October 21, 2019

Another beautiful morning off the coast of San Diego! The weather condition was perfect, with great visibility and placid waters! We headed to the west, then we decided to venture our way down south. As we searched and searched, we saw some really huge dorsal fins...

October 20, 2019

We enjoyed a swell day out on the Pacific! We got lucky and found two awesome pods of Short-beaked Common dolphins beyond the drop-off. The first pod was cruising to the NW along the drop-off. We observed some great acrobatics throughout our time with them. Many...

October 19, 2019

We rocked and rolled through a dolphin filled morning! Such quiet conditions on the afternoon trip made it seem like we packed all the dolphins off San Diego into the first trip of the day! Despite the bumpy conditions, the visibility and lack of wind made for a great...

October 18, 2019

We had an adventurous trip on the Privateer! We were rockin' and rollin' with the increased swell! We set out of the Mission bay jetties and found a small pod of ~5 Long-beaked Common dolphins that were likely feeding on some small schooling fish. We continued out to...

October 17, 2019

It was a beautiful day off the coast of San Diego. The sea conditions were a little rough but we managed to go out 13 miles southwest. We searched long and hard, near and far but we were't able to locate any marine mammals. During our tour we were in constant...

October 15, 2019

Another awesome trip in the books! We encountered the two species of Common dolphins on our morning trip today! We set out to the west, and at only 3-miles from shore, we found a huge pod of ~350 Long-beaked Common dolphins! They were cruising pretty quickly to the...

October 14, 2109

Cetacean Monday! Another fabulous trip aboard the Privateer!We started our trip heading out to the west when we got a report of dolphins about 6 miles from our location. Of course, we headed straight there as fast as we could. To our luck, we had a nice, active pod of...

October 12, 2019

What a whale of time our guest had this afternoon! We started our adventure heading to the west when we encountered a small pod of Pacific white sided dolphins! A migratory species we see here during the winter time. They were very interactive and curious of our...

Thursday, April 10th

As we exited Mission Bay the sun came out, as did 200+ playful common dolphins--we followed them north to the La Jolla Kelp beds and to a juvenile humpback whale and another 50 common dolphins. For most of the morning, we stayed out of the fog, and everyone enjoyed...

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April 2014

April 2014

Wednesday, April 9: No whales today, but our guests still had fun watching 50 common dolphins, sea lions, and pelicans feeding near the kelp beds on this morning's trip! Tuesday, April 8: While it can be a little sad to know that April marks the tail-end of our gray...

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March 2014

March 2014

Sunday, March 30: Mother nature showed us her fury today as we made our way out of the jetties for both of our three hour whale watching tours. We experienced quite a large swell on both morning and afternoon trips...BUT... We saw lots and lots of dolphins! All in...

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February 2014

February 2014

Wednesday, February 26: Storm not here yet--still calm, and quite a smorgasbord at sea: Day started with two north-bound adult gray whales; while we were watching these slow-moving animals, a mako shark jumped out of the water nearby, doing a near-perfect backflip!...

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January 2014

January 2014

Thursday, January 30:  Slower day today with four gray whales, and a sole Pacific White Sided Dolphin! Wednesday, January 29: Morning started with great views of four southbound gray whales, showing their flukes regularly. This was followed by one northbound gray...

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December 2013

December 2013

Tuesday, December 31: Last day of 2013 and we went out with a bang! First trip had close views of two gray whales including one that lifted its head up twice before diving! Second trip saw a group of EIGHT gray whales!! This is the most for the season so far. They...

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October 2013

Tuesday, October 1: October is here and this is one of the best times to be out on the water. We often have the best sea conditions in the fall and it's still warm out too. 5 more blue whales today with some VERY close encounters. One whale even swam under the bow of...

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September 2013

September 12: Terrific sighting of a blue whale this morning, with two more whales seen in the distance. Beautiful day on the water also included enjoying about 150 common dolphins frolicking near the Privateer. Friday, September 13: No bad luck for the Privateer on...

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August 2013

Wednesday, August 7: BLUE WHALE!!! Fantastic day to be out on the water. Calm seas, clear skies, clear blue waters, thousands of common dolphins, and a blue whale! The whale surprised us only 2 and-a-half miles from shore just as we were leaving a pod of dolphins! We...

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July 2013

Tuesday July 2: DOLPHINS DOLPHINS DOLPHINS! We've been amazed with the numbers of common dolphins off of our coastline in the past few weeks. We've seen several mega-pods and some days we can't go more than a mile or so without running into another pod! It's been...

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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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