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...

June 2013

June 1 Saturday, June 1: June gloom didn't keep us from having a spectacular day. The morning trip went on a long ride with only a few bottlenose dolphins, but our motto is that it's never over until we're at the dock. It proved worthwhile to keep searching because we...

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May 2013

May 2 Lots of common dolphins and a few inshore bottlenose the past couple of days. Must be a little gap in the gray whale migration because we know more should still be on their way through here. beautiful sunny skies makes for an excellent time to be on the water!...

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April 2013

April 4 Fantastic day today! Morning trip saw one very user-friendly northbound gray whale that rolled around with common dolphins. Afternoon trip also saw dolphins feeding on anchovy. Headed further offshore and were rewarded with two amazing humpbacks! They were...

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March 2013

March 1 Morning trip had several playful pods of common dolphins. We found a southbound gray whale, but it managed to elude us. The afternoon trip also saw many common dolphins and one large, beautiful fin whale!! Great time to be out on the calm Pacific. March 2 Both...

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February 2013

February 2nd 4 gray whales, 50 common dolphins, 40 Pacific white-sided dolphins, and 2 inshore bottlenose dolphins. February 3 What superbowl? No point in watching tv when there are whales to be seen! Today's totals were 9 gray whales, 120 common dolphins, 30 Pacific...

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Privateer Returns – 9/8/12

The Privateer is officially back in business!! Today we had our first trips since April aboard the big blue boat and beautiful weather to take us out to sea. No baleen whales, but the dolphins delighted us as always. The morning trip saw about 1200 common dolphins and...

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Breaching Fin Whale – 7-30-12

Yes, you read that right - a FIN whale BREACHED! It did it 3 times from about a mile away, so we didn't get any photos, but it was without a doubt a fin whale! We found it because we saw a humpback whale also breaching and when looking through binoculars we saw the...

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Killer Whale Returns – 7/24/12

More epic whale encounters on the Eclipse through Pacific Nature Tours the past couple of days! We have seen over 80 blues, 3 fins, 1 humpback (viewed both days), and "Mel" the killer whale again today!! Plus all 3 other species of dolphins! A lot of these sightings...

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Killer Whale – 6/23/12

MOST INCREDIBLE MOMENT FOR SAN DIEGO WHALE WATCH!!!! Today's afternoon trip was treated to an extremely rare sighting of a KILLER WHALE! this was a first for many (including naturalist Melissa....and she cried). It was a lone male, but was ironically hanging out with...

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Blue Whales are Back – 6/16/12

The blue whales of summer have returned! Well, maybe we should knock on wood to make sure we don't jinx ourselves! But today we saw 2 gorgeous blue whales...one for each trip. The morning trip got some incredibly close views of a whale headed Southwest. The afternoon...

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