Hornblower Whale Watching Report - August 12-15, 2016

The lastest Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale & Dolphin Sighting Report

August 16, 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.


August 15th, 2016
300+ common dolphins, 2 hammerhead sharks

While we couldn't find any baleen whales today, we did see a lot of other marine life during our whale watch trip. We had two fantastic sightings of hammerhead sharks. We also saw lots of different species of seabirds including a couple of brown boobies and a large flock of storm petrels. Guests also enjoyed two large and playful pods of common dolphins displaying lots of activity out of the water.Overall, another great morning on the Pacific!


August 14th, 2016
300+ common dolphins

Calm seas and beautiful sunshine, with folks from around the world. A pod more than 250 common dolphins with several calves played with boat and brought smiles to everyone.


August 13th, 2016
1 humpback whale, 1 hammerhead shark

Another beautiful day on the water! Captain Jules found the same humpback whale we watched yesterday, which showed us some nice tail slaps and one far away breach. Everyone was able to get some great looks at the humpback. Right before we left a hammerhead shark showed up, While hammerheads are typically found a little farther south than San Diego, we have been seeing them fairly often this summer, probably as a result of the warmer waters from to the current El Niño Southern Oscillation event in the Eastern Pacific.


August 12th, 2016
1 humpback whale, 500+ common dolphins

It was a near perfect day for whale watching on Friday, August 12th. There were some clouds to keep it a little cooler, very good visibility and calm seas. About six miles we encountered a humpback whale feeding on fish. It stayed on the surface quite a bit and did shallow dives with nice tail flukes displayed. It also was turning in the water a lot, probably as it was chasing fish. While we were watching the humpback, a large pod of common dolphins (500+) joined in the feeding. There was lots of leaping all around the boat. As we left the area, we were treated to close up views of the dolphins riding our bow wave. We had several expert birders on board who pointed out some of the birds who were also feeding on the fish. These included elegant and royal terns, Brandt's cormorants and black-vented and sooty shearwaters. There were many happy faces back at the dock after an amazing day in the Pacific Ocean!


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