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 July 10th

Another phenomenal day on the water. More than 200 common dolphins and ten blue whales, including a juvenile blue whale that was breaching repeatedly in the distance! By the time we caught up to it, the whale seemed to have tuckered out, but we could see the gigantic...

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Wednesday, July 9th

If you were on the Privateer today, you got to experience the best in San Diego whale watching. Today was exceptional in many ways. We had multiple pods of dolphins that were energetic and it seemed they were happy to see us. I'd say we saw at least 1,000 today. We...

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Tuesday, July 8th

We've got the blues, and we're not crying or whining….blue whales---seven on our morning cruise, and six on the afternoon run (plus a couple coastal bottlenose dolphins greeted us as we headed out the Mission Bay channel. Can't beat the weather conditions or the calm...

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Monday, July 7th

Some people aren't too thrilled with Mondays, but not the case on the Privateer today. Five blue whales in the morning, 200 common dolphins, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and five mola molas--all in a row, were observed. The afternoon trip didn't disappoint...

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Sunday, July 6th

The blues were here in full force today! Between our two trips we saw at least 30 of these giants! And if that wasn't enough, each of our trips also saw about 100 common dolphins as well just to spice things up. These blues were actively feeding on krill in the area,...

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Friday, July 4th

Another incredible day on the water! We saw four species of whales today,including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins,a humpback whale, and several feeding blue whales. Happy 4th of July, everyone!

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Thursday, July 3rd

The blues are back!! We got good looks at a blue whale, especially enjoyed seeing the tail flukes when it took a deep dive…and there were a couple more blues in the general vicinity. From large to small… on the trip in, we saw a massive pod of common...

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Wednesday July 2nd

Another day of dolphins! In the morning we saw a few inshore bottlenose dolphins and 300-400 common dolphins. In the afternoon we found an even larger pod of common dolphins - at least 500 in the bunch.

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Tuesday, July 1st

Mixed bag of wildlife today - in the morning we saw an osprey, three mola mola, and 500 common dolphins. In the afternoon we found more than 400 common dolphins and 40 bottlenose dolphins on the way home!

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Monday June 30th

No blue whales today - guess a couple thousand dolphins will have to suffice! Between our two trips today we saw more than 2,000 common dolphins putting on a lively show. Every day is different... Can't wait to search again tomorrow

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Sunday, June 29th

What an amazing blue whale experience today. Both trips saw lots of blue whales! 13 in total for the day, including a cow/calf pair in the afternoon. We had some close encounters as Captain Mark turned off the boat and a few of them seemed inquisitive. Our morning...

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Thursday, June 26th

Thursday, June 26th

BEST DAY of the season so far for seeing large baleen whales: Six fin whales, including a mom and calf pair; and a mighty blue whale. From the photo below you can see what they were lunge-feeding on….lots of krill in the water. In addition we got to watch about 300...

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