Whale Watching in San Diego
Here's the Hornblower whale report from the past few days
Photo by Travis Ord Photography
March 20, 2017
Sightings: 3 Gray Whales, 1000+ Common Dolphins, 1 Mola mola, 1 Thresher Shark
We found 3 Gray whales displaying mating & courtship behavior. We then enjoyed watching a mega-herd of Common Dolphins. To round out the trip, we spotted a Mola mola (Ocean Sunfish) basking at the surface and even a Thresher Shark.
Sightings: 2 Gray Whales, 1000+ Common Dolphins
We headed out west to find the huge group of Common dolphins. Before heading back in to the bay, we spotted a pair of Gray whales that gave us some great views & even a close breach.
March 19, 2017
Sightings: 4 Gray Whales, 1000+ Common Dolphins
We headed out to find 4 Gray whales that remained near the boat & gave everyone great looks. Later, we found a mega-herd of Common dolphins, which is always lots of fun to watch!
Sightings: 3 Gray Whales, 500+ Common Dolphins
Captain headed the boat out west again this afternoon and we spotted 3 individual Gray whales, all traveling north. We also came across another huge group of Common dolphins.
March 18, 2017
Sightings: 5 Gray Whales, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins
In spite of a foggy beginning to the morning, Captain managed to find 3 northbound Gray whales. We also spotted a few Bottlenose dolphins within the Bay.
Sightings: 3 Gray Whales, 50+ Common Dolphins
All guests enjoyed watching a trio of Gray whales along with about 50 playful and acrobatic Common dolphins.
March 17, 2017
Sightings: 6 Gray Whales, 50+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 200+ Common Dolphins
We spotted 6 adult Gray whales traveling together early in the trip. After a while, we traveled farther out to find a group of Pacific White-sided dolphins & large herd of common dolphins.
Sightings: 50+ Common Dolphins
The fog rolled in so poor visibility for most of the cruise. We spotted small blows in the distance, but weren't able to get any close looks. We found 50+ dolphins for a nice viewing.
March 16, 2017
Sightings: 1 Gray Whale, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 500+ Common Dolphins
We headed west & spent some time watching a herd of common dolphins - leaping, bowriding & surfing along with a small pod of Pacific White-sided dolphins. We briefly spotted a juvenile Gray whale on the way in.
Sightings: 2 Gray Whales
Just as we approached the ocean by Pt. Loma, we spotted 2 Gray whales. One was a small juvenile and the second was much larger adult that swam right by the boat.
March 15, 2017
Sightings: 3 Gray Whales, 10 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 20-30 False Killer Whales
In spite of heavy fog, captain managed to find 3 Gray whales. The real excitement was spending time with a pod of false-killer whales! We spent more than an hour watching these rarely-spotted whales until we had to head back in. What an exciting morning!
Sightings: 4 Gray Whales, 100+ Common Dolphins
This afternoon we were limited by fog, but Captain managed to find 4 Gray whales — a single juvenile and 3 adults displaying courtship behavior including a breach! We also enjoyed a herd of 100+ playful Common dolphins!