Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Sightings

Check out the video below (watch in HD) to see what our whale watching safaris are like. Scroll down to view all of our sightings. Our whale watching sightings logs date back to 2002!

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Year-round Whales and Dolphins

We see Blue Whales May through November, Gray Whales between December and May, plus Humpback, Fin, and Minke whales year round. Sometimes rare whales such as Orcas (Killer Whales) and other types of baleen or toothed whales are seen throughout the year. We see more wild dolphins off Southern California than anywhere in the world, at times in mega-pods as large as 10,000, all year round! Southern California also hosts the greatest population of Blue Whales on earth during the summer months.

What We See
Learn more about the dolphinswhales, and other marine wildlife that we see year-round.

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Dolphin and 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 XXX XX XX XX XX XX XX
Humpback Whales XX XXX XXX XXX 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:
Orcas (Killer Whales) XX X X     X         X
False Killer Whales     XX X X              
Pilot Whales X       X X       XX    
Bryde’s Whales           XX XX X X      
Sperm Whales                   X    
  X=1 Sighting X X= 2-6 Sightings X X X= 7+ Sightings

 

Dolphin and whale watching sightings archive:
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2016 Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date # of Trips Bottlenose Dolphin Common Dolphin Pacific White-sided Dolphin Risso’s Dolphin Whales Other
Dec 1 1   3,000 Common Dolphins     11 Humpback Whales  
Nov 30 1         40+ Offshore Killer Whales  
Nov 29 1   200 Common Dolphins        
Nov 28 1 6 Bottlenose Dolphins         Raft of 30 Sea Lions
Nov 27 1           No Sightings (Rough Ocean)
Nov 26 2 25 Bottlenose Dolphins   25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins      
Nov 25 3   1,500 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Nov 24 0           Closed – Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 23 3 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 400 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
Nov 22 2   400 Common Dolphins       Raft of 30 Sea Lions
Nov 21 1           No Sightings
Nov 20 1   300 Common Dolphins        
Nov 19 1   100 Common Dolphins        
Nov 18 2   600 Common Dolphins        
Nov 17 2   200 Common Dolphins 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins      
Nov 16 2   200 Common Dolphins        
Nov 15 1 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,000 Common Dolphins   15 Risso’s Dolphins    
Nov 14 2   300 Common Dolphins        
Nov 13 1   1,000 Common Dolphins        
Nov 12 1   300 Common Dolphins        
Nov 11 3   4,100 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Nov 10 1   1,000 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Nov 9 2   500 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Nov 8 2   1,300 Common Dolphins        
Nov 7 2   400 Common Dolphins        
Nov 6 1   300 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Nov 5 2   130 Common Dolphins       1 Mola Mola
Nov 4 2   150 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Nov 3 3   800 Common Dolphins 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins     1 Mako Shark
Nov 2 2   500 Common Dolphins        
Nov 1 2   1,525 Common Dolphins        
Oct 31 1   400 Common Dolphins        
Oct 30 1   220 Common Dolphins        
Oct 29 2   500 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Oct 28 1   5 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins      
Oct 27 2 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 80 Common Dolphins       1 Mako Shark
Oct 26 1   20 Common Dolphins        
Oct 25 2   100 Common Dolphins 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   2 Minke Whales  
Oct 24 1 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 50 Common Dolphins   50 Risso’s Dolphins    
Oct 23 2   600 Common Dolphins        
Oct 22 2   250 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Oct 21 1   100 Common Dolphins       1 Mola Mola
Oct 20 2   900 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins     1 Mola Mola
Oct 19 2   300 Common Dolphins        
Oct 18 2 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 150 Common Dolphins        
Oct 17 1           No Sightings
Oct 16 3   400 Common Dolphins     1 Fin Whale, 1 Humpback Whale  
Oct 15 3   225 Common Dolphins        
Oct 14 2   50 Common Dolphins        
Oct 13 2   700 Common Dolphins        
Oct 12 3   1,500 Common Dolphins     2 Minke Whales 1 Unidentified Shark
Oct 11 2   700 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Oct 10 4   1,100 Common Dolphins 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins      
Oct 9 3 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 700 Common Dolphins     2 Minke Whales  
Oct 8 3   1,600 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Oct 7 3   520 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales, 2 Minke Whales 1 Swordfish
Oct 6 1   1,000 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Oct 5 3   1, 400 Common Dolphins        
Oct 4 1   75 Common Dolphins        
Oct 3 3 8 Bottlenose Dolphins 300 Common Dolphins        
Oct 2 3   700 Common Dolphins       1 Flying Fish
Oct 1 3   42 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Sept 30 2   700 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale  
Sept 29 4   3,600 Common Dolphins     7 Humpback Whales,
2 Bryde’s Whales (RARE)
 
Sept 28 3   420 Common Dolphins     5 Humpback Whales (Including Scarlet)  
Sept 27 1   800 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
Sept 26 1   350 Common Dolphins        
Sept 25 1   200 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Sept 24 3   1,300 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
Sept 23 2   400 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
Sept 22 2   700 Common Dolphins        
Sept 21 2   200 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Sept 20 3   600 Common Dolphins     4 Humpback Whales,
2 Blue Whales
 
Sept 19 1   250 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
Sept 18 2   450 Common Dolphins        
Sept 17 3 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 500 Common Dolphins        
Sept 16 1         1 Blue Whale  
Sept 15 3   400 Common Dolphins     3 Blue Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Sept 14 2   104 Common Dolphins        
Sept 13 3 175 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,350 Common Dolphins        
Sept 12 1   500 Common Dolphins       3 Mola Mola
Sept 11 3   3,000 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
Sept 10 3   400 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
Sept 9 2   230 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Sept 8 2 70 Bottlenose Dolphins         1 Mola Mola
Sept 7 2 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 500 Common Dolphins       1 Mola Mola
Sept 6 2   600 Common Dolphins        
Sept 5 4   500 Common Dolphins        
Sept 4 6 3 Bottlenose Dolphins 6,475 Common Dolphins        
Sept 3 6   6,600 Common Dolphins     2 Blue Whales  
Sept 2 2   500 Common Dolphins     2 Blue Whales  
Sept 1 1   400 Common Dolphins        
Aug 31 2   1,300 Common Dolphins     2 Blue Whales 1 Sea Turtle
Aug 30 2   1,000 Common Dolphins     3 Blue Whales  
Aug 29 4   1,600 Common Dolphins     2 Blue Whales  
Aug 28 3   200 Common Dolphins     1 Blue Whale  
Aug 27 5   450 Common Dolphins     5 Blue Whales 1 Elephant Seal
Aug 26 4   1,100 Common Dolphins     2 Blue Whales  
Aug 25 3 75 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,000 Common Dolphins        
Aug 24 3   300 Common Dolphins     2 Fin Whales  
Aug 23 2 75 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,050 Common Dolphins       1 Mola Mola
Aug 22 2   400 Common Dolphins   5 Risso’s Dolphins   1 Elephant Seal
Aug 21 4   650 Common Dolphins        
Aug 20 6 285 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)          
Aug 19 4   900 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
Aug 18 3   1,250 Common Dolphins     2 Minke Whales  
Aug 17 4   300 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Aug 16 3   150 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
Aug 15 3   1,050 Common Dolphins        
Aug 14 3 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 450 Common Dolphins        
Aug 13 6 180 Bottlenose Dolphins 300 Common Dolphins        
Aug 12 5   950 Common Dolphins        
Aug 11 3   1,800 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Aug 10 5   1,475 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Aug 9 5 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 880 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
Aug 8 4   3,100 Common Dolphins        
Aug 7 6   8,300 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
Aug 6 6   560 Common Dolphins     4 Humpback Whales  
Aug 5 4   2,000 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
Aug 4 3   1,350 Common Dolphins        
Aug 3 6   5,700 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales  
Aug 2 6 175 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,000 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
Aug 1 4   800 Common Dolphins     1 Blue Whale,
1 Humpback Whale
 
July 31 5   1, 300 Common Dolphins     5 Humpback Whales  
July 30 7   1,400 Common Dolphins     9 Humpback Whales 3 Harbor Seals,
1 Unidentified Shark,
1 Mola Mola
July 29 7   1,950 Common Dolphins     6 Humpback Whales 1 Elephant Seal,
1 Sea Turtle
July 28 5   725 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
July 27 5   1,350 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
July 26 4   300 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale 1 Mola Mola
July 25 5   2,700 Common Dolphins     5 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
July 24 6   1,200 Common Dolphins     1 Blue Whale  
July 23 7   1,145 Common Dolphins        
July 22 5   3,650 Common Dolphins     5 Humpback Whales  
July 21 6 25 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,850 Common Dolphins     5 Minke Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
1 Mola Mola
July 20 5   3,475 Common Dolphins     1 Minke Whale  
July 19 7 105 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,400 Common Dolphins     1 Blue Whale  
July 18 4   1,200 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
July 17 6   2,000 Common Dolphins     5 Humpback Whales,
2 Blue Whales
 
July 16 9   2,000 Common Dolphins     10 Blue Whales,
3 Humpback Whales
 
July 15 4   2,250 Common Dolphins     4 Blue Whales,
2 Humpback Whales
 
July 14 4   650 Common Dolphins     6 Blue Whales  
July 13 4   1,200 Common Dolphins     5 Blue Whales,
3 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
July 12 3   850 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale 1 Mola Mola
July 11 4 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,100 Common Dolphins        
July 10 6 35 Bottlenose Dolphins 460 Common Dolphins        
July 9 7   1,750 Common Dolphins     3 Bryde’s Whales,
2 Minke Whales
 
July 8 4   1,700 Common Dolphins     2 Minke Whales 1 Mola Mola
July 7 4   1,050 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
July 6 5   780 Common Dolphins        
July 5 4 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,300 Common Dolphins     1 Bryde’s Whale 2 Hammerhead Sharks
July 4 3   100 Common Dolphins     4 Blue Whales  
July 3 5   530 Common Dolphins     15 Blue Whales  
July 2 6   630 Common Dolphins     11 Blue Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
July 1 5   2,550 Common Dolphins     8 Humpback Whales (Including Cow/Calf)  
June 30 5   850 Common Dolphins     5 Blue Whales,
2 Humpback Whales
 
June 29 5 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,400 Common Dolphins     8 Blue Whales,
2 Fin Whales
 
June 28 4 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 750 Common Dolphins   40 Risso’s Dolphins 2 Blue Whales,
1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
June 27 3   500 Common Dolphins     1 Entangled Blue Whale (Seen on Each Trip)  
June 26 4   1,000 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales, 2 Minke Whales  
June 25 6 75 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches) 1,050 Common Dolphins     5 Blue Whales  
June 24 4   3,200 Common Dolphins     6 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf)  
June 23 4   3,500 Common Dolphins     4 Humpback Whales,
3 Minke Whales
2 Mola Mola
June 22 5   1,950 Common Dolphins     20 Humpback Whales  
June 21 3   2,750 Common Dolphins     26 Humpback Whales  
June 20 3   1,200 Common Dolphins     9 Humpback Whales  
June 19 5   4,500 Common Dolphins     8 Humpback Whales  
June 18 6   3,600 Common Dolphins     6 Humpback Whales,
3 Bryde’s Whales,
1 Unidentified Baleen Whale
 
June 17 3   1,350 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
June 16 3 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
    3 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
 
June 15 4 50 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches) 3,750 Common Dolphins     6 Humpback Whales,
1 Fin Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
June 14 3   360 Common Dolphins        
June 13 2   600 Common Dolphins     6 Minke Whales,
1 Blue Whale
 
June 12 4   3,500 Common Dolphins     5 Minke Whales  
June 11 8   1,385 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
June 10 3   2,200 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
June 9 1   300 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
June 8 5 150 Bottlenose Dolphins 450 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
June 7 3 175 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,250 Common Dolphins        
June 6 3   1,303 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales,
1 Fin Whale
 
June 5 3   400 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
June 4 4 36 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,400 Common Dolphins   6 Risso’s Dolphins 3 Humpback Whales,
1 Unidentified Whale
 
June 3 3   1,775 Common Dolphins     3 Minke Whales,
2 Blue Whales
 
June 2 3   2,450 Common Dolphins     5 Humpback Whales  
June 1 2   1,000 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
May 31 2   312 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
May 30 4   1,100 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
May 29 6   4,550 Common Dolphins     16 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
1 Elephant Seal
May 28 5   2,650 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
 
May 27 3   2,500 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
May 26 2   800 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
May 25 2 30 Bottlenose Dolphins 500 Common Dolphins        
May 24 3   2,500 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
May 23 2   325 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales  
May 22 4   4,600 Common Dolphins     12 Humpback Whales  
May 21 5 10 Bottlenose Dolphins 3,000 Common Dolphins     8 Humpback Whales,
5 Blue Whales
 
May 20 2   1,200 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales,
2 Gray Whales,
1 Blue Whale
 
May 19 1 100 Bottlenose Dolphins 5,000 Common Dolphins     4 Humpback Whales  
May 18 2 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 3,300 Common Dolphins     1 Humpback Whale  
May 17 1   1,000 Common Dolphins     6 Humpback Whales  
May 16 2   1,500 Common Dolphins     2 Humpback Whales,
1 Blue Whale
 
May 15 3   5,000 Common Dolphins     3 Humpback Whales,
1 Fin Whale
 
May 14 4   2,500 Common Dolphins     2 Gray Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
May 13 3 37 Bottlenose Dolphins 3,000 Common Dolphins   20 Risso’s Dolphins 2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)  
May 12 3   2,700 Common Dolphins     14 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
May 11 3 10 Bottlenose Dolphins 500 Common Dolphins     2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf),
2 Fin Whales (Cow/Calf),
1 Humpback Whale
 
May 10 6 8 Bottlenose Dolphins 750 Common Dolphins     9 Fin Whales,
5 Humpback Whales,
4 Gray Whales
 
May 9 3   820 Common Dolphins     6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
2 Fin Whales
 
May 8 6   1,750 Common Dolphins 65 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   25 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf Pairs),
6 Humpback Whales
 
May 7 3   1,200 Common Dolphins     2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf),
2 Humpback Whales,
1 Fin Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
May 6 1   1,000 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
May 5 3 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 2 Common Dolphins     30 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
May 4 3   1,900 Common Dolphins     2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf),
2 Humpback Whales
 
May 3 4 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 5,300 Common Dolphins 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   3 Gray Whales 1 Mola Mola
May 2 2   215 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins      
May 1 4   1,600 Common Dolphins     10 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
2 Humpback Whales,
1 Fin Whale
 
Apr 30 4   2,125 Common Dolphins     14 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
2 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
Apr 29 2 4 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,050 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
2 Fin Whales
 
Apr 28 2 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,050 Common Dolphins     4 Fin Whales  
Apr 27 3   1,500 Common Dolphins     2 Fin Whales,
2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
1 Mola Mola
Apr 26 3 8 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,275 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
Apr 25 5         6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
Apr 24 5         9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf Pairs),
3 Humpback Whales,
2 Fin Whales
 
Apr 23 7   2,725 Common Dolphins 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   10 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
1 Fin Whale
 
Apr 22 3   300 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf),
2 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Apr 21 5 10 Bottlenose Dolphins 700 Common Dolphins     18 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
Apr 20 2   2,000 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
Apr 19 5   3,902 Common Dolphins     6 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
3 Fin Whale,
1 Blue Whale,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Apr 18 2   2,000 Common Dolphins     5 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf),
2 Gray Whales
1 Sea Turtle
Apr 17 3   500 Common Dolphins     16 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
2 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
Apr 16 6   220 Common Dolphins     15 False Killer Whales,
8 Fin Whales,
8 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)
 
Apr 15 5   1,100 Common Dolphins     8 Fin Whales  
Apr 14 3   1,115 Common Dolphins     12 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
1 Fin Whale,
1 Bryde’s Whale
 
Apr 13 2   150 Common Dolphins 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   6 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale
 
Apr 12 2   65 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs),
2 Humpback Whales
 
Apr 11 2   600 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf Pairs)  
Apr 10 3   10,000 Common Dolphins     2 Fin Whales,
2 Humpback Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
Apr 9 3   1,250 Common Dolphins     3 Fin Whales,
2 Humpback Whales,
2 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf)
 
Apr 8 3   2,400 Common Dolphins     5 Fin Whales,
2 Gray Whales
 
Apr 7 2 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 200 Common Dolphins 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   2 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Apr 6 6   1,550 Common Dolphins     5 Fin Whales,
5 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf Pairs),
3 Humpback Whales
 
Apr 5 7 84 Bottlenose Dolphins 1,480 Common Dolphins     16 Fin Whales,
5 Humpback Whales,
2 Minke Whales
 
Apr 4 5   380 Common Dolphins     7 Humpback Whales,
5 Fin Whales,
4 Minke Whales
 
Apr 3 7   2,383 Common Dolphins     4 Humpback Whales,
3 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf),
1 Fin Whale
1 Mola Mola
Apr 2 7 2 Bottlenose Dolphins 903 Common Dolphins     6 Fin Whales,
4 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf),
2 Humpback Whales
 
Apr 1 7   1,550 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   6 Gray Whales,
3 Humpback Whales
 
Mar 31 6 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 703 Common Dolphins 18 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   14 Gray Whales,
3 Blue Whales
2 Rare Basking Sharks
Mar 30 7   2,250 Common Dolphins 32 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   8 Fin Whales,
1 Gray Whale
 
Mar 29 4   70 Common Dolphins 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   4 Gray Whales,
3 Humpback Whales
1 Mola Mola
Mar 28 3   50 Common Dolphins     9 Gray Whales,
3 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Mar 27 0           Closed for Easter
Mar 26 11   2,150 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   23 Fin Whales,
18 Gray Whales,
4 Minke Whales,
1 Unidentified Whale (Blue or Fin Whale)
 
Mar 25 9   795 Common Dolphins 13 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   35 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
1 Sea Turtle
Mar 24 9   1,190 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   29 Gray Whales,
8 Humpback Whales,
3 Fin Whales,
1 Minke Whale
 
Mar 23 7   1,050 Common Dolphins 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   27 Gray Whales,
2 Humpback Whales,
1 Fin Whale
Mar 22 3   2 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   13 Gray Whales  
Mar 21 4   148 Common Dolphins 14 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   23 Gray Whales  
Mar 20 7 50 Bottlenose Dolphins 4,257 Common Dolphins     28 Gray Whales 1 (Baby) Bat Ray
Mar 19 5 12 Bottlenose Dolphins 2,200 Common Dolpins 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   40 False Killer Whales,
27 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale,
1 Minke Whale
 
Mar 18 5   255 Common Dolphins     20 Gray Whales,
12 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Mar 17 4   662 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales,
3 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Mar 16 4   470 Common Dolphins     10 Gray Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Mar 15 3 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 400 Common Dolphins     25 Gray Whales,
2 Fin Whales
 
Mar 14 2         7 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale
 
Mar 13 7   575 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   20 Gray Whales Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 12 7   1,025 Common Dolphins 17 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   32 Gray Whales,
4 Humpback Whales
Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 11 2 5 Bottlenose Dolphins 25 Common Dolphins     6 Gray Whales  
Mar 10 3   225 Common Dolphins     12 Gray Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Mar 9 4   605 Common Dolphins     21 Gray Whales,
2 Humpback Whales
 
Mar 8 4 25 Bottlenose Dolphins       31 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale
 
Mar 7 0           Inclement Weather
Mar 6 3   1 Common Dolphin     18 Gray Whales Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 5 7 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 395 Common Dolphins     43 Gray Whales,
8 Humpback Whales
Dana Point Festival of Whales
Mar 4 4   150 Common Dolphins     59 Gray Whales,
2 Humpback Whales
 
Mar 3 2   850 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   36 Gray Whales  
Mar 2 3   500 Common Dolphins     32 Gray Whales,
3 Humpback Whales,
1 Fin whale
 
Mar 1 2   400 Common Dolphins     23 Gray Whales  
Feb 29 3   2,000 Common Dolphins     19 Gray Whales,
3 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Feb 28 6   1,715 Common Dolphins     46 Gray Whales  
Feb 27 3   740 Common Dolphins     19 Gray Whales  
Feb 26 4   900 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   20 Gray Whales  
Feb 25 3   575 Common Dolphins 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   7 Gray Whales,
3 Fin Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Feb 24 2   2,000 Common Dolphins     2 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Feb 23 4   1,356 Common Dolphins     10 Gray Whales,
4 Humpback Whales,
3 Fin Whales
 
Feb 22 2 6 Bottlenose Dolphins 12 Common Dolphins     3 Gray Whales  
Feb 21 4   270 Common Dolphins     37 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Feb 20 3   125 Common Dolphins     18 Gray Whales  
Feb 19 2   2,500 Common Dolphins     10 Gray Whales  
Feb 18 2   1,750 Common Dolphins     4 Gray Whales,
3 Humpback Whales
 
Feb 17 2   1,000 Common Dolphins     6 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Feb 16 3   1,150 Common Dolphins     8 Gray Whales,
1 Humpback Whale
 
Feb 15 7   2,150 Common Dolphins     17 Gray Whales,
6 Humpback Whales
 
Feb 14 11   1,165 Common Dolphins 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   18 Gray Whales,
1 Fin Whale
 
Feb 13 8   3,008 Common Dolphins 41 Pacific White-sided Dolphins   28 Gray Whales  
Feb 12 3   1,425 Common Dolphins     7 Gray Whales  
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  

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