Super Cetacean Saturday is here once again! During both trips we encountered toothed whales and baleen whales. During the morning, we started our trip out with a pair of Northbound Gray whales that had 4-5 min dive times with a few breaths at the surface. One of the Gray whales flashed its flukes before going on a deep dive. We set out to the West, and while just past the drop-off we found a trio of Northbound Gray whales and ~400 Common dolphins! The trio was seen rolling around at the surface. Flukes were seen before we left them to check out the Common dolphins. Inquisitive and energetic Common dolphins zoomed over to hitch a ride at the bow. Some surfed in our wake and others breached at the surface. While enjoying the dolphin party, a mighty spout was seen nearby. It turned out to be a single Humpback whale! We saw spouts, backs and flukes from this individual as it followed the densest part of the Common dolphin pod. During the afternoon trip, we sighted our first cetacean sighting in the Mission Bay channel. An Inshore bottlenose dolphin popped up in front of us and hitched a ride at the bow. Not too far from shore, a small pod of ~6 Pacific white-sided dolphin showed up. They were initially headed North but stopped to hang out. We saw them swim all around the boat, with some racing to bow-ride the Privateer. Continuing out to deeper water a Gray whale spout was sighted! This individual was seen milling at the surface turning in all directions. We eventually paralleled it and got to see its barnacles and lice very clearly. We could easily see the blue/aquamarine glow as it milled subsurface. On our last looks, we watched this Gray whale arch its back and show its flukes while defecating! Gray whales primarily feed up North in the Arctic but can also opportunistically feed during their migration. The whale poop indicated such feeding behavior! Trash/Recyclables: One Mylar balloon successfully retrieved! The Humpback sighted for the day was our first for 2018! We can see them any time of year and particularly in the Spring and Fall months. Try your luck in finding a Humpback whale soon! -Vanessa