Capt. Dave's Sightings Log

Daily whale watching sightings log & typical monthly sightings.

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Typical Monthly Dolphin & Whale Sightings

October 2019 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
Oct 17 3 2 Humpback Whales, 275 Common Dolphins, 25 Risso’s Dolphins
Oct 16 4 120 Bottlenose Dolphins
Oct 15 4 1 Gray Whale (1st Gray Whale of the Season), 800 Common Dolphins, 1 Thresher Shark
Oct 14 3 2 Minke Whales, 200 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mako Shark
Oct 13 4 700 Common Dolphins, 35 Bottlenose Dolphins
Oct 12 6 1,300 Common Dolphins
Oct 11 4 1,300 Common Dolphins
Oct 10 2 200 Common Dolphins, 50 Risso’s Dolphins
Oct 9 4 3,100 Common Dolphins
Oct 8 2 1,520 Common Dolphins
Oct 7 3 250 Common Dolphins, 4 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Oct 6 5 650 Common Dolphins, 120 Bottlenose Dolphins
Oct 5 6 2,700 Common Dolphins (Including a dolphin stampede)
Oct 4 4 1 Minke Whale, 2,700 Common Dolphins
Oct 3 3 1,400 Common Dolphins
Oct 2 4 2,700 Common Dolphins
Oct 1 3 1,000 Common Dolphins, 140 Bottlenose Dolphins

2019 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log Archive

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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