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What It’s Like to Touch Gray Whales

When it comes to interacting with animals, one may recall the last time they pet a fluffy feline or ruffled the ears of a genial dog, but what if petting a mammal included not only a four-legged pal but a giant and friendly gray whale? In the San Ignacio Lagoon (Laguna San Ignacio), located in…

Does Whale Watching Harm Whales?

In 1950, a large group of curious land-living folk stood near the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California, as they peered across the deep blue to catch sight of the barnacle speckled gray whales that were migrating through the area. A handful of years later in 1955, the first water-based whale watching expeditions took…

How to Whale Watch Like a Pro

So you’re itching to throw on your sailor hat and trek out into the deep blue for a dose of some magnificent whale watching? Whale, that’s the best idea we’ve heard all day! For an adventure so grand, one so wise would never want to be caught ill-prepared for such an outing. Here at Captain…

New Year’s Resolutions – A Cetacean Declaration for 2019

Another year has swam by, and with the 2019 year shining brightly before us, we all look forward to that day when we can sit down and scribble away at our future goals and resolutions. With pen in hand, and a blank paper before us, we dream of our future six packs, rock solid diets,…

Why Do Experiences Make the Best Christmas Gifts?

It’s that time of the year again! The time of year where you sport your favorite Santa sweater, the pair of tight toed booties you’ve been storing at the back of your closet, and that childlike grin you’ve been saving since your birthday. As the days inch closer to the most wonderful time of the…

Gratitude: 16 Things To Be Thankful For

Update 12-November-2020 Our original post was written in 2018, long before ‘coronavirus’ became part of our daily conversations. At that time, we never could have guessed how truly thankful for toilet paper we would be two years later! LOL! Who knew that the spring of 2020 would not only bring tulips, sunshine, and rain showers,…

The 4th of July Holiday Guide

From fireworks to fairs: 10 amazing ways to celebrate in Orange County.     There’s so many local options to choose from this 4th of July, which to do?  While some families might opt for the backyard BBQ rather than jostle with crowds, everyone agrees that there is just something about coming together with the…

Father’s Day Gift Guide

10 affordable Southern California experiences to share with Dad!   Whether you’re planning ahead or need a last minute Father’s Day gift idea, we’ve got you covered thoughtful, fun gifts for Father’s Day.  So for the man who snuck you that extra scoop of ice cream, told far too many Dad Jokes and always managed…

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This year, give experiences! If the idea of foraging in a local mall to find just the right gift for the woman who bathed you, fed you, supported you, (and bailed you out a few times) doesn’t appeal, you’re not alone.  Sure, parfum, electronic fitness bracelets and gluten-free truffles can fill the bill for some,…

Whale Gives Birth Next to Whale Watching Boat

Whale watchers had a breathtaking encounter on March 19, 2016 off the coast of Dana Point, California, when they witnessed a rarely seen False Killer Whale giving birth. Passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari’s catamaran watched in awe as members of a pod containing around 40 false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens),came up to port side of the boat and pushed against it. There was a sudden burst of blood and the newborn calf popped out! The unexpected birth occurred in about 80 feet water. Captain Tom Southern, who witnessed the remarkable event, said “the whole group huddled around the calf, and they spent the next 10 to 12 minutes taking turns pushing the calf to the surface while the newborn learned how to swim”. False Killer Whales are rarely seen off of Southern California. They are normally found…

Dolphins Stampede Off Dana Point, Calif.

Our whale watchers experienced a once in a lifetime thrill when hundreds of common dolphins, without warning or provocation, began porpoising at high speed out of the water. Often referred to as a dolphin stampede, this breathtaking behavior can happen at any time and without any apparent cause. Porpoising is the fastest mode of travel for dolphins because there is less resistance in air than water. Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins per square mile than anywhere else on earth. This includes nearly 450,000 common dolphins, the species in this video. Dana Point is one of the best places in the world to see large mega-pods that can number in herds of up to 10,000. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!   Watch a Dolphin Stampede From a Drone Captain Dave…

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