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Capt. Dave’s Whale & Dolphin Sighting Log

Daily & Monthly Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings Log

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Captain Dave’s Dana Point Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari is the first tour in Dana Point to offer year-round dolphin and whale sightings! We helped put Dana Point whale watching tours on the map by delivering breathtaking whale and dolphin watching in a warm and welcoming environment. On the very rare occasion that you don’t have any whales or dolphin sightings, we’ll be happy to provide a free whale watching tour to be used within one year.

February - March 2021 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
March 4 2 4 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 2,000 Common Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
March 3 0 Inclement Weather
March 2 3 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Gray Whale, 700 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
March 1 2 6 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 500 Common Dolphins, 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Feb 28 10 11 Gray Whales, 4 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 2,000 Common Dolphins, 22 Mola Mola, 1 Mako Shark
Feb 27 16 13 Gray Whales, 6 Fin Whales, 4 Humpback Whales, 2,320 Common Dolphins, 251 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 26 Mola Mola
Feb 26 3 425 Common Dolphins
Feb 25 3 5 Gray Whales, 1,100 Common Dolphins
Feb 24 4 4 Humpback Whales, 4,100 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 23 4 4 Humpback Whales, 2,125 Common Dolphins
Feb 22 5 4 Gray Whales, 2,700 Common Dolphins, 1 Elephant Seal
Feb 21 9 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Gray Whale, 2,800 Common Dolphins, 16 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 20 9 6 Gray Whales, 4,100 Common Dolphins
Feb 19 6 9 Gray Whales, 2,000 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Feb 18 3 6 Fin Whales, 3 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 17 2 2 Fin Whales, 100 Common Dolphins
Feb 16 2 1 Gray Whale, 600 Common Dolphins
Feb 15 10 7 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1,414 Common Dolphins, 1 Harbor Seal
Feb 14 11 15 Gray Whales, 875 Common Dolphins, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
Feb 13 10 28 Gray Whales, 150 Common Dolphins, 120 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Feb 12 2 2 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 100 Common Dolphins
Feb 11 2 1 Gray Whale, 350 Common Dolphins
Feb 10 2 3 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins, 80 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 15 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 9 1 3 Gray Whales
Feb 8 3 1,200 Common Dolphins, 45 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 7 3 4 Gray Whales, 2,300 Common Dolphins
Feb 6 9 22 Gray Whales, 1,025 Common Dolphins, 1 Harbor Seal
Feb 5 2 3 Gray Whales, 1,525 Common Dolphins
Feb 4 1 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 3 1 1 Unidentified Baleen Whale, 300 Common Dolphins, 35 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 2 1 3 Gray Whales
Feb 1 2 6 Gray Whales, 60 Common Dolphins, 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

2021 Archive Whale Watching Sightings Log

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See an Abundance of Wildlife Up Close and Personal

Dana Point is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World® for good reason! The gorgeous Pacific ocean is teeming with aquatic animals that are truly stunning to behold. Depending on which month you join us, you may see multiple varieties of both whales and dolphins. Every trip is special!

While dolphin and whale sightings are our bread and butter, we often run into other marine creatures, including sea lions, pelagic birds, sharks, seals, Mola mola, and more! Check out the months below to get an idea of what to expect on your visit. You can also check our daily whale and dolphin sightings log for details on the animals we saw on our latest adventures!

Create Memories that Last a Lifetime

Words and pictures simply can’t prepare you for the thrill of an up-close encounter with these majestic animals. As one of the best whale watching cruises in California, our hope is that connecting with the animals will change how you view the world and help you to form a lasting connection with nature. Your first whale sightings can truly be an eye-opening, life-changing experience. Heck, we’ve been doing this for over twenty years, and we’re still just as amazed to this day! Join us on an unforgettable adventure.

Learn More About Dana Point's Monthly Dolphin & Whale Sightings

2020 Whale Watching Stats

647

Gray Whales

230

Minke Whales

555

Humpback Whales

477,876

Dolphins

When is the best time to see whales in California?

You can see whales and dolphins off the coast of Dana Point, California, all year long!

May through November you can see blue whales, humpback whales, fin whales, and more. Between December and May, Dana Point whale watchers can see migrating gray whales, as well as fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more. All year round several species of dolphins can be viewed, sometimes in mega-pods as large as 10,000! And throughout the year, rare species of whales and dolphins such as orcas (killer whales), Bryde’s whales, pilot whales, and sperm whales could be seen. Southern California has more dolphins and more blue whales than anywhere else in the world.

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