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2020-2021 Winter Whale Watching Report

DateMorning CruiseAfternoon CruiseNotes
1/9/21-9 Gray Whales
20 Pacific Whiteside Dolphins
The 9 Gray Whales we saw were a pod of 4 and 2 followed by 3 single sitings - all close enough to hear the whales breathing! Everyone onboard also observed some great tail flukes as the whales dove down as well as additional spouts in the area!
1/2/211 Gray Whale
15 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
-We saw our first Pacific White-Sided Dolphins of 2021 today, as well as a Gray Whale.
1/1/21-2 Gray WhalesToday we had cool, light winds - perfect for a refreshing day on the bay.
12/31/201 Gray Whale-We saw one adult gray whale today which gave us very good views and tail flukes despite large seas and rough conditions.
12/30/20-4 Gray Whales - 2 JuvenileWe had great views of the whales right next to the boat and ended the trip with a double tail fluke from the adult pair.


Learn More about San Diego Whale Watching

  • Last Saturday, Hornblower Cruises & Events in San Diego began a new season of whalewatching cruises! So far we’ve spotted the first migrating Eastern Pacific Gray Whales off the coast of San Diego. Most of the grays are traveling south to the Calving Lagoons in Baja California, Mexico. One young Gray Whale seemed to be turned around and headed north, which is very unusual for this time of year. The…
  • Splash Sale! For a limited time, Hornblower’s Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruise Tickets are only $30 per person for Monday  through Friday cruises (a savings of $15 per person)! Call (619) 686-8715 to reserve. Our Whale Watching Season featuring migrating Gray Whales lasts through April 19, 2020.  Must purchase a specific cruise date with this offer. Offer not valid with any other discounts. Must book by Jan 31, 2020.   See…
  • Orca alert! Last Saturday, our Captain, Whalers(naturalists) from the San Diego Natural History Museum, and on board guests were thrilled to spot three Killer Whales (orcas) off the San Diego coast during our Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise. Orcas are rarely seen off of Southern California. This is the first time we’ve seen killer whales since January of 2017. The trio of whales included two adult females and an adult…
  • 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,…
  • 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…