Hornblower Whale Watching Report - July 15-18, 2016

The lastest Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale & Dolphin Sighting Report

July 21, 2016

The Blue Whale is the largest animal that has ever lived. Bigger even than the largest dinosaur. And their migration is going on now! Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale Watching Adventures depart daily Friday - Monday.

July 18th, 2016
1 blue whale, 500+ common dolphins

What a perfect day! Blue skies, sunny, calm seas and lots of marine animal activity. First we watched the ever-present California sea lions resting on the buoys. Out on the ocean, we came across a large group of common dolphins feeding before Captain Jules spotted blows on the horizon. Could it be a blue whale? As the boat went closer, we could verify that, yes, it was a blue whale -- the largest mammal on earth! We remained at a safe distance while watching the blue whale breathe at the surface, dive under, come back up, and show us its flukes! When it was time to return to dock, we passed by two more pods of Common Dolphins who swam close to the boat, jumping, diving, and clearly visible under the clear Pacific waters.


July 17th, 2016
1 blue whale, 100+ common dolphins

It was another gorgeous day in San Diego on the Hornblower Whale watching boat. Captain Chad spotted a blue whale about 10 + miles out. Afterwards on our way back we encountered nice mega pod of common Dolphins on a feeding frenzy. Some of the dolphins were leaping into the air and traveling on the surface, a very exciting thing to see!


July 16th, 2016
2 blue whales, 50 common dolphins

Today we had plenty of sunshine and flat seas — perfect conditions for the captain to find us two blue whales. Guests also enjoyed an encounter with more than 50 common dolphins.


July 15th, 2016
500+ common dolphins, no baleen whales, tuna, terns

While we didn't find any baleen whales today, guests still had an amazing experience! We spotted five huge balls of tightly packed bait fish with tuna leaping out of the water and feeding on the bait fish. At the same time, 50 to 70 terns dove down to catch the fish. We also saw 500 common dolphins that were riding the wake of the boat! It was a beautiful day on the water!


July 11th, 2016
500+ common dolphins, no baleen whales

Another calm and sunny day! While guests enjoyed watching a herd of more than 500 common dolphins, no baleen whales were spotted today.


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