September 14, 2019

"Twitch" the Humpback Whale is BACK! It has been a long few weeks without our favorite summer humpback, but he/she is back off the San Diego coast following Long-Beaked Common Dolphins! This is typical behavior for the young, social whale and we were excited to see...

September 13, 2019

It was a Tern, Tuna and dolphin kind of day! What a unique experience we had on the Privateer!We first got mugged by a stealthy Minke whale off our bow! It then came up for a breath on our port side but quickly disappeared. As we continued west, we found a few...

September 12, 2019

It was a great day to be on the ocean! We experienced some calm sea conditions with nice visibility. We zoomed out to the drop-off and on approach we could see diving birds and splashing! We found a pod of ~20 Long-beaked Common dolphins! They were likely feeding on...

September 10, 2019

We enjoyed a full trip of dolphin activity this morning! Both Long-Beaked and Short-Beaked Common Dolphins were spotted during our three-hour trip. We first found a few dozen Long-Beaked Common Dolphins that were steadily moving toward the coast and intermittently...

September 8, 2019

It was great day on the water! We sighted two species of toothed whale! During the morning, we found a pod of Common dolphins near the drop-off. They were cruising along to the north, but came over to hang out with us. We could see lots of babies all around! They...

September 7, 2019

This weeks Cetacean Saturday was reserved for toothed whales and we encountered FOUR different species of them! All four species were spotted on the morning trip and we were able to relocate two species this afternoon. On the first trip of the day, ~35 Offshore...

September 6, 2019

Happy Friday equated to Happy passengers! What a gorgeous day off the coast of San Diego! The ocean was calm and the visibility was spectacular! We headed to the south in search for marine wildlife. Although it took some time, we spotted a huge pod of short-beaked...

September 5, 2019

Wahoo! We enjoyed an action-packed day, full of wildlife! We zoomed out to the drop-off and found our first sighting of the day, a huge pod of ~150 Short-beaked Common dolphins! They were racing to the south, but didn't mind hanging out with us. We observed many...
Monday, December 1st

Monday, December 1st

Today we enjoyed the calm before the storm. Despite the dreary forecast for tomorrow, we were lucky to have beautifully flat seas today. We were able to find two species of dolphins today - a pod of 300 common dolphins and about a dozen Pacific white-sided dolphins....

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Sunday, November 30th

Sunday, November 30th

We went out this morning with a great group of adventurous passengers, but the high winds made it difficult to spot wildlife. We gave everyone free passes and cancelled the afternoon trip. Reports indicate better conditions tomorrow and we've received several reports...

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Saturday, November 29th

Saturday, November 29th

Despite high hopes, we didn't find much marine life on the morning trip. In the afternoon, the winds picked up, but we were still able to find ten Pacific white-sided dolphins and a breaching humpback whale! From a distance we witnessed at least four or five breaches...

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Friday, November 28th

Friday, November 28th

Forget about Black Friday - today was GRAY FRIDAY! This morning we saw our first gray whale of the season! Today's whale appeared to be a large, pregnant female heading down to Baja to give birth to her calf. We also saw a pod of 300 common dolphins and a group of 25...

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Thursday, November 27th

Thursday, November 27th

Today aboard the Privateer we had a Thanksgiving feast... for the eyes! The weather was ideal and so was the wildlife. We saw more than 200 common dolphins, a humpback whale, three mola mola, a mako shark, and a fin whale to boot! It was great to share this holiday...

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Wednesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 26th

Are you SURE it's fall? It doesn't feel like it here in San Diego! Today it was nearly 80 degrees with clear, blue skies and flat, calm seas. Those ideal conditions allowed morning passengers to spot a juvenile humpback whale that surfaced very near to the boat, and...

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Tuesday, November 25th

Tuesday, November 25th

First, an update on the killer whales. There was a sighting yesterday in Oceanside that was confirmed to be the same pod that we saw on Sunday. In other words - they could still be close by! As far as today's sightings, on the afternoon trip we saw 20 energetic...

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Monday, November 24th

Monday, November 24th

Obviously yesterday's amazing killer whale trip is a tough act to follow, but we tried our best and had a really fun day on the water! In the morning we saw about 400 common dolphins that appeared to be in fast pursuit of fish. We also saw both a breaching mola mola...

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Sunday, November 23rd

Sunday, November 23rd

ORCAS IN SAN DIEGO!!!! It was an AMAZING day at sea! Our guests had the opportunity to see EIGHT Killer Whales, including 2 calves! While this was an incredibly rare sighting, the ocean will continue to surprise us, and hopefully you will be there next time! We have...

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Saturday, November 22nd

Saturday, November 22nd

No shortage of wildlife today! On the first trip we found a whopping 700 or so common dolphins in a group that seemed to stretch as far as the eye can see. In the afternoon we traveled more than 10 miles offshore but it was worth it because we found not only 500 more...

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Friday, November 21st

Friday, November 21st

Captain Steve decided to head straight west today in search of marine mammals. While we may not have gotten the big ones, we were fortunate enough to see 2 species of dolphins! We saw about 20 common dolphins that were riding our bow for a while, and we also spotted a...

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Wednesday, November 19th

Wednesday, November 19th

Captain Mark set the course today for La Jolla canyon; an underwater deep spot that sometimes brings in the big whales. Unfortunately, we came up short on baleen whales today, but we did see some dolphins! We found about 200 common dolphins with a lot of little calves...

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