November 15, 2019

Happy Friday Feeding Frenzy! What a spectacular adventure we had this morning!We ventured out to the west and found a small pod of Pacific white sided dolphins, a migratory species we see her in the winter time! As we headed further out, we spotted a beautiful...

Thursday, 11/14/19

What a cool trip today! The weather was perfect and the ocean conditions were mellow. We came out of mission bay and first spotted a number of bait balls with diving brown pelicans which told us there was food around. As we approached the drop off we had dolphins...

November 12, 2019

THREE more Humpback Whales were spotted off San Diego this morning! The ocean was full of life and food was clearly plentiful. We observed flocks of shearwaters hovering above an active pod of ~12 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and half a dozen California Sea Lions. All...

November 10, 2019

Holy Humpbacks! We spotted FIVE different Humpback Whales this morning and every one of them was traveling south. Two pairs and one single individual were seen throughout the trip. Sandwiched between humpback sightings were TWO different species of toothed whale!...

November 9, 2019

We had a wonderful day full of wildlife! We set out to 8-miles from Mission Bay to find a single Humpback whale. It was seen traveling in many different directions, but we got to see it surface right beside us a few times. We observed its mighty spout, back, and big...

November 8, 2019

BREACHING Friday! Although we had a pretty thick marine layer all morning into the afternoon, it didn't hinder us from having one of the most thrilling experiences aboard the Privateer!We were alerted on the radio as we were a few miles from the coast, there was a...

Thursday, 11/7/19

Unfortunately it was just one of those days today. The conditions were great, but the animals were just not there. We got skunked! The good news for our passengers, though, is that everyone received a free re-ride voucher so that they can come back and try again for...

November 5, 2019

We traveled 13-miles out to find an amazing sighting of a curious juvenile Humpback whale, and ~200 Long-beaked Common dolphins! The whale went under the boat several times and we could see its distinctive white pectoral flippers spread out beside it. The white...

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Monday May 19th

We traveled very far today in search of whales and dolphins and while the big whales seemed to be taking the day off, we did see two species of dolphins on this morning's trip. We were lucky enough to see a stampede of roughly 500 common dolphins and on the way back...

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Sunday May 18th

In the morning we were lucky enough to see a few inshore bottlenose dolphins as we cleared the jetties and got fantastic looks at a mother gray whale with her calf as they migrated north to Arctic waters. In the afternoon we had one of those very rare trips during...

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Saturday, May 17th

Dolphins took over today! The morning trip saw 600 tightly-grouped common dolphins feeding near the boat. In the afternoon we got to watch two different species - 8 inshore bottlenose dolphins near the kelp forest and 200 common dolphins farther out to sea. No big...

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Friday, May 16th

What a beautiful day on the Pacific: Sunny skies, crystal-clear water, whales, and dolphins! All our guests left with huge smiles on their faces after seeing four northbound gray whales (two moms and two calves) and roughly 1,000 common dolphins. Conditions couldn't...

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Thursday, May 15th

Awesome trip on the Privateer this morning….over 1,000 common dolphins, a gray whale mom eating krill, with her calf checking us out, and a sea turtle with lots of barnacles. Got great looks at millions of krill, and guests got to see it up close and personal as...

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Tuesday May 13th

Our guests stayed nice and cool today amidst this San Diego heat wave and got to see whales and dolphins to boot! In the morning we found more than 1,000 common dolphins, including the smallest baby bow-rider our crew has ever seen! In the afternoon we were fortunate...

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Monday May 12th

The large baleen whales eluded us, but we had visits from two different species of dolphins today and gorgeous weather conditions. First we met three playful inshore bottlenose dolphins before even leaving Mission Bay, then we got extended looks at a group of roughly...

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Saturday, May 10th

Another fabulous day out on the ocean! This morning we had lots and lots of common dolphins all around the boat, and our afternoon trip we were able to see three northbound gray whales. We keep waiting for our blue whales to show up. It could be any day now!

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Friday, May 9th

WOW! 14 gray whales today! Over 2,000 common dolphins! What a crazy day out there! It seems that there might be one last push from the gray whales on their northern migration. We had a few weeks with only minimal sightings, but today was definitely different! See you...

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Thursday, May 8th

A breaching juvenile gray whale right outside the Mission Bay Channel started today's cruise with a bang! The young whale breached six times! Heading further out, we came across a pod of 250 common dolphins, they thrilled guests with high jumps, tail slapping, and...

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Sunday, May 4th

Lots of whales today! We ended up with eight gray whales in total for the day! 2 on the morning trip, and 6 for our afternoon tour. We also saw about 400 common dolphins this morning. Above average seas made it a challenge, but we managed to make a great day of it!

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