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Whales and Dolphins

Do Dolphins and Whales Grieve?

Grieving dolphin mother carrying deceased calf on her back

Grief is a natural response to loss that is universally shared among humans all around the globe. Whether brought on by death, divorce, or drastic change, this multifaceted physical, spiritual, behavioral, cognitive, and social grieving process is a natural occurrence that has taken place within the lives of living entities for thousands of years. But…

Why Do Whales Jump Out Of The Water?

A gray whale jumping out of the water near Dana Point, California

The Dana Point whale watching season brings an abundant number of whale sightings to onlookers aboard our five-star Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching tours. These whale sightings come from a handful of magnificent whale species that touchdown in the Southern California waters. These species range from humpback whales, blue whales, gray whales, and even…

Where To Go Dolphin Watching

Capt. Dave's catamaran Manute'a and a dolphin stampede

Dana Point, California, is home to a magnificent amount of marine mammals. The marine life seen aboard a boat ride during the Dana Point dolphin and whale watching season can range from seals, sea lions, and sharks, to gray, blue, and humpback whales, but one family of marine wildlife leaves both seasoned and novice whale…

Where Can I See Whales in California?

Humpback Whale Tail Flukes in the air with water dripping down

The waters along the California coast are home to an abundant amount of marine life. From beautiful Northern California areas such as Point Reyes to Santa Barbara, and gorgeous Southern California areas like Long Beach, Dana Point in Orange County, and down to San Diego, the sightings are spectacular. Often friends and family forego adventuring…

How Big is a Blue Whale?

Blue Whale Overhead

Scientists estimate that there are over one million species of animals on the earth today. From common house pets, farmhouse critters, and safari species, to water wildlife, jungle vertebrates, and mountain creatures, the list of astonishing animals is almost endless. Of all the amazing creatures that call our planet home, one is known for its…

What Whales & Dolphins You Can Expect to See on Your Tour

Humpback whale leaps out of the water

Whale watching Dana Point CA trips are unlike any other whale and dolphin watching trips in the world. Being the Whale Watching Capital of the World®, Dana Point whale watching trips leave locals and visitors alike both astounded and humbled at the vast array of marine wildlife spotted right outside our Dana Harbor. As curious…

Whale Entanglement Part 3: How to Prevent Entangled Whales

Entangled humpback whale thrashing its tail

Whale entanglement in fishing gear is affecting the whale population at an astounding rate. A record number of entangled whales have been reported since the early 2000s, putting large whales such as blue whales, humpback whales, and gray whales, at great risk of injury and death. Whales that become entangled in fishing line and fishing…

Whale Entanglement Part 2: How Entangled Whales Are Rescued

Capt Dave, Dana, Mark remove net from entangled gray whale

With over 300,000 marine mammals, including large whales, dolphins, and porpoises, dying every year from fishing gear entanglement, this worldwide devastating phenomenon is catching the attention of people around the globe. While our oceans are both vast and incredible, what takes place below the surface with fishing gear, line, and traps is alarming. Even more…

Whale Entanglement Part 1: How Whales Become Entangled

Gray Whale with Metal Frame Around Head

All across the globe, an extraordinary amount of marine mammals are cruising about our vast and incredible oceans. Although these majestic and graceful creatures migrate, feed, and dwell amid some of nature’s most pristine locations, a catastrophic occurrence is taking place beneath the surface of the swells. This heartbreaking happening is the devastating reality of…

How Balloons in the Ocean Kill Marine Life

Dolphin Next to a Balloon in the Ocean

All around the globe, family members, friends, and folks gather together to commemorate loved ones in unique and special ways. These honorary remembrances can include activities such as reunions, BBQ’s, dinner parties, and even hoe-downs, but one festivity has become a popular activity that is resulting in far more than smiles, laughs, and memories. This…