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Whale Watching Report from Hornblower for February 20–26

From the morning cruise to the afternoon cruise, whale watchers get their fill of gray whales, dolphins, and more



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We are beginning to see more Gray Whales migrating north. We’ve also consistently spotted a juvenile Gray Whale that has been remaining within the bay off of Ballast point for the past week—even our Harbor Tour Cruises and many private event cruises have been treated to sightings of this whale. To date, we’ve spotted 471 Grays during the current season. See our updated Sightings Reports at https://sandiegowhalewatching.com/

 

February 20, 2019

Morning Cruise

Sightings: 3 Gray Whales

The morning began with close looks at the young Gray Whale at Ballast Point in the bay. We later spotted a pair of adult Gray Whales, which we followed for the rest of the cruise. We enjoyed great views of double spouts and tail flukes.

Afternoon Cruise

Sightings: 2 Gray Whales

Our afternoon started with looks at the same Gray Whale in the bay that we spotted in the morning. We later found a single Gray Whale that gave us amazing spouts and flukes.

 

February 21, 2019

Morning Cruise

Sightings: n/a

Cruises cancelled due to heavy rain and high winds.

Afternoon Cruise

Sightings: n/a

Cruises cancelled due to heavy rain and high winds.

 

February 22, 2019

Morning Cruise

Sightings: 3 Gray Whales, 6 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 1 Common Dolphin

A sunny day with medium sea swells. We first spotted one juvenile gray whale inside the bay that has been spotted for past few days off Ballast Point. We also spotted two southbound Gray Whales one adult and one juvenile along with six Pacific White-sided Dolphins and one Long-beaked Common dolphin.

Afternoon Cruise

Sightings: 2 Gray Whales, 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 3 Common Dolphins

The juvenile Gray Whale was still seen near Ballast Point. The day was sunny and fairly calm. We also spotted a second Gray Whale that was elusive, one Pacific White-sided Dolphin and three Common Dolphin.

 

February 23, 2019

Morning Cruise

Sightings: 3 Gray Whales, 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

Beautiful weather today! We again found the juvenile Gray Whale near the Ballast Point Coast Guard station. We then spotted two adult Gray Whales headed south along with a couple of Pacific White Sided Dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise

Sightings: 3 Gray Whales

It was slightly windy, but still sunny in the afternoon. We had visitors from Spain, Arizona, Colorado, Germany, Texas and Jordan who were treated to the Ballast Point juvenile Gray Whale along with both Pacific White-sided and Common Dolphins and two snorkeling northbound juvenile Gray Whales with loads of barnacles.

 

February 24, 2019

Morning Cruise

Sightings: 3 Gray Whales

We first spotted a juvenile Gray Whale heading south a couple miles outside the north of the bay. Later, we saw 2 adult Gray Whales heading north. The north-bound whales even breached twice.

Afternoon Cruise

Sightings: 2 Gray Whales, 25+ Common Dolphins

We traveled offshore and along the way we encountered 25 Common Dolphins. We then spotted 2 juvenile Gray Whales that were zig-zagging on a northbound path.

 

February 25, 2019

Morning Cruise

Sightings: 3 Gray Whales

Another great morning of whale watching with 3 Gray Whales spotted during the cruise.

Afternoon Cruise

Sightings: 2 Gray Whales

A nice calm afternoon with sightings of 2 Gray Whales.

 

February 26, 2019

Morning Cruise

Sightings: 2 Gray Whales

Calm sunny conditions continued and we were treated to sightings of 2 Gray Whales.

Afternoon Cruise

Sightings: n/a

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