Learn About the Kinds of Dolphins We See Year-Round

Seeing Dolphins in Southern California is Almost a Given!

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What is so special about Dana Point and dolphins?

You can see five different species of wild dolphins during our dolphin and whale watching safaris. Dolphins off the coast of Southern California comprise some of the largest dolphin herds in the world, including mega-pods of up to 10,000! We have more wild dolphins in our area than anywhere else in the world!

Whales and dolphins are related!

Dolphins belong to the group of marine mammals that includes whales and porpoises. Together, they are called cetaceans (cet– AY– shuns). The bottlenose dolphin, for example, is a small, toothed whale that belongs to the Delphinidae family. There are at least 31 species in this family. Among the other toothed whales of the Delphinidae family are pilot whales, common dolphins, spotted dolphins, and orcas, also known as killer whales. Killer whales are the largest dolphin! So, what other kinds of dolphins are there? Read on!

All images in the following slideshows were taken during our whale watching safaris.

Common Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

Risso's Dolphin

Other Pages to Explore

Book today and experience year-round dolphin sightings off the coast of Southern California!