Hornblower Whale Watching Report - August 26-29, 2016

The lastest Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale & Dolphin Sighting Report

August 30, 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 29th, 2016
300+ common dolphins, 2 hammerhead sharks

We traveled almost 20 miles out of the Bay today searching for whales. While we didn't find any large whales, guests enjoyed watching several large pods of common dolphins. We also spotted two hammerhead sharks. Another beautiful day on the water!


August 28th, 2016
1 humpback whale, 200+ common dolphin, 1 mola mola

We began our whale watching cruise with calm seas and somewhat overcast skies. Captain Chad spotted a mola mola (ocean sunfish) and we enjoyed watching a humpback whale that repetitively fluked and seemed intent on feeding. In addition, a couple hundred common dolphins joined us for a while riding the bow of the ship. A perfect way to start the day!


August 27th, 2016
300+ common dolphins

It was an overcast day, not too hot - not too cold. We saw spotted jellyfish before we left the dock and on the way out of the harbor and numerous sea lions resting on the channel markers. Once we were out in the ocean, we came across over 300 Common Dolphins in several different pods throughout the day. The dolphins were very active, jumping out of the water and surfing the boat wake. Unfortunately, we did not see any whales. Still, it was a beautiful and relaxing day on the water!


August 26th, 2016
2 minke whales, 500+ common dolphins, 1 blue shark

Another great day with some unusual sightings in addition to the always enjoyable common dolphins. We spotted 2 minke whales, and one of the minkes remained near the Adventure Hornblower giving guests a great look at this normally shy whale species. We also encountered a blue shark, which many of the guests and even the docents did not know existed. Blue sharks are a pelagic (open ocean) species in temperate (cool) and tropical waters worldwide. They are named for the gorgeous deep blue color of the dorsal (top) part of their bodies that extends into white below. Blue sharks usually grow to a a maximum of 10 to 12 feet (3-3.8 meter) lengths. These long, sleek hunters feed on a variety of squid, cuttlefishes, octopuses, fishes,, shrimp and crabs. They are listed as a near-threatened species due to population declines mostly from bycatch (accidental catch in nets set for other species).


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