June 11, 2019

Cetacean Tuesday! Both trips were packed with lots of action and multiple species sightings!Our morning trip started off a little foggy, with limited visibility. As we ventured further west, the conditions changed as we spotted a pod of Offshore Bottlenose dolphins!...

May 28, 2019

Colossal Tuesday! We had an incredible day on the water. As we exit the jetties, we encountered a small group of inshore Bottlenose dolphins that were traveling south bound. We continued our search and got very lucky to see several pods of short-beaked and long-beaked...

May 14, 2019

Blue sky, blue water and Blue Whales surrounded us this morning! In addition to a few scattered pods of up to ~50 Common Dolphins in total, we spotted massive spout after spout along the horizon. Each and every blow appeared to be that of a Blue Whale. While...

May 12, 2019

The sky may have been a bit gray today but the whales were BLUE! Blue Whales are circling San Diego water RIGHT NOW! We don't want to call it too soon but we are itching to exclaim that the Blue Whale season of 2019 has officially begun. As a perfect fit for Mother's...

May 11, 2019

We hung out with the largest and second largest whales on the planet today! During the morning trip, we pointed our nose to the SW in search of wildlife. We found a pod of ~25 Common dolphins right in the middle of a feeding frenzy! We continued on to find a Harbor...

May 10, 2019

The cetacean sightings started right out of the gate this morning. Just as we left the jetties we had 3 inshore bottlenose dolphins guiding us west towards splashes in the distance. The splashes were coming from a large and spread out pod of common dolphins and...

May 9, 2019

We ventured off into the Pacific Ocean this morning in the hopes that we could find some sunshine and whales! Luckily for us, we did just that! A few scattered handfuls of Common Dolphins crossed our path as we made our way into deeper water. The rain eventually...

May 7, 2019

Tuesday was all about toothed whales! It was a little bumpy out this morning but we had an amazing encounter. Halfway through our trip as we ventured back east towards Mission Bay, we found a huge scattered pod (~200) of Common dolphins! Many of them were in travel...

Wednesday, June 11th

We always tell our guests that the trip's not over until it's over, and that was very true today! We had beautiful sunny skies and a calm blue ocean but aside from an interesting trio of mola mola, we just couldn't find any whales or dolphins. Just as we were about to...

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Tuesday, June 10th

On the morning trip, passengers were greeted as we left the channel by four inshore bottlenose dolphins. We traveled several miles offshore and found a megapod of more than 1,000 common dolphins to the delight of our guests! In the afternoon we had sunny skies and...

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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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