Hornblower Whale Watching Report - September 2-5, 2016

The lastest Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale & Dolphin Sighting Report

September 6, 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.



September 3rd, 2016
300+ common dolphins

Our last day on the water for the blue whale season! As hard as Captain Jules tried, we couldn't find any large whales! Our small group of passengers were delighted with 300 common dolphins with many calves. The ocean was mostly calm and the sun finally came out as we were coming back in. The many kids onboard enjoyed making origami whales and whale tracings.


September 2nd, 2016
200+ common dolphins, Risso's dolphins, 1 mola mola

We began our cruise with calm seas and partly cloudy skies that later cleared to a beautiful sunny day. While baleen whales eluded us today, guests enjoyed watching about 200 common dolphins and 30 Risso's dolphins- a larger dolphin species that reaches 10 to 12 foot (3-3.8 meter) lengths. Adult Risso's dolphins are typically gray with white scars covering much of their body, especially the head region. This scarring is from a combination of rake marks (scratches from the teeth of other Risso's during dominance interactions), bites from squid (their main prey) or circular bite marks from cookie cutter shark parasites. Since we don't often see Risso's dolphins, it is always a treat to watch this unusual species!


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