September 20, 2019

It was a FINTASTIC day on the water! We had an action-packed day full of wildlife! We journeyed out to the west to deeper water and sighted some California sea lions, many marine birds, and a single Common dolphin. Beyond the drop-off, we found a HUGE pod of Common...

September 19, 2019

Look who is back and ready for whale watchers! Our local Humpback Whale, "Twitch" surprised us on the way in from a dolphin-packed morning trip! We started the day by circling an active pod of ~200 Long-Beaked Common Dolphins as they swiftly moved to the south. After...

September 17, 2019

The dolphin watching was impeccable today! We encountered nearly ~650 Short-Beaked Common Dolphins this morning and couldn't believe how boat-friendly they were! Each of the countless pods we passed through made clear diversions from their course-line to surf and...

September 16, 2019

The ocean was ALIVE today, folks! We had some phenomenal sightings this morning! Our first encounter was a big pod of long-beaked Common dolphins! As we observed, our Captain saw a spout within a few yards from us. As we went to investigate, low and behold, it was...

September 15, 2019

It was a quiet, yet beautiful day on the water but we were lucky enough to spot a Minke Whale this morning! Check out this amazing shot by our friend, Domenic Biagini, of a Minke Whale this summer! We hope to catch some more cetacean action offshore this week! No...

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...
Thursday, October 2nd

Thursday, October 2nd

It may be October but it still feels like summer here in San Diego! Today was a hot, sunny day with calm seas and just about everything else the ocean has to offer. We set a new record for flying fish sightings along with mola mola, sea lions, 500 common dolphins, and...

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Tuesday, September 30th

Tuesday, September 30th

What a magnificent day! So many dolphins, we didn't know what to do with them all! We saw at least 1458 common dolphins today...jumping and having fun all around the boat. Don't forget about the blue whales...they were there! We saw 3 up close...there were more in the...

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Monday, September 29th

Monday, September 29th

Some people dread Mondays, but not us. Today was a FANTASTIC Monday out on the water! In the morning we saw a hammerhead shark, at least 700 jumping common dolphins, and a trio of camera-friendly blue whales! In the afternoon we saw multiple whale spouts in the area...

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Sunday, September 28th

Sunday, September 28th

The ocean was a bit bumpy today, but our passengers hung in there and it paid off! In total we saw close to 600 lively common dolphins and even one shy juvenile blue whale! The good news is that the seas should be calming in the next few days and we have plenty of...

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Saturday, September 27th

Saturday, September 27th

Soooo glad to be back in the water! After nearly a month in dry dock, the Privateer is back in the ocean, doing what she does best...finding whales! We had such a great day full of sunshine and marine life. Between our 2 trips we saw 1,348 common dolphins, a...

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Monday, September 1st through Friday, September 26th

The Privateer will be offline September 1st to September 26th for our annual US Coast Guard inspection. Our whale watching trips will resume on Saturday, September 27th. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you can make it out with us on the 27th!

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Sunday, August 31st

Sunday, August 31st

We want to thank all of our passengers who made August 2014 one of our best whale-watching months on record! We finished things out with good looks at two blue whales and 100 common dolphins in the morning and one blue whale and 300 common dolphins in the afternoon....

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Saturday, August 30th

Saturday, August 30th

The Privateer kicked off the holiday weekend with two whale-filled trips! Dolphins were scarce today - just four bottlenose dolphins near the jetties in the morning but none in the afternoon. No matter, we were able to find some very cooperative blue whales to make up...

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Friday, August 29th

Friday, August 29th

So much to see today! If you were on the Privateer today, you were in for a treat. We saw 4 blue whales today and over 1000 common dolphins! We also had the opportunity to see some ocean sunfish munching on a type of cnidarian called by-the-wind sailors. So much...

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Thursday, August 28th

Thursday, August 28th

Nice day out on the high seas! Today we were happy to welcome a fantastic group of whale watchers aboard the Privateer and escape the sweltering heat together. We were fortunate enough to spot two blue whales and a common dolphin megapod all in the same area - a truly...

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Wednesday, August 27th

Wednesday, August 27th

Heading out of the Mission Bay Channel, we saw a small pod of bottle nose dolphins….they were much too close to the jetty to get a better look. Out on the open ocean, however, a different story--first a pod of 50 common dolphins, and a bit further out, a megapod of...

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Monday, August 25th

Monday, August 25th

What a day! We saw 14 blue whales, 500 common dolphins, and... a HUMPBACK WHALE?In the morning we found five blue whales and 200 lively common dolphins. In the afternoon we encountered a nursery group of 300 common dolphins, nine blue whales (two that showed their...

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