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The Return of Patches the Famous Dolphin

Yesterday, admist another incredible day of Whale and Dolphin Watching, we spotted Patches, the most famous, offshore Bottlenose Dolphin on the West Coast! Patches is a  rare, black-and-white piebald dolphin. His unique coloration is called leucism and results from a partial loss of pigmentation that causes Patches to have white, patchy colorations on his skin. Patches  is usually seen frolicking with other offshore Bottlenose Dolphins and always thrills the guests,…

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…

Blue Whale Watching in San Diego

Book Your Whale Watching Tour BLUE WHALE  Balaenoptera musculus The blue whale a rorqual, a family that also includes the humpback whale, fin whale, Bryde’s whale, sei whale, Omura’s whale, and minke whale. On land an animal the size of a blue whale would be crushed by its own weight without the support of large heavy bones. Because its body is supported by water,  the need for heavy bones  disappeared. This, plus…

Watching Blue Whales with Hornblower Cruises in San Diego

In the past few weeks, Blue Whales have been regularly spotted of the coast of San Diego. Soon, Hornblower Cruises & Events will offer Whale Watching cruises that head out to sea in search of Blues and other baleen whales. Our summer whale watching cruises begin June 28 and run from Fridays to Mondays through Labor Day. Why are Blue Whales so exciting to watch? These giants are the largest…

Baleen Whales in San Diego

Hornblower's Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruises highlight baleen whales in San Diego, especially Gray Whales and Blue Whales, which seasonally travel along the San Diego coastline. This page features Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin whales that are also commonly spotted during these whale watch cruises. All whales are cetaceans— a group of marine mammal that includes all dolphins, porpoises, and whales. Cetaceans have a single or double blowhole (nostril/s) on…

Watching The Whale Watchers Watch Whales

The last day of June was the first day of Hornblower Cruises & Events blue whale watching season in San Diego and what a spectacular start to the season. Like a Broadway show on opening night, it was a star-studded marine cast who put on a stellar display. In fact, watching the enthusiastic crowd onboard Adventure Hornblower was almost as entertaining. As we sailed out of San Diego Bay towards…

San Diego Whale Watching Partnership

Still thriving after ten successful years, Janet Morris of the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) and Rebecca Milkey of Hornblower Cruises & Events (HCE) developed a naturalist program partnership so that whaling enthusiasts can come aboard to experience and learn about the marine life off the shores of San Diego. On each of the Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale Watching Cruises, passengers are treated to a team of naturalist…

Heading North

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been seeing more and more Gray Whales traveling north along San Diego’s coast. Juveniles and adult females (without calves), and adult males are migrating about 5,000 to 6,000 miles to the productive feeding grounds in sub-arctic and arctic waters. Females with calves remain in the calving lagoons in Baja California, Mexico until March or April to let their calves build up enough strength for…

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