Capt. Dave's Sightings Log

Monthly dolphin and whale sightings-at-a-glance plus our whale watching sightings log, updated daily.

2017 Whale Watching Stats

1,241

Gray Whales

59

Blue Whales

235

Humpback Whales

349,315

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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Dolphin and Whale Sightings

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  • Frequently Seen in January:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Fin Whales, Gray Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in January:

    Whales: Humpback Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

  • Chevron down February
  • Frequently Seen in February:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Fin Whales, Gray Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in February:

    Whales: Humpback Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

  • Chevron down March
  • Frequently Seen in March:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Fin Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in March:

    Whales: Blue Whales, Gray Whales with Calves, False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

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  • Frequently Seen in April:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Fin Whales, Gray Whales with Calves, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in April:

    Whales: Blue Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

  • Chevron down May
  • Frequently Seen in May:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Gray Whales with Calves, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in May:

    Whales: False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

  • Chevron down June
  • Frequently Seen in June:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Mola Mola, Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in June:

    Dolphins: Pacific White-sided Dolphins

    Whales: Bryde’s Whales, False Killer Whales, Gray Whales, Orcas (Killer Whale), Pilot Whales Sei Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Sharks

  • Chevron down July
  • Frequently Seen in July:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Mola Mola, Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions, Sharks

    Infrequently Seen in July:

    Dolphins: Pacific White-sided Dolphins

    Whales: Bryde’s Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales, Sei Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals

  • Chevron down August
  • Frequently Seen in August:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Mola Mola, Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions, Sharks

    Infrequently Seen in August:

    Dolphins: Pacific White-sided Dolphins

    Whales: Bryde’s Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales, Sei Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals

  • Chevron down September
  • Frequently Seen in September:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Mola Mola, Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions, Sharks

    Infrequently Seen in September:

    Dolphins: Pacific White-sided Dolphins

    Whales: Bryde’s Whales, False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales, Sei Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals

  • Chevron down October
  • Frequently Seen in October:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in October:

    Dolphins: Pacific White-sided Dolphins

    Whales: False Killer Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales, Sei Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

  • Chevron down November
  • Frequently Seen in November:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in November:

    Dolphins: Pacific White-sided Dolphins

    Whales: Blue Whales, False Killer Whales, Gray Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

  • Chevron down December
  • Frequently Seen in December:

    Dolphins: Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins

    Whales: Fin Whales, Gray Whales, Minke Whales

    Other: Pelagic Birds, Sea Lions

    Infrequently Seen in December:

    Whales: Blue Whales, False Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales),  Pilot Whales

    Other: Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Mola Mola, Sharks

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