Monday, June 9th

What a special treat we had today! Early into the trip we saw a small pod of about 50 common dolphins. We decided to check them out but after a few close passes, we saw something else swimming up the kelp line. We looked in the binoculars and were thrilled to see that...

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Sunday, June 8th

Today is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate all the awesome animals in our oceans and take time to think about what we can do to keep them safe and healthy. Both our morning and afternoon trips were treated to spectacular shows from common dolphin megapods, which...

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Friday, June 6th

The morning trip started off as a foggy June Gloom day, but burned off revealing a spirited group of 200 common dolphins and one ocean sunfish! In the afternoon we kicked things off with a handful of inshore bottlenose dolphins, found about 300 common dolphins out at...

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Thursday, June 5th

We had some very lucky passengers today! We didn't find any blue whales today, but found something equally interesting - a blue SHARK! Several miles out to sea we encountered a juvenile blue shark that stayed near the surface long enough for much of the boat to catch...

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Wednesday, June 4th

MEGAPOD!!! Today we found a megapod of approximately 2,000 common dolphins. They made their initial entrance by stampede and kept us entertained for much of the morning with their leaps and splashes, stretching as far as the eye could see. We are so lucky to be able...

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Tuesday, June 3rd

Day of the dolphins!!! Over 600 dolphins today, a mixture of common and offshore bottlenose. No baleen whales today, but passengers were loving the enthusiastic nature of these two species.

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Monday, June 2nd

Captain Ping went the extra mile today, literally! We were almost stumped for the day when we noticed some large splashes a few miles ahead. We motored over to find quite the inter species feeding frenzy! Hundreds of common dolphins mixed with western gulls, terns,...

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Sunday, June 1st

We went the distance today; about 14 miles offshore. We were in search of the largest animal ever to inhabit planet earth. Unfortunately, we came up short in finding a blue whale, but we DID find about 600 common dolphins! It was pretty amazing to be in the middle of...

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Saturday, May 31st

2 blue whales! Naturalist Jeremy's first of the season! This is great news for the upcoming summer. Although we aren't seeing them everyday right now, their numbers should be increasing steadily off of the San Diego coastline.

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Friday, May 30th

A very rare morning on the Privateer--just a handful of cetaceans spotted-- six inshore bottlenose dolphins in the Mission Bay channel. Weather was beautiful, seas calm, quite a few bait balls consisting of very small anchovies and lots of elegant terns and...

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Thursday, May 29th

Several bait balls consisting of small anchovies attracted at least 600 common dolphins, shearwaters, terns, gulls and sea lions. Guests and crew enjoyed being in the midst of their feeding frenzy. A little further out we encountered another school of about 150 active...

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Tuesday May 27th

We had a gloomy May Gray day out on the water but that didn't stop the animals from coming out to play! In the morning we saw dolphins upon dolphins starting with inshore bottlenose dolphins just outside the channel, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins out to sea, and at...

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