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Capt. Dave’s Whale & Dolphin Sighting Log

Daily & Monthly Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings Log

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Typical Monthly Dolphin & Whale Sightings

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.

November 2020 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
Nov 29 6 2 Gray Whales, 1,540 Common Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 28 10 3,800 Common Dolphins, 37 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 27 9 2,560 Common Dolphins, 135 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 26 0 Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 25 5 5,000 Common Dolphins, 130 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 24 2 2,600 Common Dolphins, 20 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 23 3 2,400 Common Dolphins, 40 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 22 5 2,400 Common Dolphins
Nov 21 4 1,000 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 5 Harbor Seals
Nov 20 3 1,100 Common Dolphins
Nov 19 0 No Trips
Nov 18 3 400 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 200 Common Dolphins
Nov 17 1 200 Common Dolphins, 100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 16 1 250 Common Dolphins, 1 Great White Shark, 1 Elephant Seal
Nov 15 8 1,800 Common Dolphins, 190 Bottlenose Dolphins, 60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Nov 14 7 2,500 Common Dolphins
Nov 13 4 1,700 Common Dolphins, 2 Harbor Seals
Nov 12 2 90 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 11 3 550 Common Dolphins, 32 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 10 0 No Trips
Nov 9 2 400 Common Dolphins, 1 Elephant Seal
Nov 8 0 Inclement Weather
Nov 7 0 Inclement Weather
Nov 6 4 500 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Nov 5 3 750 Common Dolphins
Nov 4 1 100 Common Dolphins
Nov 3 2 200 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Nov 2 2 500 Common Dolphins, 1 Elephant Seal
Nov 1 6 700 Common Dolphins

2020 Archive Whale Watching Sightings Log

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.

2019 Whale Watching Stats

830

Gray Whales

174

Blue Whales

229

Humpback Whales

427,279

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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