphins
Nov 17 3 275 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Minke Whale
Nov 16 0 No Trips – Inclement Weather
Nov 15 2 200 Common Dolphins
Nov 14 3 160 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Nov 13 1 400 Common Dolphins
Nov 12 1 80 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales
Nov 11 2 50 Common Dolphins 1 Elephant Seal
Nov 10 0 No Trips – Inclement Weather
Nov 9 2 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Nov 8 2 300 Common Dolphins 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale 1 Elephant Seal
Nov 7 6 900 Common Dolphins 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin
Nov 6 2 200 Common Dolphins 4 Humpback Whales
Nov 5 2 75 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Minke Whale
Nov 4 0 No Trips
Nov 3 1 No Sightings – Rough Seas
Nov 2 1 3 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Nov 1 2 305 Common Dolphins 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin
Oct 31 1 15 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales
Oct 30 1 100 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Oct 29 2 200 Common Dolphins
Oct 28 2 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 400 Common Dolphins
Oct 27 1 1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
Oct 26 2 300 Common Dolphins 7 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Oct 25 3 170 Common Dolphins 1 Unidentified Shark
Oct 24 5 1,050 Common Dolphins 1 Mako Shark
Oct 23 2 30 Common Dolphins 1 Blue Whale
Oct 22 4 2,300 Common Dolphins 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales
Oct 21 1 50 Common Dolphins 10 Flying Fish
Oct 20 3 520 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales
Oct 19 1 10 Common Dolphins
Oct 18 4 1,450 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 5 Flying Fish
Oct 17 5 1,212 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Humpback Whales 25 Flying Fish, 1 Bat Ray
Oct 16 3 250 Common Dolphins
Oct 15 2 250 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Oct 14 1 300 Common Dolphins
Oct 13 2 200 Common Dolphins 50 Short-finned Pilot Whales,
1 Unidentified Beaked Whale
2 Mola Mola
Oct 12 3 575 Common Dolphins 5 Mola Mola
Oct 11 4 950 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales
Oct 10 5 940 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Humpback Whales 1 Mola Mola, 1 Pufferfish
Oct 9 2 275 Common Dolphins 1 Fin Whale (Entangled)
Oct 8 2 250 Common Dolphins 11 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 3 Minke Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
Oct 7 3 800 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale 1 Hammerhead Shark
Oct 6 2 600 Common Dolphins 1 Unidentified Whale
Oct 5 1 25 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
Oct 4 2 75 Common Dolphins 26 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
Oct 3 4 400 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 5 Humpback Whales,
1 Bryde’s Whale,
1 Minke Whale
2 Hammerhead Sharks
Oct 2 3 650 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Oct 1 1 400 Common Dolphins 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Sept 30 3 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,500 Common Dolphins 120 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Flying Fish
Sept 29 2 550 Common Dolphins 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin 2 Humpback Whales 1 Mako Shark
Sept 28 3 115 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales
Sept 27 3 1,025 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales
Sept 26 6 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 3,475 Common Dolphins 27 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 4 Flying Fish
Sept 25 4 1,900 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Flying Fish
Sept 24 2 1,150 Common Dolphins 3 Flying Fish
Sept 23 2 200 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales 1 Malolo (Flying Fish)
Sept 22 2 16 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,000 Common Dolphins 1 Hammerhead Shark
Sept 21 1 1 Hammerhead Shark
Sept 20 3 800 Common Dolphins 70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales,
1 Blue Whale
1 Hammerhead Shark
Sept 19 4 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 580 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales 1 Elephant Seal
Sept 18 3 575 Common Dolphins 85 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 4 Minke Whales
Sept 17 3 380 Common Dolphins 4 Minke Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
Sept 16 2 900 Common Dolphins
Sept 15 1 200 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
Sept 14 2 650 Common Dolphins
Sept 13 2 1,500 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Sept 12 4 600 Common Dolphins 2 Minke Whales 2 Hammerhead Sharks
Sept 11 3 600 Common Dolphins 9 Minke Whales
Sept 10 4 35 Bottlenose Dolphins 25 Common Dolphins 9 Minke Whales,
1 Gray Whale (Breaching!)
Sept 9 2 2 Blue Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales
Sept 8 2 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 300 Common Dolphins 50 Risso’s Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
Sept 7 6 660 Common Dolphins 5 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
Sept 6 9 4,550 Common Dolphins 4 Blue Whales,
2 Humpback Whales,
1 Unidentified Whale
1 Mola Mola
Sept 5 8 2,390 Common Dolphins 5 Blue Whales,
2 Bryde’s Whales,
1 Mola Mola
Sept 4 3 1,150 Comon Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
Sept 3 1 300 Common Dolphins 1 Blue Whale 1 Hammerhead Shark , 1 Mola Mola
Sept 2 3 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 550 Common Dolphins 3 Blue Whales
Sept 1 3 1,250 Common Dolphins 4 Blue Whales, 3 Humpback Whales
Aug 31 1 2 Blue Whales
Aug 30 5 575 Common Dolphins 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 9 Blue Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale 1 Hammerhead Shark
Aug 29 5 1,450 Common Dolphins 7 Blue Whales
Aug 28 1 200 Common Dolphins 1 Blue Whale 2 Hammerhead Sharks
Aug 27 3 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,400 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whale 2 Hammerhead Sharks
Aug 26 2 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 700 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales
Aug 25 3 200 Common Dolphins 5 Blue Whales 4 Hammerhead Sharks
Aug 24 4 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 4 Common Dolphins 4 Blue Whales, 3 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Hammerhead Shark
Aug 23 4 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 400 Common Dolphins 9 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale
Aug 22 3 13 Blue Whales 2 Mola Mola
Aug 21 5 140 Common Dolphins 10 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale 1 Unidentified Shark
Aug 20 3 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 600 Common Dolphins 5 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales
Aug 19 4 1,450 Common Dolphins 10 Blue Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
Aug 18 5 400 Common Dolphins 20 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale
Aug 17 3 41 Bottlenose Dolphins 17 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales 1 Hammerhead Shark
Aug 16 5 1 Bottlenose Dolphin 83 Common Dolphins 23 Blue Whales, 2 Minke Whales
Aug 15 6 90 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,700 Common Dolphins 19 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Aug 14 4 20 Bottlenose Dolphins 700 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 3 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale
Aug 13 4 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,700 Common Dolphins 30 Risso’s Dolphins 7 Blue Whales, 1 Unidentified Baleen Whale
Aug 12 5 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 5,500 Common Dolphins 6 Risso’s Dolphins 1 Unidentified Baleen Whale
Aug 11 4 2,750 Common Dolphins 12 Risso’s Dolphins 1 Blue Whale, 1 Minke Whale
Aug 10 4 1,050 Common Dolphins
Aug 9 8 2,400 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 2 Minke Whales
Aug 8 8 4,950 Common Dolphins 8 Minke Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales, 1 Fin Whale 1 Elephant Seal
Aug 7 4 60 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches) 975 Common Dolphins 3 Minke Whales 1 Hammerhead Shark, 1 Loggerhead Turtle
Aug 6 5 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,550 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale 1 Thresher Shark, 1 Hammerhead Shark
Aug 5 7 2,650 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales
Aug 4 6 8,900 Common Dolphins 7 Blue Whales
Aug 3 6 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,865 Common Dolphins 8 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Hammerhead Shark
Aug 2 5 18 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,300 Common Dolphins 3 Blue Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Elephant Seal
Aug 1 8 153 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,550 Common Dolphins 12 Blue Whales, 1 Gray Whale (In Dana Point Harbor)
July 31 6 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,150 Common Dolphins 3 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 30 4 20 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,500 Common Dolphins 9 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 29 6 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,650 Common Dolphins 12 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whales 1 Hammerhead Shark
July 28 4 3,350 Common Dolphins 4 Minke Whales, 3 Bryde’s Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale,
July 27 5 3,100 Common Dolphins 10 Humpback Whales
July 26 5 2,200 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 25 6 4,900 Common Dolphins 10 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale 1 Hammerhead Shark
July 24 6 3,600 Common Dolphins 11 Humpback Whales, 4 Minke Whales
July 23 6 5,800 Common Dolphins 19 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Hammerhead Shark
July 22 6 3,250 Common Dolphins 9 Blue Whales, 1 Humpback Whale 1 Mako Shark
July 21 6 3,900 Common Dolphins 17 Minke Whales, 6 Humpback Whales, 2 Blue Whales 1 Hammerhead Shark
July 20 4 1,575 Common Dolphins 2 Minke Whales, 1 Blue Whale
July 19 5 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 900 Common Dolphins 3 Minke Whales, 2 Blue Whales (Cow/Calf) 1 Hammerhead Shark
July 18 7 100 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches) 4,000 Common Dolphins 5 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 17 8 6,360 Common Dolphins 11 Blue Whales, 2 Minke Whales
July 16 8 56 Bottlenose Dolphins 6,512 Common Dolphins 7 Blue Whales, 6 Minke Whales
July 15 8 183 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,750 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale
July 14 7 2,600 Common Dolphins 15 Blue Whales
July 13 5 170 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches) 1,340 Common Dolphins 18 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 3 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 12 10 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,430 Common Dolphins 31 Blue Whales, 6 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale
July 11 9 4,300 Common Dolphins 29 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Mola Mola
July 10 4 57 Blue Whales 2 Hammerhead Sharks, 1 Mako Shark, 1 Mola Mola
July 9 3 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,500 Common Dolphins 16 Blue Whales, 3 Minke Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
July 8 3 1,100 Common Dolphins 7 Blue Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
July 7 4 2,500 Common Dolphins 11 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 6 2 3,000 Common Dolphins 3 Blue Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
July 5 3 1,400 Common Dolphins 2 Minke Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 1 Humpback Whale
July 4 6 15 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,225 Common Dolphins 4 Blue Whales, 3 Minke Whales, 2 Humpback Whales
July 3 7 3,050 Common Dolphins 10 Fin Whales, 9 Blue Whales, 1 Bryde’s Whale
July 2 4 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,350 Common Dolphins 4 Minke Whales, 3 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales
July 1 4 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 975 Common Dolphins 4 Minke Whales, 1 Blue Whale
June 30 3 20 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,700 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales (Cow/Calf), 2 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale 1 Mola Mola
June 29 2 250 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales (Cow/Calf) 1 Mola Mola
June 28 4 53 Common Dolphins 1 Blue Whale
June 27 4 24 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,700 Common Dolphins 4 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
June 26 6 15 Bottlenose Dolphins 525 Common Dolphins 6 Blue Whales
June 25 6 4,125 Common Dolphins 4 Humpback Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales, 1 Minke Whale
June 24 5 1,500 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales
June 23 4 5,750 Common Dolphins 5 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
June 22 2 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,350 Common Dolphins 1 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale, 1 (Breaching) Minke Whale 2 Mola Mola
June 21 8 3,200 Common Dolphins 5 Minke Whales, 3 Humpback Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales 2 Mola Mola
June 20 6 8,000 Common Dolphins 6 Humpback Whales 2 Mola Mola
June 19 2 5,000 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
June 18 3 1,350 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Mola Mola
June 17 4 3,050 Common Dolphins 1 Mola Mola
June 16 2 40 Bottlenose Dolphins 6 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 1 Minke Whale
June 15 2 600 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales (Cow/Calf)
June 14 4 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,000 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales (Delta & Calf)
June 13 4 1,450 Common Dolphins 1 Loggerhead Sea Turtle
June 12 3 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,000 Common Dolphins
June 11 2 1,115 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales (Cow/Calf)
June 10 1 75 Bottlenose Dolphins
June 9 2 2 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales
June 8 3 40 Bottlenose Dolphins 340 Common Dolphins 3 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
June 7 6 4,200 Common Dolphins 3 Fin Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales, 2 Minke Whales
June 6 5 19 Bottlenose Dolphins 3,095 Common Dolphins 22 Risso’s Dolphins 2 Fin Whales 1 Mako Shark
June 5 5 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 3,500 Common Dolphins 6 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale
June 4 3 40 Bottlenose Dolphins 800 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf), 1 Blue Whale
June 3 2 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,300 Common Dolphins 2 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 2 Minke Whales
June 2 3 1,300 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Mako Shark
June 1 1 500 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales (Mom and 2 Calves)
May 31 5 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,400 Common Dolphins 2 Minke Whales, 1 Blue Whale
May 30 3 9 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,000 Common Dolphins 4 Blue Whales, 4 Fin Whales, 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 29 2 2,300 Common Dolphin 2 Blue Whales, 2 Humpback Whales
May 28 2 50 Bottlenose (Including Patches) 750 Common Dolphins 2 Humpback Whales, 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf), 1 Blue Whale
May 27 2 500 Common Dolphins 2 Blue Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
May 26 2 1,500 Common Dolphins 3 Fin Whales
May 25 3 4,500 Common Dolphins 40 Pilot Whales, 14 Fin Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 2 Gray Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
May 24 3 Trips 3,000 Common Dolphins 6 Fin Whales
May 23 3 Trips 1,100 Common Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales, 2 Blue Whales
May 22 3 1,525 Common Dolphins 3 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
May 21 3 1,300 Common Dolphins
May 20 2 35 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,000 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf) 2 Mola Mola
May 19 1 1,000 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
May 18 2 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 100 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 17 3 400 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
May 16 2 4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
May 15 2 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,050 Common Dolphins
May 14 1 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 5 Gray Whales
May 13 1 75 Common Dolphins
May 12 2 500 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf), 1 Humpback Whale 1 Mola Mola
May 11 2 1,100 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
May 10 7 4,200 Common Dolphins 1 Humpback Whale
May 9 3 920 Common Dolphins 12 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
May 8 1 9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf Pairs)
May 7 2 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 200 Common Dolphins 12 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
May 6 2 950 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales, (Cow/Calf Pairs), 4 Minke Whales, 3 Humpback Whales
May 5 4 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,600 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 3 Humback Whales, 3 Minke Whales
May 4 2 1,200 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale
May 3 3 2,250 Common Dolphins 14 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
May 2 3 2,500 Common Dolphins 12 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
May 1 4 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 400 Common Dolphins 12 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
Apr 30 2 1,050 Common Dolphins 6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
Apr 29 2 75 Bottlenose Dolphins 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 2 Humpback Whales
Apr 28 2 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calves), 2 Fin Whales
Apr 27 3 10 Bottlenose Dolphins 125 Common Dolphins 24 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 12 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 2 Fin Whales
Apr 26 3 200 Common Dolphins 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 8 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
Apr 25 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 600 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 10 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
Apr 24 4 184 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs) 1 Sea Turtle, 1 Mako Shark
Apr 23 2 2 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale
Apr 22 3 2,500 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
Apr 21 2 40 Bottlenose Dolphins 750 Common Dolphins 10 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
Apr 20 2 200 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales
Apr 19 5 100 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,500 Common Dolphins 9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf Pairs)
Apr 18 5 180 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,400 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 3 Fin Whales
Apr 17 5 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,250 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales
Apr 16 2 500 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs), 1 Fin Whale
Apr 15 2 500 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
Apr 14 2 625 Common Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
Apr 13 2 75 Bottlenose Dolphins 25 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2 Fin Whales
Apr 12 3 375 Common Dolphins 5 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
Apr 11 7 102 Bottlenose Dolphins 975 Common Dolphins 11 Fin Whales, 2 Blue Whales (Cow/Calf), 1 Gray Whale
Apr 10 5 100 Bottlenose Dolphins 260 Common Dolphins 7 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales
Apr 9 5 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,600 Common Dolphins 8 Gray Whales, 3 Fin Whales
Apr 8 6 1,115 Common Dolphins 6 Gray Whales, 3 Humpback Whales, 2 Fin Whales 1 Mola Mola
Apr 7 6 103 Bottlenose Dolphins 440 Common Dolphins 13 Gray Whales, 3 Fin Whales 1 Harbor Seal
Apr 6 6 62 Bottlenose Dolphins 962 Common Dolphins 18 Fin Whales
Apr 5 0 Happy Easter!
Apr 4 8 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,675 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 8 Fin Whales, 6 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale
Apr 3 7 1,736 Common Dolphins 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 15 Gray Whales, 12 Fin Whales
Apr 2 6 18 Bottlenose Dolphins 135 Common Dolphins 11 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales
Apr 1 7 1,100 Common Dolphins 14 Gray Whales
Mar 31 6 20 Bottlenose Dolphins 620 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 9 Gray Whales, 6 Fin Whales 1 Mola Mola, 1 Mako Shark
Mar 30 9 44 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,680 Common Dolphins 11 Fin Whales, 2 Gray Whales
Mar 29 8 120 Bottlenose Dolphins 812 Common Dolphins 116 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale
Mar 28 8 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,805 Common Dolphins 32 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales, 5 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 1 Minke Whale
Mar 27 6 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,200 Common Dolphins 18 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 4 Gray Whales, 3 Blue Whales, 3 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
Mar 26 6 6,700 Common Dolphins 10 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale
Mar 25 1,860 Common Dolphins 54 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 14 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Mola Mola
Mar 24 6 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 255 Common Dolphins 25 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
Mar 23 4 3,200 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 24 Gray Whales, 4 Fin Whales
Mar 22 6 2,350 Common Dolphins 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 24 Gray Whale, 1 Fin Whale 1 Mola Mola
Mar 21 6 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 7,700 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 23 Gray Whales, 4 Fin Whales
Mar 20 6 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,225 Common Dolphins 33 Gray Whales, 1 Blue Whale
Mar 19 4 350 Common Dolphins 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 36 Gray Whales 2 Mola Mola
Mar 18 5 7 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,010 Common Dolphins 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 22 Gray Whales 4 Mola Mola
Mar 17 4 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,700 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 21 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale 1 Elephant Seal
Mar 16 4 8 Bottlenose Dolphins 186 Common Dolphins 17 Gray Whales (1 Entangled), 7 Fin Whales
Mar 15 7 2,214 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 14 Gray Whales, 8 Fin Whales Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 14 11 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 113 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 46 Gray Whales, 21 Fin Whales Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 13 8 7,858 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 27 Gray Whales, 4 Fin Whales 1 Mola Mola
Mar 12 4 4,000 Common Dolphins 28 Gray Whales
Mar 11 5 7 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,000 Common Dolphins 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 23 Gray Whales, 3 Fin Whales 4 Mola Mola
Mar 10 4 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,170 Common Dolphins 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 36 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale 1 Elephant Seal, 1 Unidentified Shark
Mar 9 5 150 Bottlenose Dolphins 105 Common Dolphins 14 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 40 Gray Whales
Mar 8 7 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 385 Common Dolphins 55 Gray Whales Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 7 10 411 Common Dolphins 11 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins 54 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 6 5 205 Common Dolphins 17 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 14 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale
Mar 5 5 1,425 Common Dolphins 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin 14 Gray Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales
Mar 4 2 2,030 Common Dolphins 12 Gray Whales
Mar 3 2 65 Common Dolphins 9 Gray Whales
Mar 2 2 12 Common Dolphins 5 Gray Whales
Mar 1 2 10 Gray Whales
Feb 28 4 27 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 12 Gray Whales 1 Mola Mola
Feb 27 3 40 Common Dolphins 6 Gray Whales
Feb 26 3 1 Bottlenose Dolphins 190 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 12 Gray Whale
Feb 25 5 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 15 Pacifci White-sided Dolphins 15 Gray Whales
Feb 24 3 12 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 14 Gray Whales
Feb 23 2 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 14 Gray Whales
Feb 22 4 124 Common Dolphins 14 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale
Feb 21 8 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 675 Common Dolphins 18 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 25 Gray Whales, 10 Fin Whales
Feb 20 3 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 700 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 18 Gray Whales
Feb 19 3 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 200 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale
Feb 18 3 300 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 7 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale
Feb 17 3 1,175 Common Dolphins 10 Gray Whales
Feb 16 8 472 Bottlenose Dolphins 64 Common Dolphins 165 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 27 Gray Whales, 11 Fin Whales 1 Mola Mola
Feb 15 9 212 Bottlenose Dolphins 415 Common Dolphins 33 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale 1 Mola Mola
Feb 14 10 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,600 Common Dolphins 16 Gray Whales, 7 Fin Whales
Feb 13 5 450 Common Dolphins 26 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 13 Gray Whales, 3 Humpback Whales
Feb 12 3 1 Bottlenose Dolphin 100 Common Dolphins 33 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale
Feb 11 5 137 Bottlenose Dolphins 15 Gray Whales, 3 Humpback Whales, 2 Blue Whales
Feb 10 3 109 Bottlenose Dolphins 45 Common Dolphins 7 Gray Whales 1 Mola Mola
Feb 9 2 25 Common Dolphins 8 Pacifc White-sided Dolphins 11 Gray Whales
Feb 8 6 16 Common Dolphins 9 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 51 Gray Whales
Feb 7 5 158 Common Dolphins 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 29 Gray Whales, 8 Fin Whales (1 Entangled), 1 Minke Whale
Feb 6 3 225 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 13 Gray Whales
Feb 5 2 3 Gray Whales
Feb 4 2 30 Common Dolphins 12 Gray Whales
Feb 3 2 8 Common Dolphins 14 Gray Whales
Feb 2 3 700 Common Dolphins 19 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales
Feb 1 5 285 Common Dolphins 16 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 16 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale 5 Harbor Seals, Pelagic Red Crabs (“Tuna Crabs”)
Jan 31 5 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 61 Common Dolphins 24 Gray Whales
Jan 30 3 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 180 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 20 Gray Whales
Jan 29 2 85 Common Dolphins 7 Gray Whales
Jan 28 2 10 Gray Whales
Jan 27 1 20 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 14 Gray Whales
Jan 26 2 16 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 12 Gray Whales
Jan 25 7 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 185 Common Dolphins 34 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf),
Jan 24 7 358 Common Dolphins 40 – 50 Pilot Whales (RARE!), 21 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 3 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales
Jan 23 2 8 Bottlenose Dolphins 200 Common Dolphins 3 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 12 Gray Whales
Jan 22 2 1,250 Common Dolphins 4 Gray Whales
Jan 21 1 20 Common Dolphins 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 3 Gray Whales
Jan 20 2 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,100 Common Dolphins 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 19 6 2,000 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 22 Gray Whales
Jan 18 7 600 Common Dolphins 25 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf Pairs)
Jan 17 7 2,620 Common Dolphins 16 Gray Whales
Jan 16 3 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 52 Common Dolphins 6 Gray Whales 1 Elephant Seal
Jan 15 3 520 Common Dolphins 22 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 9 Gray Whales
Jan 14 2 150 Common Dolphins 1 Gray Whale
Jan 13 3 220 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 9 Gray Whales
Jan 12 3 450 Common Dolphins 24 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 3 Gray Whales
Jan 11 2 4 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 1 Fin Whale, 1 Gray Whale
Jan 10 2 650 Common Dolphins 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 13 Fin Whales, 9 Gray Whales
Jan 9 4 13 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,200 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 2 Fin Whale, 12 Gray Whales
Jan 8 2 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 201 Common Dolphins 3 Fin Whales, 4 Gray Whales
Jan 7 2 60 Common Dolphins 4 Orca (CA51 Bigg’s Transient Killer Whales), 1 Gray Whale
Jan 6 2 1,250 Common Dolphins 3 Gray Whales
Jan 5 3 300 Common Dolphins 45 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 6 Gray Whales, 2 Minke Whales
Jan 4 3 1,300 Common Dolphins 24 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 4 Fin Whales, 5 Gray Whales
Jan 3 5 1,050 Common Dolphins 33 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 13 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 2 5 1,850 Common Dolphins 139 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 14 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf)
Jan 1, 2015 4 40 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,005 Common Dolphins 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 8 Gray Whales

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