Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Sightings

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Current Whale Watching Sightings
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2011 Whale Watching Sightings

Date # of
Trips
Bottlenose
Dolphin
Common
Dolphin
Pacific
White-sided
Dolphin
Risso’s
Dolphin
Whales Other
Dec. 31 4 1,000 Common 65 Risso’s 7 Gray Whales 1 Blue Shark
Dec. 30 5 74 Bottlenose 3,200 Common 2 Gray Whales
Dec. 29 5 28 Bottlenose 2,525 Common 5 Gray Whales
Dec. 28 4 7,000 Common 2 Fin Whales, 2 Gray Whales
Dec. 27 4 92 Bottlenose 300 Common 12 Pacific White-Sided 57 Risso’s 7 Gray Whales
Dec. 26 2 13 Bottlenose 706 Common 20 Risso’s 1 Gray Whale
Dec. 25 Merry Christmas!
Dec. 24 2 10 Bottlenose 300 Common 1 Gray Whale
Dec. 23 3 62 Bottlenose 762 Common 50 Pacific White-Sided 27 Risso’s 11 Gray Whales
Dec. 22 1 10 Bottlenose 300 Common 2 Gray Whales
Dec. 21 2 200 Common 1 Fin Whale
Dec. 20 1 1 Gray Whale
Dec. 18 1 1,000 Common 1 Gray Whale
Dec. 17 1 600 Common
Dec. 16 1 300 Common 1 Gray Whale
Dec. 15 1 500 Common
Dec. 14 1 500 Common
Dec. 13 1 750 Common 2 Gray Whales
Dec. 11 1 200 Common
Dec. 10 1 1 Bottlenose 500 Common
Dec. 9 1 360 Common
Dec. 8 1 50 Bottlenose 300 Common
Dec. 7 1 25 Bottlenose 200 Common
Dec. 6 1 3 Bottlenose 750 Common 100 Risso’s
Dec. 5 0
Dec. 4 1 12 Bottlenose 500 Common
Dec. 3 1 1,000 Common
Dec. 2 1 300 Common 40 Risso’s
Dec. 1 1 500 Common 12 Risso’s
Nov. 30 1 10 Bottlenose 20 Risso’s
Nov. 29 1 500 Common 15 Risso’s
Nov. 28 1 15 Risso’s 1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale 2 Mola Mola
Nov. 27 3 35 Bottlenose 700 Common 35 Risso’s 2 Fin Whales
Nov. 26 3 700 Common 1 Gray Whale Our 1st Gray of the season!
Nov. 25 3 1,800 Common 3 Fin Whales
Nov. 24 Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 23 50 Bottlenose 1,500 Common 3 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale
Nov. 22 2 25 Bottlenose 1,008 Common 10 Risso’s
Nov. 21 1 75 Bottlenose
Nov. 20 1 12 Risso’s
Nov. 19 2 80 Bottlenose 4 Fin Whales
Nov. 18 2 50 Bottlenose 500 Common 12 Risso’s
Nov. 17 1 40 Risso’s 2 Sei Whales
Nov. 16 2 100 Bottlenose
Nov. 15 2 18 Bottlenose 30 Risso’s
Nov. 14 1 1,000 Common
Nov. 13 2 21 Bottlenose 1,100 Common
Nov. 12 2 3 Bottlenose 700 Common 10 Risso’s
Nov. 11 2 200 Bottlenose 7 Risso’s 2 Blue Whales 8 Mola Mola
Nov. 10 2 50 Bottlenose 500 Common 10 Risso’s 3 Sei Whales
Nov. 9 2 2,000 Common 1 Fin Whale
Nov. 8 1 1,000 Common 1 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale
Nov. 7 2 200 Bottlenose 1,100 Common 15 Risso’s
Nov. 6 2 1,000 Common 3 Fin Whales
Nov. 5 2 2,000 Common 36 Risso’s 2 Fin Whales
Nov. 4 Inclement Weather
Nov. 3 2 10 Bottlenose 2,000 Common 9 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
Nov. 2 1 50 Bottlenose 13 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale
Nov. 1 3 900 Common 16 Fin Whales, 4 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale
October 31 2 12 Bottlenose 2 Fin Whales
October 30 3 20 Bottlenose 300 Common 7 Fin Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whales
October 29 3 1,400 Common 20 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 2 Humpback Whales
October 28 3 100 Bottlenose 500 Common 20 Risso’s 4 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale Saw “Patches” the piebald bottlenose
October 27 640 Common 18 Fin Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 2 Minke Whales
October 26 2 29 Fin Whales, 6 Blue Whales
October 25 2 100 Common 5 Blue Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Fin Whale
October 24 1 6 Bottlenose 15 Fin Whales, 12 Blue Whales, 8 Humpback Whales
October 23 2 2 Bottlenose 90 Common 40 Blue Whales, 18 Fin Whales
October 22 5 66 Bottlenose 50 Common 3 Blue Whales
October 21 2 70 Bottlenose 20 Common 10 Blue Whales
October 20 2 3,000 Common 1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale
October 19 2 160 Bottlenose 500 Common 20 Pacific White-Sided 45 Risso’s
October 18 2 100 Bottlenose 50 Copmmon 1 Fin Whale 60 Mola Mola
October 17 2 80 Bottlenose 5 Moal Mola
October 16 2 8 Bottlenose 700 Common 1 Humpback Whale
October 15 3 180 Bottlenose 1,700 Common 20 Risso’s
October 14 2 100 Bottlenose 20 Risso’s
October 13 1 15 Bottlenose 250 Common 10 Risso’s 8 Blue Whales
October 12 2 106 Bottlenose 100 Common 8 Risso’s 2 Blue Whales
October 11 2 50 Bottlenose 3 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale
October 10 2 4 Common 8 Blue Whales
October 9 3 2 Bottlenose 37 Common 12 Risso’s 30 Blue Whales, 8 Fin Whales
October 8 3 12 Bottlenose 60 Common 60 Blue Whales, 30 Fin Whales More whales than we could count!
October 7 2 50 Blue Whales, 16 Fin Whales More whales than we could count!
October 6 1 6 Bottlenose 13 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales
October 5 INCLEMENT WEATHER
October 4 1 100 Common 7 Blue Whales
October 3 2 400 Common
October 2 2 700 Common 1 Minke Whale 4 Mola Mola
October 1 2 200 Common 1 Blue Whale
Sept. 30 2 200 Common
Sept. 29 1 600 Common 1 Blue Whale
Sept. 28 2 50 Bottlenose 150 Common 2 Blue Whales
Sept. 27 3 50 Bottlenose 540 Common 10 Risso’s 1 Blue Whale, 1 Minke Whale 1 Mola Mola
Sept. 26 1 200 Common 1 Blue Whale
Sept. 25 3 600 Common 3 Blue Whales
Sept. 24 3 44 Bottlenose 525 Common 3 Blue Whales
Sept. 23 2 700 Common 2 Blue Whales 1 Humboldt Squid
Sept. 22 3 45 Bottlenose 700 Common
Sept. 21 2 900 Common 6 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale
Sept. 20 3 900 Common 19 Blue Whales
Sept. 19 1 25 Common 14 Blue Whales
Sept. 18 2 20 Bottlenose 200 Common 7 Orca Whales, 13 Blue Whales,2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale
Sept. 17 3 20 Bottlenose 500 Common 12 Blue Whales
Sept. 16 2 450 Common 5 Blue Whales
Sept. 15 2 800 Common 20 Risso’s 5 Blue Whales
Sept. 14 1 350 Common 1 Blue Whale
Sept. 13 2 550 Common 6 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
Sept. 12 1 100 Common
Sept. 11 2 40 Bottlenose 400 Common 35 Risso’s 1 Blue Whale
Sept. 10 2 50 Bottlenose 4 Blue Whales
Sept. 9 2 40 Bottlenose 80 Common
Sept. 8 2 500 Common 2 Blue Whales 2 Mola Mola
Sept. 7 2 300 Common 3 Blue Whales 6 Mola Mola
Sept. 6 2 420 Common 4 Blue Whales
Sept. 5 2 2 Blue Whales
Sept. 4 4 280 Common 9 Blue Whales
Sept. 3 3 42 Common 5 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale
Sept. 2 2 300 Common 4 Blue Whales
Sept. 1 2 100 Common 2 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
August 31 200 Common 7 Blue Whales
August 30 200 Common 8 Blue Whales
August 29 275 Common 8 Blue Whales 3 Mola Mola
August 28 180 Common 12 Blue Whales
August 27 380 Common 7 Blue Whales
August 26 770 Common 11 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales 1 Mola Mola
August 25 20 Bottlenose 50 Common 11 Blue Whales
August 24 137 Common 4 Blue Whales 3 Mola Mola
August 23 650 Common 8 Blue Whales
August 22 95 Common 6 Blue Whales
August 21 25 Bottlenose 281 Common 12 Risso’s 1 Blue Whale
August 20 1,260 Common 4 Blue Whales, 3 Minke Whales 1 Mola Mola
August 19 2 Bottlenose 600 Common 22 Blues Whales 3 Mola Mola
August 18 22 Bottlenose 450 Common 9 Blue Whales 8 Mola Mola
August 17 20 Bottlenose 650 Common 11 Blue Whales
August 16 70 Bottlenose 375 Common 6 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale 3 Mola Mola
August 15 850 Common 50 Risso’s 13 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whales
August 14 753 Common 27 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale
August 13 13 Bottlenose 350 Common 26 Blue Whales
August 12 1 Bottlenose 1,475 Common 10 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale 1 Mola Mola
August 11 25 Bottlenose 3,050 Common 5 Blue Whales
August 10 3 Bottlenose 525 Common 7 Blue Whales
August 9 20 Bottlenose 600 Common 8 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale
August 8 175 Common 2 Blue Whales
August 7 925 Common 12 Blue Whales
August 6 500 Common 9 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
August 5 35 Bottlenose 725 Common
August 4 135 Bottlenose 330 Common 15 Risso’s
August 3 350 Common 8 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
August 2 162 Bottlenose 100 Common 7 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales
August 1 50 Common 19 Blue Whales, 3 Fin Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
July 31 110 Common 9 Blue Whales
July 30 200 Common 47 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales
July 29 190 Common 15 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale 1 Mola Mola
July 28 1,050 Common 16 Blue Whales 1 Mako Shark
July 27 225 Common 15 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales 1 Mola Mola
July 26 200 Common 7 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whales
July 25 550 Common 3 Blue Whales
July 24 850 Common 1 Minke Whale
July 23 1,230 Common 30 Risso’s 8 Blue Whales
July 22 1,000 Common 2 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
July 21 1,000 Common 1 Blue Whale, 1 Minke Whale 2 Mola Mola
July 20 550 Common 2 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale
July 19 6 Bottlenose 200 Common 6 Blue Whales
July 18 100 Bottlenose 210 Common 2 Blue Whales
July 17 600 Common 12 Blue Whales
July 16 30 Bottlenose 320 common 9 Blue Whales 3 Mola Mola
July 15 400 Common 6 Blue Whales
July 14 700 Common 4 Blue Whales
July 13 50 Bottlenose 500 Common 3 Fin Whales, 2 Blue Whales
July 12 75 Bottlenose 200 Common 1 Blue Whale
July 11 175 Common 7 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale
July 10 2 Bottlenose 125 Common 19 Blue Whales, 4 Fin Whales
July 9 1,800 Common 13 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale
July 8 2,020 Common 1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale
July 7 145 Bottlenose
July 6 1,950 Common 1 Blue Whale
July 5 750 Common 1 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale
July 4 1,300 Common 1 Blue Whale, 1 Fin Whale
July 3 24 Bottlenose 1,050 Common 2 Blue Whales
July 2 100 Bottlenose 2,000 Common 10 Blue Whales
July 1 1,300 Common 1 Blue Whale
June 30 1,300 Common
June 29 60 Bottlenose 20 Risso’s 2 Blue Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale
June 28 6 Bottlenose 1 Blue Whale
June 27 40 Bottlenose 450 Common 1 Blue Whale 3 Mola Mola
June 26 50 Bottlenose 400 Common 1 Mola Mola
June 25 105 Bottlenose 2,100 Common 12 Risso’s
June 24 165 Bottlenose 1,400 Common 55 Risso’s
June 23 50 Bottlenose 300 Common 50 Risso’s
June 22 1,120 Common 1 Fin Whale 5 Mola Mola
June 21 15 Bottlenose 1,200 Common 30 Risso’s 2 Minke Whales
June 20 20 Bottlenose 2,000 Common 20 Risso’s
June 19 56 Bottlenose 650 Common 6 Risso’s
June 18 10 Bottlenose 40 Common
June 17 2,650 Common
June 16 2,300 Common
June 15 1,500 Common 1 Blue Whale
June 14 6,000 Common
June 13 1,012 Common 9 Blue Whales
June 12 2,500 Common 2 Blue Whales 1 Mola Mola
June 11 1,900 Common 1 Blue Whale
June 10 50 Bottlenose 500 Common 20 Risso’s 2 Blue Whales
June 9 50 Bottlenose 1,200 Common 5 Blue Whales
June 8 800 Common
June 7 30 Bottlenose 1,200 Common
June 6 500 Common 2 Blue Whales
June 5 2,400 Common 2 Blue Whales
June 4 1,300 Common 3 Blue Whales
June 3 No Sightings
June 2 1,000 Common
June 1 8 Bottlenose 100 Common
May 31 No Trips
May 30 200 Common 5 Blue Whales
May 29 No Sightings
May 28 2 Bottlenose 1,000 Common 1 Blue Whale
May 27 1,300 Common 1 Fin Whale
May 26 1,000 Common 1 Mola Mola
May 25 800 Common
May 24 20 Bottlenose 20 Common
May 23 18 Bottlenose 2,000 Common 30 Risso’s
May 22 16 Bottlenose 30 Risso’s 1 Mola Mola
May 21 450 Common
May 20 300 Common
May 19 50 Bottlenose 50 Risso’s
May 18
May 17 100 Common
May 16 500 Common 12 Risso’s
May 15 106 Common
May 14 1,000 Common 1 Blue Whale
May 13 2,500 Common 2 Blue Whales
May 12 150 Common 2 Blue Whales
May 11 700 Common 3 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 1 Sei Whale, 1 Humpback Whale
May 10 2 Bottlenose 500 Common 2 Gray Whales
May 9 No Trip
May 8 1,500 Common 2 Humpback Whales
May 7 200 Common 2 Gray Whales
May 6 30 Bottlenose 500 Common 2 Gray Whales (Mother & Calf)
May 5 1,500 Common 1 Gray Whale
May 4 12 Bottlenose 1,150 Common 60 Risso’s
May 3 1,100 Common
May 2 1,850 Common
May 1 1,800 Common 6 Gray Whales
April 30 2,460 Common
April 29 6 Gray Whales (Mother & Calf Pairs)
April 28 200 Common
April 27 6 Bottlenose 210 Common 2 Gray Whales (Mother & CalF)
April 26 200 Common
April 25 200 Common 2 Gray Whales (Mother & Calf), 1 Blue Whale
April 24 Happy Easter!
April 23 1,400 Common 4 Gray Whales, 2 Blue Whales
April 22 700 Common 5 Gray Whales
April 21 12 Bottlenose 490 Common 17 Gray Whales
April 20 150 Common
April 19 1,200 Common 1 Gray Whale,1 Minke Whale
April 18 25 Bottlenose 100 Common 2 Gray Whales
April 17 300 Common 4 Gray Whales
April 16 8 Bottlenose 300 Common
April 15 6 Bottlenose 950 Common 1 Mola Mola
April 14 100 Common 1 Gray WHale
April 13 200 Common 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Gray Whale
April 12 550 Common 3 Gray Whales
April 11 12 Bottlenose 1,600 Common 2 Fin Whales, 2 Gray Whales
April 10 1,350 Common 4 Gray Whales
April 9 700 Common 1 Gray Whale
April 8 400 Common
April 7 2 Bottlenose 1 Gray Whale
April 6 200 Common
April 5 520 Common
April 4 560 Common 2 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale
April 3 1,000 Common 4 Gray Whales
April 2 400 Common
April 1 800 Common 2 Gray Whales
March 31 1,700 Common 5 Gray Whales
March 30 450 Common 1 Gray Whale
March 29 50 Common
March 28 4 Gray Whales
March 27 40 Bottlenose 12 Common 5 Gray Whales
March 26 600 Common 50 Pacific White-Sided 8 Gray Whales
March 25 600 Common 1 Gray Whale
March 24 50 Bottlenose 300 Common 3 Gray Whales
March 23 200 Common
March 22 500 Common 3 Gray Whales
March 21 100 Common 4 GRAY WHALES
March 20 100 Common
March 19 500 Common 3 Gray Whales
March 18 6 Bottlenose 400 Common
March 17 10 Bottlenose 100 Common 2 Gray Whales
March 16 12 Bottlenose 430 Common
March 15 25 Bottlenose 140 Common
March 14 900 Common 3 Gray Whales
March 13 2 Bottlenose 2,000 Common 2 Gray Whales
March 12 950 Common 12 Pacific White-Sided 3 Gray Whales
March 11 400 Common
March 10 200 Common 20 Pacific White-Sided
March 9 200 Common
March 8 6 Bottlenose 2 Gray Whales
March 7 No Trip
March 6 700 Common
March 5 50 Bottlenose 450 Common 12 Pacific White-Sided 12 Risso’s 5 Gray whales
March 4 800 Common 80 Pacific White-Sided
March 3 130 Common
March 2 750 Common
March 1 100 Common 10 Pacific White-Sided
February 28 1,100 Common 2 Gray whales 1 Rare Striped Dolphin
February 27 50 Bottlenose 25 Pacific White-Sided
February 26 2,000 Common
February 25 50 Common 1 Gray Whale
February 24 400 Common 20 Pacific White-Sided 1 Gray Whale
February 23 150 Common 20 Pacific White-Sided 4 Gray Whales
February 22 650 Common 4 Gray Whales
February 21 900 Common
February 20 800 Common 3 Gray Whales
February 19 1 Gray Whale
February 18 Inclement Weather
February 17 300 Common
February 16 Inclement Weather
February 15 300 Common
February 14 1,700 Common 3 Gray Whales Casper the Albino Dolphin
February 13 800 Common 3 Gray Whales
February 12 2,400 Common 8 Gray Whales
February 11 25 Bottlenose 400 Common 5 Gray Whales
February 10 2 Gray Whales
February 9 1,000 Common
February 8 No Trip
February 7 500 Common 1 Gray Whale
February 6 200 Common
February 5 10 Bottlenose 600 Common 20 Pacific White-Sided
February 4 40 Pacific White-Sided
February 3 24 Bottlenose 18 Risso’s
February 2 2 Gray Whales
February 1 1,000 Common 2 Gray Whales
January 31 300 Common 5 Gray Whales
January 30 2 Bottlenose 500 Common 1 Gray Whale
January 29 200 Bottlenose 2,200 Common 4 Gray Whales
January 28 200 Bottlenose 200 Common 20 Risso’s
January 27 50 Bottlenose 1 Gray Whale
January 26 No Trip
January 25 12 Pacific White-Sided 1 Gray Whale w/ Calf
January 24 500 Common
January 23 65 Common 2 Gray Whales
January 22 1,100 Common 28 Risso’s 5 Gray Whales
January 21 600 Common 1 Gray Whale w/ Calf
January 20 50 Bottlnose 1,000 Common 2 Gray Whales
January 19 No Sightings
January 18 250 Common
January 17 6,050 Common 1 Gray Whale w/Calf 1 Blue Shark
January 16 11 Bottlenose 32 Risso’s
January 15 9 Bottlenose 1 Gray Whale
January 14 2,050 Common 20 Risso’s 3 Gray Whales
January 13 50 Bottlenose 2 Gray Whales
January 12 400 Common
January 11 22 Bottlenose 1 Gray Whale
January 10 8 Bottlenose 250 Common
January 9 15 Risso’s 2 Gray Whales
January 8 12 Bottlenose 1,400 Common 4 Gray Whales
January 7 5,000 Common 2 Gray Whales
January 6 12 Bottlenose 1 Gray Whale
January 5 3,000 Common
January 4 6 Bottlenose 1,000 Common
January 3 No Trip
January 2 1 Gray Whale
Jan. 1, 2011 6 Bottlenose 12 Risso’s 3 Gray Whales

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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 Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari offers. We see Blue Whales all summer, Gray Whales between December and May, Fin Whales and Minke whales year round, as well as Killer Whales (Orca), Sperm whales and other whales throughout the year. We see more wild dolphins off Orange County than anywhere in the world! We see herds of wild dolphin off Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Dana Point as large as 10,000 all year round.