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...

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...
July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019

La Jolla canyon had the goods this morning! We found ~100 Common Dolphins and one dozen California Sea Lions within a giant feeding frenzy of mammals and birds! The pod was scattered into multiple groups that each dialed in on condensing patches of bait. Just outside...

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July 29, 2019

July 29, 2019

Risso's, commons, bottlenose, oh my! We hit the dolphin jackpot today with a variety of toothed whales! On the morning trip, we caught up with a small pod of 7-8 Risso's Dolphins that exhibited boat-friendly behavior and court ship behaviors! They swam right beside us...

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July 28, 2019

July 28, 2019

Another beautiful day off the coast of San Diego! On the morning trip, we came across a pod of ~200 Common dolphins. They were extremely active and bow riding our vessel. Shortly after, we got a report of a Minke whale further out west! We went to investigate and had...

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July 27, 2019

July 27, 2019

Common Dolphins and Blue Whales, oh my! We found ~100 Long-Beaked Common Dolphins and ~40-50 Short-Beaked Common Dolphins this morning! While the long-beaked showed high interest in surfing along with us, the short-beaked were more eager to perform acrobatics! We...

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July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019

We’ve had some of the best Minke Whale encounters we’ve ever had the past couple of days! These notoriously shy whales have really warmed up to us and have been giving us some breathtaking encounters: swimming right beside us, circling us, and even bowriding like a...

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July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

We’ve had some of the best Minke Whale encounters we’ve ever had the past couple of days! These notoriously shy whales have really warmed up to us and have been giving us some breathtaking encounters: swimming right beside us, circling us, and even bowriding like a...

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July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

The baleen is BACK in San Diego and our favorite juvenile Humpback Whale, informally known as "Twitch", was seen paralleling the Point Loma coastline! To our surprise, he/she raised its tail in preparation for nearly every deep dive, a behavior we see very little from...

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July 21, 2019

July 21, 2019

Sunday Funday! Today was filled with unique sightings! On our first trip, we saw Bubbles, our famous Blue whale who blows bubbles as she goes into a deep dive. She popped up right next to us giving us a close encounter. As we headed towards Mission Bay, we were...

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July 20, 2019

July 20, 2019

Our day was filled with rarities! On each of our two trips today, we spotted a rare treat for San Diego whale watchers. On the morning trip, a BRYDE'S WHALE circled our boat, swam upside down and blew bubbles beside us in one of the best Bryde's encounters we have...

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July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

It was an amazing day on the water!! We had an epic encounter with a Blue whale that was super boat friendly! We sighted Common dolphins all day long, giving us a total of ~275 in all. We encountered a small pod of Risso's dolphins and a few Inshore Bottlenose...

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July 18, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019 We had an incredible day full of wildlife! We encountered hundreds of Common dolphins, a Blue whale, a Humpback whale and a Minke whale today! During the afternoon, we journeyed out to deeper water and found a long stretch of ~200 Common...

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July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019

We saw BLUE today! If you thought the Blue Whales were gone, think again! We spotted one Blue Whale and countless Common Dolphins throughout our morning trip. We were shocked to find a northbound traveling Blue Whale off the tip of Point Loma and followed it in its...

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