Capt. Dave's Sightings Log

Daily whale watching sightings log & monthly sightings-at-a-glance.

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Monthly Dolphin & Whale Sightings Overview

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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

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  • 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

Current Daily Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
Jun 16 11 6 Blue Whales, 400 Bottlenose Dolphins, 100 Common Dolphins, 1 Swordfish
Jun 15 8 5 Fin Whales, 980 Common Dolphins, 75 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jun 14 5 2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 625 Common Dolphins, 100 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jun 13 4 1 Fin Whale, 1,400 Common Dolphins, 103 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jun 12 5 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Gray Whale, 1,100 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jun 11 2 1 Minke Whale, 1,900 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Jun 10 3 2 Fin Whales, 575 Common Dolphins
Jun 9 7 3 Blue Whales, 3,300 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jun 8 6 7 Blue Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1,302 Common Dolphins, 165 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jun 7 5 2 Minke Whales, 1,000 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Jun 6 4 300 Common Dolphins, 210 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jun 5 5 4 Minke Whales, 3,300 Common Dolphins, 1 Ray
Jun 4 5 1 Blue Whale, 900 Common Dolphins
Jun 3 6 4 Minke Whales, 2,650 Common Dolphins
Jun 2 4 1,500 Common Dolphins, 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Great White Shark
Jun 1 5 5 Blue Whales, 200 Common Dolphins, 75 Bottlenose Dolphins
May 31 5 2 Fin Whales, 1,725 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Blue Shark, 1 Mola Mola
May 29 3 875 Common Dolphins, 1 Blue Shark
May 28 5 4 Blue Whales, 1,375 Common Dolphins, 90 Bottlenose Dolphins
May 27 7 2,150 Common Dolphins
May 26 5 2,450 Common Dolphins, 7 Risso’s Dolphins
May 25 9 1 Blue Whale, 3,700 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Harbor Seal
May 24 4 2 Blue Whales, 500 Common Dolphins
May 23 2 300 Common Dolphins
May 22 0 Inclement Weather
May 21 3 200 Common Dolphins, 100 Bottlenose Dolphins
May 20 3 1 Blue Whale, 1 Rare Basking Shark, 250 Common Dolphins
May 19 2 300 Common Dolphins
May 18 8 1 Minke Whale, 3,980 Common Dolphins
May 17 5 1,150 Common Dolphins
May 16 1 No Sightings
May 15 3 1,550 Common Dolphins
May 14 5 5 Humpback Whales, 3,450 Common Dolphins
May 13 3 1,400 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Elephant Seal
May 12 11 10 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 3,900 Common Dolphins, 1 Swordfish
May 11 7 1 Fin Whale, 1,500 Common Dolphins
May 10 3 3 Blue Whales, 550 Common Dolphins, 35 Bottlenose Dolphins
May 9 2 700 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
May 8 4 1 Fin Whale, 475 Common Dolphins
May 7 3 2 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 300 Common Dolphins
May 6 4 4 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 377 Common Dolphins
May 5 6 11 Blue Whales, 1,550 Common Dolphins
May 4 6 7 Blue Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 1,330 Common Dolphins, 25 Bottlenose Dolphins
May 3 5 3 Blue Whales, 1 Gray Whale, 1,800 Common Dolphins
May 2 4 3 Blue Whales, 350 Common Dolphins
May 1 3 3 Blue Whales, 275 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Apr 30 3 5 Fin Whales, 420 Common Dolphins, 10 Mola Mola
Apr 29 2 6 Fin Whales, 3 Blue Whales, 300 Common Dolphins
Apr 28 6 40 False Killer Whales, 6 Blue Whales, 4 Fin Whales, 1,100 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Apr 27 6 7 Fin Whales, 5 Blue Whales, 803 Common Dolphins
Apr 26 5 16 Fin Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 925 Common Dolphins
Apr 25 3 8 Fin Whales, 4 Gray Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 775 Common Dolphins
Apr 24 3 5 Fin Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 325 Common Dolphins, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins
Apr 23 4 8 Gray Whales, 3 Fin Whales, 1,125 Common Dolphins, 195 Bottlenose Dolphins
Apr 22 3 11 Fin Whales, 225 Common Dolphins
Apr 21 0 No Trips – Happy Easter!
Apr 20 10 10 Gray Whales (Including Entangled Whale), 1 Blue Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 1,224 Common Dolphins
Apr 19 7 1,225 Common Dolphins, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Apr 18 4 1,100 Common Dolphins
Apr 17 5 5 Blue Whales, 1,100 Common Dolphins
Apr 16 4 3 Blue Whales, 920 Common Dolphins, 75 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
Apr 15 3 2 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 725 Common Dolphins, 21 Bottlenose Dolphins
Apr 14 5 7 Gray Whales, 1 Entangled Gray Whale, 550 Common Dolphins, 52 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Harbor Seal
Apr 13 6 10 Gray Whales, 675 Common Dolphins
Apr 12 3 250 Common Dolphins
Apr 11 5 1 Gray Whale, 350 Common Dolphins, 85 Bottlenose Dolphins, 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Apr 10 3 4 Gray Whales, 100 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Apr 9 1 No Sightings
Apr 8 5 1 Blue Whale (On Each Trip), 1 Gray Whale, 705 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Apr 7 6 845 Common Dolphins, 35 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Apr 6 5 6 Gray Whales, 340 Common Dolphins, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins
Apr 5 5 25 – 50 False Killer Whales, 9 Gray Whales, 2,100 Common Dolphins
Apr 4 5 8 Gray Whales, 1,100 Common Dolphins
Apr 3 4 5 Gray Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 20 Common Dolphins
Apr 2 3 6 Gray Whales, 600 Common Dolphins, 12 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Harbor Seal
Apr 1 8 17 Gray Whales, 372 Common Dolphins, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 31 9 17 Gray Whales, 345 Common Dolphins, 82 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Mar 30 8 28 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 6,400 Common Dolphins, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 29 7 8 Gray Whales, 1,325 Common Dolphins, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 28 7 10 Gray Whales, 1,200 Common Dolphins, 120 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Mar 27 5 7 Gray Whales, 1,950 Common Dolphins, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 26 5 24 Gray Whales, 1,000 Common Dolphins, 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 25 6 22 Gray Whales, 720 Common Dolphins
Mar 24 9 22 Gray Whales, 990 Common Dolphins, 35 Bottlenose Dolphins, 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Mar 23 8 34 Gray Whales, 875 Common Dolphins,
Mar 22 5 13 Gray Whales, 625 Common Dolphins, 1 Thresher Shark
Mar 21 4 5 Gray Whales, 600 Common Dolphins, 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 20 2 1 Gray Whale, 600 Common Dolphins
Mar 19 5 7 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 1,000 Common Dolphins, 70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 20 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 18 7 28 Gray Whales, 1,987 Common Dolphins, 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 24 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 17 9 25 Gray Whales, 4 Humpback Whales, 2,800 Common Dolphins, 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 16 9 19 Humpback Whales, 16 Gray Whales, 7,100 Common Dolphins, 200 Bottlenose Dolphins, 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Mar 15 4 10 Gray Whales, 1,525 Common Dolphins
Mar 14 5 24 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 570 Common Dolphins
Mar 13 5 25 Gray Whales, 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Mar 12 5 30 Gray Whales, 350 Common Dolphins
Mar 11 3 11 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 10 6 38 Gray Whales, 750 Common Dolphins
Mar 9 8 44 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 105 Common Dolphins, 62 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin
Mar 8 6 21 Gray Whales,
Mar 7 4 22 Humpback Whales, 1,600 Common Dolphins, 50 Risso’s Dolphins
Mar 6 0 Inclement Weather
Mar 5 3 31 Humpback Whales, 1 Gray Whale, 9,000 Common Dolphins
Mar 4 5 19 Gray Whales, 2,300 Common Dolphins
Mar 3 5 19 Gray Whales, 4 Humpback Whales, 3,000 Common Dolphins, 4 Bottlenose Dolphins
Mar 2 3 No Sightings
Mar 1 4 8 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1,700 Common Dolphins, 37 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Feb 28 5 5 Gray Whales, 4 Humpback Whales, 14,900 Common Dolphins, 24 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 27 2 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale, 1 Gray Whale, 1 Unidentified Whale, 550 Common Dolphins, 2 Elephant Seals, 1 Blue Shark
Feb 26 3 7 Humpback Whales, 5 Fin Whales, 5 Gray Whales, 14,000 Common Dolphins
Feb 25 3 7 Fin Whales, 2 Gray Whales, 1,000 Common Dolphins, 32 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 24 5 10 Gray Whales, 800 Common Dolphins, 24 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 23 6 9 Gray Whales, 3 Fin Whales, 1,000 Common Dolphins, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 22 4 12 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 21 1 50 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
Feb 20 2 4 Gray Whales, 25 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
Feb 19 4 5 Gray Whales, 65 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 18 7 16 Gray Whales, 75 Common Dolphins, 22 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 17 1 1 Gray Whale
Feb 16 6 5 Gray Whales
Feb 15 2 2 Gray Whales
Feb 14 0 Inclement Weather
Feb 13 1 No Sightings (Rough Ocean Conditions)
Feb 12 2 4 Gray Whales, 2,500 Common Dolphins
Feb 11 3 6 Gray Whales
Feb 10 4 3 Gray Whales, 275 Common Dolphins, 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 9 3 3 Gray Whales, 60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 8 3 2 Gray Whales, 200 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 7 3 4 Gray Whales
Feb 6 2 2 Fin Whales, 2 Gray Whales, 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Feb 5 1 1 Gray Whale, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Feb 4 0 Inclement Weather
Feb 3 1 1 Gray Whale
Feb 2 0 Inclement Weather
Feb 1 2 3 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 31 1 3 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 30 3 3 Humpback Whales, 3 Gray Whales, 2,500 Common Dolphins, 125 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 29 1 2 Gray Whales, 50 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 28 2 6 Gray Whales, 900 Common Dolphins, 70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 27 4 11 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1,700 Common Dolphins, 12 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 26 7 13 Gray Whales, 125 Common Dolphins, 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 25 4 8 Humpback Whales, 1 Gray Whale, 500 Common Dolphins, 37 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 24 3 4 Humpback Whales, 900 Common Dolphins, 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 23 3 6 Gray Whales, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jan 22 1 1 Gray Whale, 1 Unidentified Whale
Jan 21 2 No Sightings
Jan 20 7 14 Humpback Whales, 2 Gray Whales, 1,200 Common Dolphins, 70 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jan 19 7 12 Humpback Whales, 3 Gray Whales, 2,500 Common Dolphins, 25 Bottlenose Dolphins
Jan 18 1 60 Risso’s Dolphins
Jan 17 0 Inclement Weather
Jan 16 0 Inclement Weather
Jan 15 1 200 Common Dolphins, 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 14 0 Inclement Weather
Jan 13 3 2 Gray Whales, 800 Common Dolphins
Jan 12 4 2 Gray Whales, 1,103 Common Dolphins, 27 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 11 2 2 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 100 Common Dolphins, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 10 1 3 Gray Whales, 25 Common Dolphins
Jan 9 2 1 Gray Whale, 275 Common Dolphins
Jan 8 2 4 Gray Whales, 35 Common Dolphins, 25 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 7 1 2 Gray Whales, 500 Common Dolphins, 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 6 1 1,000 Common Dolphins
Jan 5 3 2 Fin Whales, 260 Common Dolphins
Jan 4 3 5 Humpback Whales, 1,520 Common Dolphins, 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 3 4 2 Fin Whales, 2 Gray Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 800 Common Dolphins, 60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 2 5 7 Humpback Whales, 4 Gray Whales, 950 Common Dolphins, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Jan 1, 2019 5 6 Humpback Whales, 3 Gray Whales, 7,000 Common Dolphins

2018 Whale Watching Stats

1,049

Gray Whales

146

Blue Whales

138

Humpback Whales

249,311

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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