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

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
FREQUENTLY SEEN WHALES, DOLPHINS, & WILDLIFE:
Common DolphinXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Bottlenose DolphinXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Pacific White-sided DolphinXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Risso’sXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Gray WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXX
Gray Whales & CalvesXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Blue WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Minke WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Fin WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX
Mola Mola/SunfishXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
California Sea LionsXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Elephant SealsXXXXXXXXXXXX
SharksXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
INFREQUENTLY SEEN WHALES & DOLPHINS:
Killer Whales (Orca)XXXXXX
Humpback WhalesXXXXXXXXXXXXX
False Killer WhalesXXX
Pilot WhalesX
Bryde’s WhalesXX
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
July 18425 Bottlenose Dolphins500 Common Dolphins100 Risso’s Dolphins16 Blue Whales
July 17750 Bottlenose Dolphins1,525 Common Dolphins17 Blue Whales, 10 Fin Whales1 Elephant Seal
July 16450 Bottlenose Dolphins950 Common Dolphins2 Blue Whales, 2 Minke Whales6 Mola Mola
July 156130 Bottlenose Dolphins1,150 Common Dolphins1 Blue Whale
July 14453 Bottlenose Dolphins1,550 Common Dolphins13 Blue Whales1 Mola Mola, 1 Yellowfin Tuna
July 133100 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including “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 Dolphins425 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.