Hornblower Whale Watching Report - July 22-25, 2016

The lastest Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale & Dolphin Sighting Report

July 27, 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 25th, 2016
300+ common dolphins, no baleen whales

While viewing conditions were good today-- the seas were calm and overcast-- the large baleen whales eluded us again today. We did spot a herd of about 300 common dolphins today, which are always fun to watch. Common dolphins are aptly named, since we see them nearly every whale watch trip. They are found in warm temperate to tropical waters in oceans worldwide . This beautiful dolphin has an hourglass pattern on each side that dips to a "V" below the dorsal fin. These active dolphins often socialize in loose herds of 50+ to sometimes several thousand or more individuals.


July 24th, 2016
200+ common dolphins, no baleen whales, lots of terns and cormorants

Today we were treated to warm, sunny, and fairly calm conditions. Bird life was fairly abundant today. Just after leaving San Diego Bay, we noticed 50+ terns (mostly Caspian and royal terns, also some elegant and Forster's terns) flying by, several terns were carrying small fish in their bills. While we spotted 100+ common dolphins outside of the Bay on both the trip out and back, we did not see any baleen whales today. Captain Chad did spot a blow in the distance and tried to get us closer for a look, that whale eluded us.


July 23rd, 2016
500+ common dolphins, no baleen whales

Heavy fog rolled in at the beginning of the cruise making visibility low. We did encounter a herd of 500+ common dolphins, which were enjoyed by all, but did not see any large whales today.


July 22nd, 2016
1 blue whale, 300+ common dolphins

We started with a thick fog bank rolling in all the way out to 9-Mile Bank. The fog lifted to a beautiful, sunny day and we immediately spotted 300 common dolphins giving a great display. Captain Jules also found a blue whale, which all enjoyed watching. The blue whale was close enough to see the entire outline of the whale. We could even see the blue's brilliant turquoise blue color just beneath the deep blue water. Overall, an awesome day for passengers from Israel, China, Scotland and many of the U.S. States to enjoy!


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