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Whale Watching Sightings Log 2010

Captain Dave’s Whale Watching and Dolphin Safari Sightings

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2010 Whale Watching Sightings

Date # of
Trips
Bottlenose
Dolphin
Common
Dolphin
Pacific
White-sided
Dolphin
Risso’s
Dolphin
Whales Other
December 31 2,350 Common 6 Risso’s
December 30 20 Common
December 29 Inclement Weather
December 28 254 Bottlenose 1,030 Common 1 Gray WHale
December 27 2 Bottlenose 3,030 Common
December 26 56 Bottlenose 4 Risso’s
December 25 Merry Christmas
December 24 50 Bottlenose
December 23 200 Common 1 Gray Whale
December 22 Inclement Weather
December 21 30 Bottlenose
December 20 Inclement Weather
December 19 Inclement Weather
December 18 Inclement Weather
December 17 Inclement Weather
December 16 No Sightings
December 15 No Trip
December 14 No Trip
December 13 200 Bottlenose 100 Risso’s 1 Blue Shark
December 12 27 Bottlenose 4 Blue Sharks
December 11 225 Common
December 10 2,000 Common
December 9 200 Common
December 8 No Trip
December 7 1,000 Common 30 Risso’s
December 6 100 Bottlenose 2,000 Common
December 5 500 Common
December 4 20 Bottlenose 1,000 Common 15 Risso’s
December 3 6 Bottlenose 10 Risso’s
December 2 102 Bottlenose
(2 in harbor!)
30 Risso’s
December 1 200 Bottlenose
November 30 104 Bottlenose 20 Risso’s
November 29 No Trip
November 28 No Trip
November 27 120 Bottlenose
November 26 80 Bottlenose 1,100 Common
November 25 Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24 1,000 Common
November 23 No Sightings
November 22 8 Bottlenose
November 21 Inclement Weather
November 20 Inclement Weather
November 19 1,000 Common Casper, the Albino Dolphin
November 18 1,100 Common 2 Fin Whales
November 17 500 Common
November 16 1,000 Common
November 15 1,200 Common
November 14 25 Bottlenose 1,000 Common
November 13 2,000 Common
November 12 2,000 Common
November 11 20 Bottlenose 2,000 Common
November 10 1,000 Common
November 9 300 Common 40 Risso’s
Novmeber 8 No Sightings
November 7 25 Bottlenose 200 Common 6 Risso’s
November 6 120 Bottlenose 52 Common
November 5 12 Bottlenose 950 Common
November 4 2,000 Common
November 3 15 Bottlenose 512 Common
November 2 50 Bottlenose 500 Common 2 Fin Whales
November 1 720 Common
October 31 500 Common
October 30 400 Common
October 29 140 Common
October 28 30 Bottlenose 1,000 Common
October 27 50 Bottlenose 200 Common
October 26 100 Common
October 25 2 Bottlenose 200 Common
October 24 800 Common
October 23 120 Bottlenose 400 Common
October 22 6 Bottlenose 400 Common 42 Risso’s
October 21 30 Bottlenose 200 Common 30 Risso’s
October 18 20 Bottlenose 50 Common 30 Risso’s 1 Minke Whale 1 Mola Mola
October 17 700 Common 2 Fin Whales
1 Blue Whale
October 16 1,200 Common 1 Blue Whale 2 Mola Mola
October 15 700 Common
October 14 400 Common 1 Mola Mola
October 13 2,000 Common 25 baby Mola Mola
October 12 300 Common
October 11 100 Common
October 10 600 Common 1 Fin Whale
October 9 1,300 Common 2 Blue Whales
October 8 650 Common 2 Risso’s
October 7 150 Common
October 6 600 Common 1 Minke Whale
October 5 50 Common
October 3 500 Common 1 Blue Whale
October 2 40 Bottlenose 1,200 Common 20 Risso’s 3 Mola Mola
October 1 2 Bottlenose 400 Common
Sept. 30 300 Common Casper, the Albino Dolphin
Sept. 29 850 Common 1 Fin Whale
Sept. 28 200 Common
Sept. 27 100 Common 4 Blue Whales
Sept. 26 555 Common
Sept. 25 1,600 Common 1 Mola Mola
Sept. 24 210 Common
Sept. 23 50 Common 1 Risso’s
Sept. 22 700 Common 4 Risso’s 1 Mola Mola
Sept. 21 500 Common 8 Mola Mola
Sept. 20 25 Common 2 Blue Whales 15 small Mola Mola
Sept. 19 600 Common
Sept. 18 100 Common 5 Blue Whales 100 small Mola Mola in groups
Sept. 17 200 Common
Sept. 16 200 Common 1 Humpback Whale
Sept. 15 1,400 Common 1 Mola Mola
Sept. 14 300 Common 3 Blue Whales
Sept. 13 200 Common 5 Blue Whales
Sept. 12 400 Common 1 Fin Whale
Sept. 11 30 Common 8 Mola Mola
Sept. 10 100 Common
Sept. 9 400 Common 2 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
Sept. 8 50 Common 1 Mola Mola
Sept. 7 100 Common
Sept. 6 450 Common
Sept. 5 600 Common 8 Mola Mola
Sept. 4 20 Bottlenose 500 Common
Sept. 3 85 Common
Sept. 2 50 Bottlenose 50 Common 1 Blue Whale 3 Mola Mola
Sept. 1 50 Bottlenose 100 Common 2 Blue Whales outside harbor jetty! 2 Mola Mola
August 31 600 Common 1 Blue Whale
August 30 1,200 Common
August 29 200 Common 1 Blue Whale
August 28 25 Bottlenose 1,000 Common 20 Risso’s 2 Blue Whales Casper, the Albino Dolphin
August
27
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
25Common
Dolphins
50 Risso’s 4 Mola
mola
August
26
550
Common Dolphins
1
Blue Whale
Casper,the
Albino Dolphin
Large amounts of Krill
August
25
25 Common
Dolphins
3
Blue Whales
2
Fin Whales
August
24
100
Common Dolphins
9 Blue Whales
August
23
25 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50
Common Dolphins
11 Blue Whales
8
FIN WHALES
August
22
500
Common Dolphins
17 BLUE
WHALES
3 FIN WHALES
1 MINKE
WHALE
1 Mola
mola
August
21
1325Common
Dolphins
17 BLUE
WHALES
9
FIN WHALES
1 Mola
mola
August
20
200 Common
Dolphins
5 BLUE
WHALES
3 FIN WHALES
August
19
50
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
2
FIN WHALES
August
18
50
Common Dolphins
13
BLUE WHALES
August
17
150
Common Dolphins
18 BLUE
WHALES
4
FIN WHALES
1 Mola mola
August
16
30
Common Dolphins
4 BLUE
WHALES
2 BLUE WHALES2 MINKE WHALES
2 Mola
Mola
August
15
600
Common Dolphins
1
MINKE WHALE
2
FIN WHALE
August
14
1,550
Common Dolphins
3
BLUE WHALES
1 Thresher Shark
1 Mola mola
August
13
275Common
Dolphins
August
12
75 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1000Common
Dolphins
August
11
300
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
August
10
12
Bottlenose Dolphin
4000
Common Dolphins
3
BLUE WHALES
5 Mola
Mola
August 9 25 Bottlenose
Dolphin
200
Common Dolphins
1 BLUE
WHALE
August 8 200
Common Dolphins
4
BLUE WHALES
2 FIN WHALES
August 7 5 Bottlenose
Dolphin
430
Common Dolphins
4 BLUE
WHALES
11 Mola
Mola
August 6 150
Common Dolphins
2
BLUE WHALES
2 Mola
Mola
August
5
1,100
Common Dolphins
21
BLUE WHALES
2 Mola
Mola
August
4
1,300
Common Dolphins
2 BLUE
WHALES
1
FIN WHALE
August
3
1,600
Common Dolphins
3 BLUE
WHALES
August
2
1,400
Common Dolphins
2
BLUE WHALES
1 MINKE WHALE
2 Mola
Mola
August
1
90
Common Dolphins
3
BLUE WHALES
July
31
4 Bottlenose
Dolphin
750
Common Dolphins
10
BLUE WHALES
2 FIN WHALES
July
30
230
Common Dolphins
7
BLUE WHALES
1
MINKE
July
29
800
Common Dolphins
4
BLUE WHALES
1
FIN WHALE
July
28
200
Common Dolphins
4
BLUE WHALES
2 FIN WHALES
July
27
400 Common
Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
July
26
150
Common Dolphins
2
BLUE WHALES
2 Mola
Mola
July
25
440
Common Dolphins
3
BLUE WHALES
3 Mola
Mola
July
24
230
Common Dolphins
4
BLUE WHALES
1 Mola
Mola
July
23
800
Common Dolphins
1 Mola
Mola
July
22
800
Common Dolphins
1 Mola
Mola
July
21
125
Common Dolphins
July
20
8 Bottlenose
Dolphin
600
Common Dolphins
July
19
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
125
Common Dolphins
July
18
600
Common Dolphins
July
17
800
Common Dolphins
10 Risso’s 2 Mola
Mola
July
16
850
Common Dolphins
25 Risso’s 1
MINKE WHALE
July
15
1050
Common Dolphins
July
14
100
Bottlenose Dolphin
500
Common Dolphins
July
13
1,200
Common Dolphins
July
12
200
Common Dolphins
July
11
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphins
July
10
475
Common Dolphins
1 Elephant Seal
July
9
170 Common
Dolphins
July
8
300
Common Dolphins
1
MINKE
WHALE
July
7
5 Bottlenose
Dolphin
450
Common Dolphins
20 Risso’s
July
6
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common Dolphins
1 MINKE WHALE
July
5
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
4 Mola
Mola
July
4
300
Common Dolphins
2
BLUE WHALES
1 Mola
Mola
July
3
450
Common Dolphins
July
2
70
Bottlenose Dolphin
100
Common Dolphins
July
1
1
BLUE WHALE
6 to
8 Killer whales
June
30
20
Common Dolphins
June
29
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
300
Common Dolphins
June
28
200
Common Dolphins
1 BLUE WHALE
1 FIN WHALE
1 Flying
Fish
June
27
30 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50 Common
Dolphins
4
BLUE WHALES
1 Mola
Mola
June
26
1500
Common Dolphins
25 Risso’s 2
BLUE WHALE
1
FIN WHALE
3
MINKE WHALE
1 Mola
Mola
June
25
450
Common Dolphins
June
24
200 Common
Dolphins
1 Mola
Mola
June
23
1
FIN WHALE
4 Mola
Mola
June
22
400
Common Dolphins
112 Risso’s 1
BLUE WHALE
June
21
6 to
8 Killer whales
June
20
1600
Common Dolphins
25 Risso’s 1
BLUE WHALE
3 Mola
Mola
June
19
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
700
Common Dolphins
20 Risso’s
June
18
900
Common Dolphins
June
17
1 Bottlenose
Dolphin
850
Common Dolphins
2
MINKE WHALES
June
16
24 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common Dolphins
2
Pacific Whitesided
1
MINKE WHALE
1 Mola
Mola
June
15
200
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
June
14
400 Common
Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
June
13
500
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
June
12
1000
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
1 Mola
Mola
June 11 12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
600
Common Dolphins
6 Pacific Whitesided 1
BLUE WHALE
Casper,
the Albino Dolphin
June
10
250
Common Dolphins
2
BLUE WHALES
June
9
205
Common Dolphins
2
BLUE WHALES
June
8
900
Common Dolphins
4
BLUE WHALES
Casper, the Albino Dolphin
June
7
50
Common Dolphins
1 Mola
Mola
June
6
100
Common Dolphins
2 Mola
Mola
June
5
900
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
June
4
36 Bottlenose
Dolphin
81
Common Dolphins
June
3
8 Bottlenose
Dolphin
500
Common Dolphins
1
MINKE WHALE
June
2
1000
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
1 Mola Mola
June
1
8
Killer Whales
May
31
750
Common Dolphins
3
BLUE WHALES
May
30
800
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
May
29
300
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
1 HUMPBACK
1 FIN WHALE
May
28
300
Common Dolphins
1
MINKE WHALE
May
27
200
Common Dolphins
May
26
1
HUMPBACK WHALE
May
25
1 HUMPBACK WHALE
May
24
600
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
May
22
700
Common Dolphins
May
21
5000
Common Dolphins
May
20
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
800
Common Dolphins
3 MOLA
MOLA
May
19
300
Common Dolphins
2
FIN WHALES
2 MOLA
MOLA
May
18
1700
Common Dolphins
1 Albino
Dolphin, “Casper”
May
17
50
Common Dolphins
1 MOLA
MOLA
May
16
300
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE1 HUMPBACK
1 FIN WHALE
1 MINKE WHALE
All apparently feeding!
May
15
800
Common Dolphins
1
GRAY WHALE IN HARBOR
May 14 300 Common 1 Gray Whale in the harbor “Lily”
1 Blue Whale
Lily passed away
May 13 600 Common 1 Gray Whale in the harbor “Lily”
May 12 10 Bottlenose 200 Common 1 Gray Whale in the harbor “Lily” We disentangled Lily from the nets
May 11 1 Gray Whale in the harbor “Lily”
May 10 300 Common> 1 Gray Whale in the harbor “Lily”
May
9
800
Common Dolphins
May
8
20
Bottlenose Dolphin
300
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
May
7
4 Bottlenose
Dolphin
5 Pacific
WhiteSided
1
BLUE WHALE
4
FIN WHALES
May
6
500
Common Dolphins
May
5
320
Common Dolphins
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
May
4
42
Common Dolphins
May
3
100
Bottlenose Dolphin
200
Common
Dolphins
4 Pacific
WhiteSided
3
FIN WHALES
May
2
700
Common Dolphins
May
1
300
Common Dolphins
10 Pacific
WhiteSided
8
FIN WHALES
April
30
100 Bottlenose
Dolphin
250
Common Dolphins
April
28
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
400
Common Dolphins
April
27
350
Common Dolphins
April
26
420
Common Dolphins
18 Pacific
WhiteSided
3
GRAY WHALES
April
25
450
Common Dolphins
April
24
100 Bottlenose
Dolphin
5 Pacific
WhiteSided
April
23
1000
Common Dolphins
April
22
200
Common Dolphins
1 Thresher Shark
April
20
150
Common Dolphins
April
19
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
April
18
2000 Common
Dolphins
5 2
MINKE WHALES
April
17
300 Bottlenose
Dolphin!
3
MINKE WHALES
April
16
300
Common Dolphins
2
HUMPBACK WHALES
April
15
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
200
Common Dolphins
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALES
April
14
2000
Common Dolphins
1
BLUE WHALE
2 FIN WHALES1 MINKE WHALE
FIRST
OF THE SEASON!!!
April
13
12 Bottlenose
Dolphin
2
GRAY WHALES
April
11
30 Risso’s 1
FIN WHALE
April
10
1800
Common
6 Pacific
WhiteSided
April
9
380
Common Dolphins
6
Pacific WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALES
April
8
1300
Common
70 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
MINKE WHALES
April
7
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
14 Common
Dolphins
50
Pacific WhiteSided
2
MINKE WHALES
April
6
46 Bottlenose
Dolphin
600
Common
2
MINKE WHALES
April
5
500 Common
Dolphins
April
3
250
Common Dolphins
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
4
GRAY WHALES
April
2
2000
Common Dolphins
3 GRAY WHALES
April
1
100
Common Dolphins
5 GRAY
WHALES
March
31
100
Common Dolphins
12 Pacific
WhiteSided
4
FIN WHALES
1 HUMPBACK
2 GRAY WHALES
March
30
120
Common
3 FIN WHALES
1 GRAY WHALE
March
29
53 Bottlenose
Dolphin
305
Common Dolphins
1 FIN
WHALE
1 GRAY WHALES
March
28
50
Bottlenose Dolphin
550
Common Dolphins
14
FIN WHALES
1
MINKE WHALE
March
27
145 Common
Dolphins
4
FIN WHALES
1 HUMPBACK
2 GRAY WHALES
March
26
100 Bottlenose
Dolphin
925
Common Dolphins
4
GRAY WHALES
March
25
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
700 Common
Dolphins
3
GRAY WHALES
March
24
300
Common Dolphins
6 Pacific
WhiteSided
3
GRAY WHALES
March
23
60 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common Dolphins
1 GRAY
WHALE
March
22
205
Common Dolphins
3
MINKE WHALES
2 GRAY
WHALES
1 FIN WHALE
March
21
4 Bottlenose
Dolphin
62 Common
Dolphins
10 Pacific
WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
March 20 70 Bottlenose
Dolphin
550
Common Dolphins
12 GRAY
WHALES
March
19
500
Common Dolphins
7 GRAY
WHALES
March
18
4 Pacific
WhiteSided
20 Risso’s 5
GRAY WHALES
March
17
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
20
Common Dolphins
15
Pacific WhiteSided
8
GRAY WHALES
1 Elephant Seal
March
16
40 Bottlenose
Dolphin
200
Common Dolphins
3
GRAY WHALES
March
15
50 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common Dolphins
2
GRAY WHALES
March
14
1000
Common Dolphins
1
FIN WHALE
8GRAY WHALES
March
13
4 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1400
Common Dolphins
5
Pacific WhiteSided
1
FIN WHALE
7
GRAY WHALES
March
12
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
350
Common Dolphins
60 Pacific
WhiteSided
4
FIN WHALES
March
11
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
30
Pacific WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALES
March
10
6 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALES
March
7
1 FIN WHALE
March
6
20
Common Dolphin
25 Pacific
WhiteSided
4
FIN WHALES
6
GRAY WHALES
March
5
60
Common Dolphin
20
Pacific WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALES
3 FIN
WHALE
March
4
100
Common Dolphin
2
FIN WHALES
2
GRAY WHALES
March
3
3
GRAY WHALES
March
2
2 Bottlenose
Dolphin
200
Common Dolphin
12 Pacific
WhiteSided
3
GRAY WHALES
March
1
54 Bottlenose
Dolphin
3
GRAY WHALES
February
28
13 Bottlenose
Dolphin
200
Common Dolphin
1 GRAY
WHALE
2 FIN WHALES
February
26
20 Bottlenose
Dolphin
300
Common Dolphin
18
Pacific WhiteSided
1 GRAY WHALE
February
25
50 Common
Dolphin
12 Pacific
WhiteSided
February
24
1200
Common Dolphin
12
Pacific WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
1 FIN WHALE
February
23
320
Common Dolphin
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
1 FIN WHALE
February
22
6
Pacific WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
February
21
20 Common
Dolphin
3
GRAY WHALES
3 FIN WHALES
February
20
10 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100
Common Dolphin
25 Pacific
WhiteSided
3 GRAY WHALES
February
19
100 Common
Dolphin
12 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
FIN WHALES
February
18
2 Bottlenose
Dolphin
1000
Common Dolphin
30
Pacific WhiteSided
1
FIN WHALES
February
17
30 Bottlenose
Dolphin
100 Common
Dolphin
36 Pacific
WhiteSided
50 Risso’s 1
FIN WHALES
February
16
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
50
Common Dolphin
8
Pacific WhiteSided
50 Risso’s 1
GRAY WHALE
February
15
6 Bottlenose
Dolphin
500
Common Dolphin
2 MINKE
WHALE
4 GRAY WHALES
1 Thresher Shark
1 Mola Mola
February
14
525
Common Dolphin
5
FIN WHALES
1 GRAY WHALE
February
13
200
Common Dolphin
50 Pacific
WhiteSided
1
FIN WHALE
2 GRAY WHALES
1 Mola Mola
February
12
20 Common
Dolphin
10
Pacific WhiteSided
2 GRAY
WHALES
February
11
20 Risso’s 2
GRAY WHALES
February
8
30
Pacific WhiteSided
4
FIN WHALES
3 GRAY WHALES
February
7
6 Common
Dolphin
1
GRAY WHALE
February
5
10
Pacific WhiteSided
February
4
20 Common
Dolphin
5 Pacific
WhiteSided
80 Risso’s
February
3
20 Common
Dolphin
5
Pacific WhiteSided
3
FIN WHALES
February
2
2 Bottlenose
Dolphin
30 Common
Dolphin
30 Pacific
WhiteSided
3
FIN WHALES
February
1
30 Common
Dolphin
30 Risso’s 1
GRAY WHALE
January
31
50 Common
Dolphin
10
Risso’s
January
30
50
Pacific WhiteSided
100
Risso’s
3
GRAY WHALES
January
28
830 Common
Dolphin
40 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALES
January
25
40
Pacific WhiteSided
20 Risso’s
January
24
3
GRAY WHALES
January
23
30
Pacific WhiteSided
5
GRAY WHALES
January
17
2 Bottlenose Dolphin 30 Pacific
WhiteSided
2
GRAY WHALES
January
16
20
Pacific WhiteSided
50 Risso’s 1
GRAY WHALE
January
15
160 Bottlenose
Dolphin
25
Common Dolphin
January
12
200
Common Dolphin
12
Pacific WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
January
11
20 Common
Dolphin
30 Pacific
WhiteSided
January 10 2 Bottlenose
Dolphin
20
Pacific WhiteSided
January
9
75 Pacific
WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
January
8
30
Common Dolphin
10
Pacific WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
January
7
50
Common Dolphin
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
1
GRAY WHALE
January
6
100
Common Dolphin
20
Pacific WhiteSided
January
5
82 Bottlenose
Dolphin
12 Pacific
WhiteSided
30 Risso’s
January 4 200
Common Dolphin
January
3
50 Pacific
WhiteSided
January
2
20 Common
Dolphin
10
Pacific WhiteSided
75 Risso’s
January
1, 2010
4 Bottlenose
Dolphin
20
Common Dolphin
20 Pacific
WhiteSided
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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.