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...
Sunday July 27th

Sunday July 27th

WARNING: If you do not like baby dolphins, read no further! Despite some wacky weather (thunder and lightning during July in San Diego?!??), we still had two incredible trips today. In the morning we found a pod of six Risso's dolphins, one of our more unusual...

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Saturday July 26

Saturday July 26

We had a very special day today! In the morning we were able to find half a dozen blue whales including one that showed its massive tail flukes! In the afternoon we found three brown boobies (birds normally found in Mexican waters), 100 common dolphins, including a...

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Tuesday July 22nd

Morning guests had front-row seats for the "Blue Whale Ballet" as two gigantic adult blue whales swam in tandem very near to our vessel. The morning trip found three blues in total and 50 frolicking common dolphins on the way home. In the afternoon the dolphins stole...

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Monday July 21st

WOW!!! That's about the only way one could describe today's cruises. Terrific blue whales--three in the morning and four in the afternoon, two schools of mola mola's in the morning, and a larger mola mola in the afternoon; a pod of 50 common dolphins on the morning...

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Sunday July 20th

What a fun day! In the morning we found a nursery pod of about 50 common dolphins filled with many tiny calves. We went the distance (11 miles) offshore to find an even larger pod of 300 common dolphins putting on a fun show. On the way home, we even landed a couple...

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Friday, July 18th

Nice little pair of trips today! In the morning we saw a pair of inshore bottlenose dolphins and four blue whales, including one cow/calf pair. We also saw five ocean sunfish, an elephant seal, and a mako shark that jumped out of the water not once, not twice, but...

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Tuesday, July 15th

Another day with the blues. Blue whales that is. We had about 7 total for both trips today. They seem to be staying out on the 50 fathom curve. We also had assorted pods of common dolphins , and 3 different groupings of mola mola (ocean sunfish). Today was awesome!

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Monday, July 14th

You think sightings of blue whales can't possibly get any better….yet they do. While idling, a blue whale calf approached the Privateer giving everyone an up-close and personal look at this amazing animal. We saw six blue whales on the morning cruise and three,...

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Sunday, July 13th

A big bumpy in the morning, but we still got to see six blue whales, a mako shark and a mola mola. The seas calmed a bit in the afternoon, and we had great views of five blue whales, one of which surprised everyone by surfacing less than 30' from the Privateer. Three...

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Saturday July 12th

Can you ever have too much of a good thing? We sure don't think so on the Privateer, because today we had too many blue whales to count but nobody is complaining! Both of our trips saw more whales than we knew what to do with - at least 15 per trip - and a sprinkling...

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Friday, July 11th

Have you ever seen 3 blue whales in one picture? Well we had lots of opportunity for that shot today, as we saw over 20 blue whales off the coast of San Diego. It's been a great two weeks for us, and today was one of those awesome days that you'll be talking about for...

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