Latest press coverage of whales and dolphins in the media.
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.
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!
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, 2012: 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.
award-winning filmmaker and owner of Captain
Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari appeared on "The Early Show" Friday
with his wife Giselle Anderson and their daughter, Ariel,
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
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
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
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 live webcasts of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, click here.
To see the whale attack and watch more of the Andersons' interview, click on the video below.
Killer Whales Spotted Off O.C. Coast, Chip Yost Reports
Orcas Kill Seal Lion Off CA Coast
Fox 11 and Fox 13
Reporter: Al Naipo
Text Story by:
Dana 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.