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Whale Watching in the News

Latest press coverage of whales and dolphins in the media.

June 26, 2013
Mar Yvette from FOX News joined us aboard “Manute’a” for a live broadcast on Good Day LA
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June 20, 2013 KTLA’s Steve Kuzj joined us aboard “Manute’a” for an up-close look at the incredible dolphin mega-pods seen off Dana Point.

March 26, 2013 Whale watchers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari had an unexpected and heartbreaking encounter with a pod of bottlenose dolphins yesterday. A deceased dolphin calf was being carried by an adult bottlenose dolphin on its back. This video sends a powerful message about how much a dolphin can care. It is a window into a dolphins heart.

March 17, 2013 A pair of gray whales got “lucky” on St. Patrick’s Day, oblivious to Dana Point Whale Watching boats nearby.

March 9, 2013 Whale watching passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari out of Dana Point, California, received a special surprise in the form of a very rare pod of transient or Biggs killer whales!

February 18, 2013 This video was taken in upper Magdalena Bay, Baja, CA during Capt. Dave’s family vacation.

February 3, 2013 Romantic gray whales roll with bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Dana Point, California, as our high-tech Whale Watching boat “Manute’a” looks on! As seen on ABC, CBS, NBC.

January 15, 2013 Watch a migrating Gray Whale frolic with Pacific White-sided Dolphins! As seen on NBC-LA.

January 6, 2013 Amazing vidoe of rare Dolphin Stampede as seen on national TV.

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December 30, 2012 Meet Farley the Fin Whale who “mugged our boat and left behind a heart-shaped footprint!n NBC-LA. Read the OC Register article >

October 5, 2012: NBC LA Channel 4 Lucy Noland joined Capt. Dave in September for an awesome day of whale watching, including blue whales lunge feeding! View more videos at:

August 28, 2012: Fox Channel 11, Good Day LA
Capt. Dave on Good Day LA and he talks about the remarkable whale sightings we’ve had this summer.Los Angeles Local News, Weather, and Traffic

August 9, 2012: KTLA Channel 5
Gayle Anderson from KTLA Channel 5 joined us live for an exciting morning of dolphin and whale watching off Dana Point. In addition to a pod of playful common dolphins, “Notcho”, a returning blue whale who is a crew and passenger favorite, made his television debut. Watch a clip below and check out Gayle’s full report with more great video.


June 4, 2010: Capt. Dave, Gisele and Arielle are on CBS The Early Show

June 4, 2010
Caught On Tape: Killer Whales On the Hunt

Whale Watcher Family Talks About Seeing Orcas Attack Sea Lion in the Wild

(CBS) A pod of killer whales in Southern California has been caught on tape killing a sea lion. It’s an almost unheard of event to capture, but that’s exactly what Dave Anderson did.

The award-winning filmmaker and owner of Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari appeared on “The Early Show” Friday with his wife Giselle Anderson and their daughter, Arielle, to talk about seeing the killer whale hunt in-person.

Dave and his family were preparing for a trip to Yosemite National Park when Dave got a call from one of his boat captains about the hunt in progress. said, “We’ve been doing year-round whale watching for about 15 years and we have daily trips out there. … But I have never seen anything like that this pod of killer whales. It was just incredible.”

He explained eight killer whales were attacking the sea lion and throwing it around.

“It was something I’ve never seen before all the years I’ve been out on the water,” he said. “And the whales actually came over to our body and they were sticking their heads out of the water looking at us. One of them even came right over to the window, and everybody got to see it. People screamed on the boat. The whale’s eyes were looking right at the people. So instead of whale watching, it was people watching.”

Gisele called the experience a “blessing.”

“For me as a mom and for us as just people who love to take people out to see these animals, to see them doing something in the wild that I’ve never even seen on Discovery — actually popping their heads up out of the water and vocalizing and talking to one another was so exciting. We looked at each other and went, ‘Do you hear that?’ It was really fun. And just to see some of the other behaviors that they exhibited was quite an experience — quite a blessing for us.”

Arielle, who was on the bow during the attack, called the experience “amazing.”

“They were like seven or six feet away,” she said. “… They were putting on such a show.” To see the whale attack and watch more of the interview, click on the video below.


KTLA: Killer Whales Spotted Off O.C. Coast, Chip Yost Reports


Orcas Kill Seal Lion Off CA Coast

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Fox 11 and Fox 13 Reporter: Al Naipo
Text Story by: Associated PressDana Point – A boatload of watchers got their money’s worth when they witnessed a rare encounter of eight killer whales killing and feasting on a sea lion off the Southern California coast.Video taken Tuesday by Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari shows the the orcas playing and eating in front of passengers on a charter cruise near Dana Point.Capt. Dave Anderson says it was the first time in two years he has seen a killer whale off the Orange County coast.Anderson says one of the whales swam up to the whale-watching boat and stared into the window of the underwater viewing pod. He says another put its mouth on the engine of the backup boat that he was using to photograph the whales. He says it appeared the adult whales were teaching a calf to feed.


ABC News Story on Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
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