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Category: Whale Watch Report

Summertime Whale Watching

We began our Summer Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching season with sunny skies, calm seas, and a sampling of baleen whales. Each cruise was filled with thousands of playful dolphins, mostly Common Dolphins, but also Pacific Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins. At times, the dolphins surrounded the Adventure Hornblower as they leapt nearby and rode the bow and stern wakes of the boat. The highlights of the cruises, were cameo appearances by…

Winter Whale Watching Season Summary

We wrapped-up an amazing Whale & Dolphin watching season on Sunday. Along with migrating Gray Whales throughout the season, we finished with a record number of Humpback Whale sightings in March and Fin Whale sightings in April! Our season totals of baleen whales were 633 Gray Whales, 165 Humpback Whales, 59 Fin Whales, 1 Blue Whale and 2 Minke Whales. We also enjoyed encounters with tens of thousands of Dolphins,…

Finding Fin Whales

We found our first Fin Whales of the season last week. Also called Finback Whales, fin whales are the second largest whale in the world — reaching lengths of 85 feet (26 meters) or the length of two school buses parked end to end. Like other baleen whales, females grow larger than males. Fin Whales can be identified in the field by their prominent, falcate (curved-back) dorsal fin and their…

Blue Whale Watching Season is about to Begin!

HORNBLOWER’S BLUE WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURES GIVE PASSENGERS THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME Starting June 30th, Whale Watching Tours Depart Friday to Monday at 9am From Downtown San Diego San Diego, California (June 1, 2017) – Starting June 30th, Hornblower Cruises & Events will once again offer Blue Whale Watching to San Diego visitors and residents. Blue Whale watching is an epic experience of getting up close and personal with some…

Mom Tested: Whale Watching

Mom Tested: Whale watching Is a whale watching adventure with children all it’s cracked up to be? Whale watching is one of San Diego’s more popular winter activities. Every year, as the mammals make their way south to Baja, they can be easily spotted just a few miles off the coast. And with so many companies offering tours, you can really get up close to the whales and other sea…

Gray Whale Baby Season

[caption id="attachment_1310" align="aligncenter" width="520"] A gray whale mother (left) swims with her newborn calf (right).[/caption] One of the highlights of the gray whale migration is watching mothers tend to their tiny, newborn calves as they travel south. We spotted our first cow-calf pair on January 7 and have seen a couple other pairs during the week. As of January 13,  The American Cetacean Society's Gray Whale Census has reported 8 newborn calves…