Captain Dave’s Whale Watching and Dolphin Safari Sightings

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2009 Whale Watching Sightings

Date # of
Trips
Bottlenose
Dolphin
Common
Dolphin
Pacific
White-sided
Dolphin
Risso’s
Dolphin
Whales Other
December
31
20 Common
Dolphin
20
Pacific WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALE
S
1
MOLA MOLA
December
30
56 Common
Dolphin
16 Pacific
WhiteSided
December
29
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
160
Common Dolphin
1
GRAY WHALE
December
28
80 Bottlenose
Dolphin
40 Risso’s 4
MAKO SHARKS
December
27
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400 Common
Dolphin
10 Pacific
WhiteSided
December
26
75
Common Dolphin
10
Pacific WhiteSided
December
24
30 Common
Dolphin
5 Pacific
WhiteSided
December
23
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common Dolphin
December
21
10 Common
Dolphin
12 Pacific
WhiteSided
4
MAKO SHARKS
December
20
8 Pacific
WhiteSided
6 Risso’s 1
MINKE WHALE
December
19
300 Common
Dolphin
20 Risso’s
December
18
25
Pacific WhiteSided
30 Risso’s
December
17
87
Common Dolphin
December
15
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50
Common Dolphin
3
Pacific WhiteSided
December
14
500
Common Dolphin
12 Risso’s
December
12
14
Pacific WhiteSided
December
10
200
Common Dolphin
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
December
9
3 Bottlenose
Dolphin
300
Common Dolphin
1
Pacific WhiteSided
December
8
6 Pacific
WhiteSided
75 Risso’s 1
FIN WHALE
December
6
200
Common Dolphin
2
Pacific WhiteSided
1
BLUE WHALE
December
5
5 Pacific
WhiteSided
1
BLUE WHALE
December
4
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
150
Common Dolphin
15
Pacific WhiteSided
75 Risso’s
December
3
10 Pacific
WhiteSided
December
1
20 Common
Dolphin
10
Pacific WhiteSided
2
BLUE WHALES
November
30
35 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
BLUE WHALES
November
29
25 Common
Dolphin
25
Pacific WhiteSided
November
28
500 Common
Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
November
27
150
Common Dolphin
35
Pacific WhiteSided
November
25
35 Bottlenose
Dolphin
45 Pacific
WhiteSided
60 Risso’s
November
24
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
40
Pacific WhiteSided
50 Risso’s
November
23
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
10 Pacific
WhiteSided
100
Risso’s
November
22
30 Bottlenose
Dolphin
10
Pacific WhiteSided
30
Risso’s
November
21
360
Common Dolphin
100
Pacific WhiteSided
November
20
200
Common Dolphin
70
Pacific WhiteSided
4
BLUE WHALES
November
19
6 Common
Dolphin
6 Risso’s
November
18
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
6
Pacific WhiteSided
100 Risso’s
November
17
2
FIN WHALES
1
ELEPHANT SEAL
November
15
100
Common Dolphin
35
Pacific WhiteSided
November
14
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
20
Risso’s
November
13
6
Pacific WhiteSided
20 Risso’s
November 11 2
BLUE WHALES
November 10 1
BLUE WHALE
November
9
25
Common Dolphin
November
7
25Pacific
WhiteSided
15 Risso’s
November
6
400 Common
Dolphin
6 Pacific
WhiteSided
November
4
20 Common
Dolphin
12
Pacific WhiteSided
November
2
30 Bottlenose
Dolphin
November
1
270
Common
Dolphin
10
Pacific WhiteSided
1 MINKE WHALE
October
31
20
Common Dolphin
4
FIN WHALES
October
30
50 Risso’s
October
29
No sightings High
winds
October
26
80 Common
Dolphin
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
3
BLUE WHALES
October
25
10 Common
Dolphin
5 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
BLUE WHALES
October
24
50
Common Dolphin
5
BLUE WHALES
October
23
400
Common Dolphin
6 Pacific
WhiteSided
9 BLUE
WHALES
3
FIN WHALE
October
22
12
Pacific WhiteSided
5
BLUE WHALES
1 FIN WHALE
October
21
300
Common Dolphin
7
BLUE WHALES
October
20
100
Common Dolphin
12
BLUE WHALES
Ocotber
19
500 Common
Dolphin
8
BLUE WHALES
October
18
20 Common
Dolphin
3
BLUE WHALES
Ocotber
17
25 Risso’s
October
16
500
Common Dolphin
2
MINKE WHALES
October
15
8 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
BLUE WHALES
October
14
No sightings
Ocotber
13
2
BLUE WHALES
October
12
200
Common Dolphin
1 BLUE
WHALE
Mola
mola
Ocotber
11
70 Common
Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
Lots & lots of krill!
October 10 1100
Common Dolphin
October
9
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50
Common Dolphin
October
8
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphin
20 Risso’s Mola
mola
Ocotber
7
2
BLUE WHALES
Ocotber
6
120
Common Dolphin
October
5
100
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
 
October 4 No sightings
October
3
1,600
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
October
2
24 Bottlenose
Dolphin
500
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALE
October
1
500
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
September
30
500
Common Dolphin
September
29
500
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
 
September
28
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
300
Common Dolphin
50 Risso’s
September
27
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
25
Risso’s
1
BLUE WHALE
September
26
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphin
20 Risso’s 3
BLUE WHALES
Mola
mola
September
25
2200
Common Dolphin
1 BLUE
WHALE
September
24
1400
Common Dolphin
1 Pacific WhiteSided
September
23
400
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
 
September
22
1
BLUE WHALE
Mola mola
September
21
100
Common Dolphin
2 BLUE
WHALES
September
20
400
Common Dolphin
7
BLUE WHALES
September
19
600
Common Dolphin
5
BLUE WHALES
 
September
18
500
Common Dolphin
September
17
200
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
 
September
16
2
BLUE WHALES
2 FIN WHALES
September
15
30 Bottlenose
Dolphin
3 BLUE
WHALES
 1
Hammerhead Shark 
September
14
2
BLUE WHALES
 1
Hammerhead Shark 
September
13
50 Risso’s 3 BLUE
WHALES
1
FIN WHALE
 
September
12
3
BLUE WHALES
1
MINKE WHALE1 FIN WHALE
September
11
2
BLUE WHALES
September
10
No sightings
September
9
200
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
 1
Hammerhead Shark
September
8
50 Common
Dolphin
2 BLUE
WHALES
1 MINKE WHALE
September
7
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
550
Common Dolphin
25 Risso’s 4 BLUE
WHALES
September
6
400 Common
Dolphin
9 BLUE
WHALES
September
5
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
900
Common Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
 
September
4
50 Common
Dolphin
1 MINKE WHALE
September
3
3 BLUE
WHALES
September
2
125
Common
Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
September
1
25
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
August
31
200 Common
Dolphin
12 Risso’s 1 BLUE
WHALE
August
30
200
Common Dolphin
1 BLUE
WHALE
 
August
29
925 Common
Dolphin
3
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
August
28
400
Common Dolphin
12 Risso’s 2
BLUE WHALES
 
August
27
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
1 FIN WHALE
August
26
400
Common Dolphin
3
BLUE WHALES
 
August
25
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
August
24
300
Common Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
 
August
23
200
Common Dolphin
8 Risso’s 7
BLUE WHALES
August
22
250
Common Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
 
August
21
400 Common
Dolphin
4 BLUE
WHALES
August
20
50
Common Dolphin
20 Risso’s 3 BLUE
WHALES
 
August
19
200 Bottlenose
Dolphin
525
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
(Mother & Calf)
August
18
400
Common Dolphin
8
BLUE WHALES
1 FIN WHALE
 
August
17
200
Common Dolphin
7
BLUE WHALES
August
16
250
Common Dolphin
6 BLUE
WHALES
 
August
15
550
Common Dolphin
7
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
August
14
100
Common Dolphin
7
BLUE WHALES
 
August
13
300
Common Dolphin
19 BLUE
WHALES
7 mola mola
August
12
250
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
 
August
11
350
Common Dolphin
August
10
1.050
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
August
9
500
Common Dolphin
August
8
1,000
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
August
7
2,200
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
August
6*
100
Common Dolphin
5 BLUE
WHALES
 
August
5
50 Common
Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
1 FIN WHALE
August
4
200
Common Dolphin
7
BLUE WHALES
1 MINKE WHALE
 1
Hammerhead Shark
August
3
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
August
2
535
Common Dolphin
8 BLUE
WHALES
 1
Hammerhead Shark
August
1
575
Common Dolphin
10 Risso’s 16 BLUE
WHALES
1 MINKEWHALE
July
31
225
Common Dolphin
60 Risso’s 8
BLUE WHALES
4 FIN WHALES
 
July
30
50
Common Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
July
29
400 Common
Dolphin
3
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
 
July
28
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
90
Common Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
July
27
400
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
 
July
26
30 Bottlenose
Dolphin
550
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
1 MINKE
July
25
350
Common Dolphin
60 Risso’s  
July
24
100
Common Dolphin
3
BLUE WHALES
July
23
200
Common Dolphin
20 Risso’s 2
BLUE WHALES
 
July
22
50
Common Dolphin
500
Risso’s(yes, 500)
4
BLUE WHALES
July
21
50
Common Dolphin
20 Risso’s 2
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
 
July
20
250 Common
Dolphin
50 Risso’s 4
BLUE WHALES
2 MINKE WHALES
July
19
530
Common Dolphin
80 Risso’s 8
BLUE WHALES
 
July
18
15 Bottlenose Dolphin 50
Common Dolphin
15 Risso’s 5
BLUE WHALES
2 Mola Mola
July
17
200
Common Dolphin
6
BLUE WHALES
 
July
16
100
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
July
15
1100
Common Dolphin
40 Risso’s 4 BLUE
WHALES
 
July
14
1100
Common Dolphin
55
Risso’s
July
13
450
Common Dolphin
60 Risso’s  
July
12
1200 Common
Dolphin
3
BLUE WHALES
July
11
700
Common Dolphin
70 Risso’s 2
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
 
July
10
350
Common Dolphin
30 Risso’s
July
9
30 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
 
July
8
425
Common Dolphin
3
BLUE WHALES
July 7 450 Common
Dolphin
6
BLUE WHALES
(Mother & Calf)
 
July
6
900
Common Dolphin
July
5
500
Common Dolphin
 
July
4
60 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common Dolphin
July
3
400 Common
Dolphin
July
2
80
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
Mother/Calf Pair
 
July
1
40
Bottlenose Dolphin
900
Common Dolphin
2 Mola
Mola
June
30
1650
Common
Dolphin
3
FIN WHALES
 
June
29
50 Common
Dolphin
June
28
100
Common Dolphin
 
June
27
. 340
Common Dolphin
6
FIN WHALES
3 Mola
Mola
June
26
1500
Common
Dolphin
6 Risso’s 1
FIN WHALE
 
June
25
100
Bottlenose Dolphin
2
FIN WHALES
 
June
24
9
FIN WHALES
 
June
23
600
Common Dolphin
5
Risso’s
6
BLUE WHALES
June
22
200
Common Dolphin
2 BLUE
WHALES
 
June
21
25 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1
MINKE WHALE
June
20
900
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
 
June
19
. 50
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALES
June
18
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
 
June
17
700
Common Dolphin
 
June
16
20 Common
Dolphin
1
FIN WHALE
 
June
15
40 Common
Dolphin
2
BLUE
WHALES
June
14
230
Common Dolphin
1
BLUE WHALE
 
June
13
. 500
Common Dolphin
June
11
200
Common Dolphin
 
June
10
200
Common Dolphin
1
Mako Shark
June
9
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
 
June
8
12 Common
Dolphin
June
7
60 Bottlenose
Dolphin
4
BLUE WHALES
 
June
6
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
40
Common Dolphin
June
4
1000
Common Dolphin
 
June
3
. 300
Common Dolphin
June
2
1000
Common Dolphin
 
June
1
1000
Common Dolphin
May
31
60 Bottlenose
Dolphin
May
30
200
Common Dolphin
 
May
29
3 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1 BLUE
WHALE
May
28
400
Common Dolphin
50 Risso’s  
May
26
500
Common Dolphin
May
25
800
Common Dolphin
 
May
24
1000
Common Dolphin
May
23
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
600
Common Dolphin
 
May
22
No sightings….
May
21
1000
Common Dolphin
 
May
20
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400 Common
Dolphin
20
Risso’s
May 19 400
Common Dolphin
May
18
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50 Risso’s  
May
17
1000
Common Dolphin
May
16
4 Bottlenose
Dolphin
500
Common Dolphin
2
BLUE WHALE
S
 
May
15
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
40
Risso’s
1 BLUE
WHALE
This Season’s FIRST!!!
May
14
40 Risso’s  
May
13
300
Common Dolphin
40
Risso’s
1
Minke Whale
6 Fin Whales(2 cow/calf pairs)
May
12
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
2500
Common Dolphin
30 Risso’s 1
Humpback Whale
 
May
11
5 Common
Dolphin
1
Humpback Whale
May
10
1400
Common Dolphin
2
Fin Whales
 
May
9
10
Bottlenose Dolphin
300
Common Dolphin
1
Fin Whale
May
8
100 Bottlenose
Dolphin
May
7
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphin
May
6
15
Common Dolphin
1
Mola mola
 
May
5
220
Common Dolphin
May
2
1000
Common Dolphin
Humpback
Whale
 
April
30
3 Bottlenose
Dolphin
4 Gray Whales
April
29
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50
Common Dolphin
 
April
28
3,000
Common Dolphin
1
Minke Whale
April
27
3,000
Common Dolphin
 
April
26
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
April
25
800
Common Dolphin
 
April
24
400
Common Dolphin
1
Minke Whale
April
23
8 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1000
Common Dolphin
“Casper”,
the Albino Dolphin
April
22
300
Common Dolphin
April
21
8 Bottlenose
Dolphin
200
Common Dolphin
1
Minke Whale
 
April
20
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
300
Common Dolphin
1
Fin or Sei Whale
April
19
2 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1000
Common Dolphin
20 Pacific
White-sided
1
Minke Whale
 
April
18
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1
Minke Whale
April
17
400
Common Dolphin
1 Gray
Whale
1
Minke Whale
 
April
16
500
Common Dolphin
10
Pacific White-sided
2 Humpback
Whales
Mother & Calf
April
14
500
Common Dolphin
35 Rissos
Dolphin
 
April
13
1000
Common Dolphin
1
Humpback Whale
April
11
1000
Common Dolphin
20 Pacific
White-sided
2 Gray
Whale
s
 
April
10
750
Common Dolphin
20
Pacific White-sided
April
9
800
Common Dolphin
1 GrayWhale  Albino
Dolphin “Casper”
April
8
25 Common
Dolphin
1
Gray Whale
April
7
100
Common’s
3
Gray Whale
s
 
April
6
2,000
Common Dolphin
20
Pacific White-sided
3 Gray
Whale
s
 
April
5
6 Bottlenose 55 Common
Dolphin
1 Gray
Whale
 2
Minke Whales
April
4
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
20
Common Dolphin
2 Gray
Whale
s
April
3
1000 Common
Dolphin
2 GrayWhales  Albino
Dolphin “Casper”
April
1
10
Pacific White-sided
March
31
200
Common Dolphin
2 GrayWhales  
March
30
200
Common Dolphin
1
Dahl’s porpoise
March
29
400 Common
Dolphin
4 GrayWhales  
March
28
970
Common Dolphin
4
Gray Whales
March
27
1,400
Common’s
2 Gray Whales  
March
26
2,000
Common Dolphin
 
March
25
6 Bottlenose 1200 Common
Dolphin
1 GrayWhale  1
Minke Whale
March
24
3 Bottlenose
Dolphin
20
Pacific White-sided
2 Gray
Whale
s
March
23
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
15
Common Dolphin
1GrayWhale  
March
21
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
650
Common Dolphin
20
Pacific White-sided
1
Minke Whale
March
20
500
Common’s
1 Humpback Whale(on
2 trips)
1
Gray Whale
 
March
19
1,000
Common Dolphin
2 Gray
Whale
s
 1
Mola mola
March
18
5
Common Dolphin
2Gray
Whales
 
March
17
400
Common Dolphin
8 GrayWhales
March
16
800
Common Dolphin
50 Pacific
White-sided
2 GrayWhales   1
Mola mola
March
15
500
Common Dolphin
11GrayWhales(Yes,11)
March
14
1 Bottlenose
Dolphin
220
Common’s
14 GrayWhales(Yes,14)  
March
13
1,500
Common Dolphin
2 GrayWhales  1
Mola mola
March
12
2,000
Common Dolphin
3 Gray
Whales
 
March
11
800
Common Dolphin
4 GrayWhales
March
10
2 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common’s
25 Pacific
White-sided
6 Gray
Whales
 
March
9
3 Bottlenose
Dolphin
700
Common Dolphin
1 GrayWhale
March
8
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1,500
Common Dolphin
60 Pacific
White-sided
3 GrayWhales  1
Mola mola
March
7
700
Common Dolphin
8 GrayWhales
March
6
3 GrayWhales  
March
5
1000 Common
Dolphin
2 GrayWhales1Minke Whale 
March
4
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
4 Gray
Whales
 
March
3
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
4 Gray
Whales
March
2
500
Common’s
2 Gray
Whales
 
March
1
5 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphin
2 Gray
Whales
February
28
700
Common Dolphin
20Pacific
White-sided
1 Gray
Whale
 
February
27
1000
Common Dolphin
6 Pacific
White-sided
February
26
15 Bottlenose
Dolphin
20 Common
Dolphin
1 Gray
Whale
 
February
25
1 Gray
Whales
February
24
3 GrayWhales  
February
23
16 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50 Common
Dolphin
1 GrayWhale
February
22
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
10
Common Dolphin
 
February
21
700
Common Dolphin
2 Gray
Whales
February
20
500
Common Dolphin
1 Gray
Whale
 
February
19
250
Common Dolphin
10
Pacific White-sided
February
18
200
Common Dolphin
 
February
17
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common’s
2 Gray
Whales
February
15
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
200
Common’s
2 Gray
Whales
 
February
14
150
Common’s
40
Pacific White-sided
1 Gray
Whale
February
12
20
Common’s
 
February
11
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
2 GrayWhales
February
10
15
Common Dolphin
4 Gray
Whales
2
FinWhales
 
February
8
2 Gray
Whales
February
5
  1 Gray
Whale
 
February
4
30 Common
Dolphin
5 FinWhales
February
3
100
Common Dolphin
2 Gray
Whales
 
February
2
1200
Common Dolphin
1 GrayWhale
February
1
50
Common Dolphin
 
January
31
2000
Common Dolphin
35 Pacific
White-sided
2
Humpback Whales
3 Gray
Whales
2 Minke Whales
Minke mugged the boat, Gray played with PW’d
January
30
2000
Common Dolphin
 
January
29
1000
Common Dolphin
1 Mola
mola
January
28
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
25 Common
Dolphin
25 Pacific
White-sided
3 Gray
Whales
 
January
26
4 Bottlenose
Dolphin
2 Rissos
Dolphin
6 Gray
Whale
s
January
25
5 Bottlenose
Dolphin
10 Pacific
White-sided
1Gray
Whale
 
January
24
130
Common Dolphin
2 Gray
Whale
s
2 Fin Whales
January
22
1000
Common Dolphin
1Fin
Whale
 
January
21
3 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1040
Common Dolphin
10
Pacific White-sided
7 Gray
Whale
s
First calf of the season
January
20
25
Common Dolphin
25
Pacific White-sided
3 Gray
Whales
 
January
19
15 Bottlenose
Dolphin
500
Common Dolphin
6 Gray
Whale
s
January
18
800
Common Dolphin
2 GrayWhales  
January
17
1040
Common Dolphin
10
Pacific White-sided
6 Gray
Whale
s
January
16
1000
Common Dolphin
1 Gray
Whale
 
January
15
1000
Common Dolphin
6
Pacific White-sided
30 Risso’s 3 Fin
Whale
s
January
14
500
Common Dolphin
2 Gray
Whale
s
 
January
13
1000
Common Dolphin
5
Pacific White-sided
1 Gray
Whale
January
12
1000
Common
Dolphin
3 Gray
Whale
s
 Albino
Dolphin
January
11
10
Common Dolphin
25Pacific
White-sided
3 Gray
Whale
s
January
10
800
Common Dolphin
 
January
9
1 Gray
Whale
January
8
100
Common Dolphin
 
January 7 36 Bottlenose 80 Risso’s
January 6 36 Bottlenose 36 Pacific White-sided 3 Gray Whales
January 5 1,000 Common 1 Gray Whale
January 4 200 Common
January 3
January 2, 2009 300 Common 44 Pacific White-sided
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All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of this information is a violation of federal copyright law and is subject to prosecution to the full extent of the law.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.