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We See Wild Sea Creatures Like Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins!

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Dolphins, Whales, and Sharks, Oh My!

Orange County offers more than just the whale watching it is famous for. Our scenic waters are teeming with so many different types of wild sea creatures, sharks, dolphins, and whales that you never know what you may encounter during your whale watching trip. Every safari is different!

Do you “sea” lions? Yes, we do!

Dolphins and whales are not the only year-round animals seen during our whale watching safaris. Throughout the year we also see a group of animals called Pinnipeds. This group includes California Sea Lions, which are viewed on nearly every trip, as well as Harbor Seals and large Elephant Seals. Do you know the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Learn how to tell them apart from our expert naturalists during your safari!

Sea Lion

We see more than 50 species of beautiful marine birds including endangered Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Blue Herons, Terns, Egrets, Shearwaters, Gulls, and more.

A few of our frequently seen birds include:

You won’t “need a bigger boat” to view sharks and other fish!

From tiny anchovies to the second largest fish in the world, Dana Point is host to a great variety of fish, many of which can be seen during our dolphin and whale watching excursions.

Among the wild sea creatures, sharks, whales, and dolphins it’s possible to see on Captain Dave’s cruises, you may also encounter Mola Mola. Also known as Sunfish, it is one of the most frequent fish our passengers see because sunfish like to lay flat on the surface of the water. Mola Mola are the largest bony fish in the world and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.

Occasionally, various species of sharks and dolphins are seen at the surface including Great White Sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue Sharks, Thresher Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. During our regular dolphin and whale watching safaris we have also encountered very rare Basking Sharks, a filter feeder and the second-largest living fish after the Whale Shark! Take a look at our sightings log to find out when you’re likely to see some of these species.

Great White Shark
Mola Mola
Schooling fish being eaten by dolphins and seagulls

Uncommon Sea Creatures & Picturesque Landscapes

Unique and rare wildlife are also observed include beautiful jellyfish, sea turtles, devil rays, by-the-wind sailors, and more.

And on top of all the incredible animals, Captain Dave’s Dana Point whale watching safaris also view historic boats, gorgeous coastline and beaches, and many other memorable sights.

See for yourself!