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...

November 3, 2019

CALLING ALL WHALE WATCHERS! Now is the time to get on a boat! We have increased chances of seeing Humpbacks as they migrate South and today was our fifth day in a row of sighting them! Read more about our encounter:Super Cetacean Sunday is here again! Boy did we find...

November 1, 2019

The first of the month brought us one of the MOST memorable sightings of the YEAR! As usual, the San Diego coastline had epic conditions for whale watching this morning. We ventured down to the south in hopes of encountering both toothed and baleen whales. It didn't...

Thursday, April 17th

Gray day---and we did see a cow/calf pair of gray whales--also about 400 common dolphins, and a Mola Mola (ocean sunfish - a little different view in photo). Supposed to start warming up over the next few days--so come on out and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Ocean!

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Monday, April 14th

Lots of sunshine today! We were able to see a humpback this morning...possibly the same one that we have been seeing the past few days. It decided to turn toward the Privateer as we shut the motors off and got some close views. We saw about 10-15 inshore bottlenose on...

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Sunday, April 13th

Day of the humpback! We saw a humpback whale on both the morning and afternoon trips displaying foraging behavior. We also saw about 700 common dolphins between both trips! To top it off, the sunset cruise was extremely fortunate to see about 20 bottlenose dolphins...

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Saturday, April 12th

This morning's trip got to spend time with more than 1,000 common dolphins and two very close (and large) ocean sunfish. In the afternoon, we got to see an impressive nine gray whales make their way to their arctic feeding grounds, including three calves born just...

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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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