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2021-2022 Winter Whale Watching Report

Date Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise Notes
3/31/22 1 Gray Whale We did not spot any whales or dolphins this morning, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying their time out on the water or even enjoying the rocking of the boat. A group of 50 high school students from Utah were in attendance and made the best out of the day where they could. It was lovely to see them all enjoy themselves and just spending time out at sea.
For many, this was their first whale watching excursion. They were delighted to encounter a juvenile gray whale a few miles off Point Loma. The whale seemed in no hurry, came up to breathe at regular, 5-minute intervals , sometimes fluking and meandering north. Another sight was the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier coming into port.
3/30/22 1 Blue Whale
Dolphins:
75 Common
2 Fin Whales
Dolphins:
350 Common
We spotted a blue whale about a mile off of Point Loma. This was our first blue whale sighting of the season, and we were even able to watch the whale fluke! We also spotted about 75 Common Dolphins.
Today was an amazing, sunny day on the ocean. We spotted two Fin Whales that were milling about in the same area and were able to spend an hour or so watching them swim around and under the boat. We also saw around 300 common (long-beaked) dolphins on the trip out and 50 more on the way back in to the bay.
3/20/22 1 Gray whale
1 Bottlenose dolphin
Even with semi-rough waters today, we were rewarded with a gray whale sighting. One southbound juvenile that spouted and fluked a few times. We also had a Bottlenose dolphin porpoising alongside the boat for the passengers to enjoy!
3/19/22 1 Gray whale
Dolphins:
10 Bottlenose
500 Common
It was a great morning on the water! On way out of the bay, we saw ~10 Bottlenose dolphins and sea lions. Early in the trip, we got some great views of one adult gray whale. We also spotted 500 feeding Common dolphins and passengers got to see 2 Mola Molas (‘sun fish’).
3/14/22 3 Gray whales
Dolphins:
50 Common
5 Bottlenose
3/13/22 3 Gray whales
8 Bottlenose dolphins
No sightings to report… Terrible weather conditions The morning was nice! We saw 3 gray whales at 9 mile bank.  The whales exhibited possible courtship behaviors, swimming close to each other on their sides and rolling exposing their bellies at the surface.The Bottlenose dolphins were observed at 9 mile bank and as we entered the Bay. One of the 3 Mola Molas observed was large, approximately 5-6 feet across.
3/12/22 4 Gray whales
Dolphins:
30 Common
20 Bottlenose
9 Gray whales
12 Common dolphins
3/11/22 5 Gray whales
Dolphins:
2000 Common
25 Pacific White-sided
5 Gray whales
3 Common dolphins
We went out 11 miles and found a pod of 5 adult gray whales that were displaying breeding behaviors; including zig-zagging and rolling.There were two pods of dolphins: a small one of about 25 Pacific White-sided dolphins and a very large Common dolphin pod stretching from horizon to horizon as far as the eye could see.
3/10/22 3 Gray whales
Dolphins:
300 Common
3 Bottlenose
3/9/22 Dolphins:
50 Common
20 Pacific White-sided
3/8/22 1 Fin whale
1 Bryde's whale
1200 Short-beaked common dolphins
5 Gray whales
Dolphins:
2 Pacific White-sided
6 Bottlenose
Morning Cruise
We had a spectacular morning out on the water! The seas were calm with no wind.Our first encounter was with a "small" pod of common dolphins that surrounded the ship and rode the ship's bow, pressure wave. Then heading out to the nine-mile bank we encountered a large pod of the same Common dolphins (presumably short-beaked), numbering approximately 1,000! The water was churning with dolphins and our guests were delighted.

Afternoon Cruise
Out near the bank we finally hooked up with a whale that happened to surface right alongside the ship. The naturalist’s identified this as a rare sighting of a Bryde's whale.  Our second sighting was a much larger Fin whale.  We had a brief look at the Fin whale before we had to return to the Bay.Truly a wonderful experience.
3/3/22 3 Gray whales 4 Gray whales
Dolphins:

50 Common
6 Bottlenose
Morning Cruise
We had a lovely, albeit windy morning. We briefly saw one gray whale as we exited the bay. We then headed north just outside the kelp beds and came across two elusive adult Gray whales. They would take 3 to 4 breaths and then make 7-10 minute sounding dives. We did get to see some beautiful flukes as they dove down.

Afternoon Cruise
We journeyed out to the 9 Mile Bank area to search for northbound Gray whales. Captain Rick found a pair of whales traveling together and then two other adults joined the group for a total of four. The whales stayed very close to the boat and were hanging out just under the surface; giving us a great view and made for easy spotting.

The whales eventually began heading northbound slowly but gave us lots of wonderful blows, some flukes and a great look at their barnacles as they came up for air. Passengers also got a treat - seeing 2 Mola Molas!
2/27/22 2 Gray whales
1 Minke whale
250 Common dolphins
Captain Rick and Captain Roy took the vessel out looking for whales under clear skies and calm seas. Just south of Point Loma National Monument, the captains found our 1st whale: a young gray whale lazing about and not moving in either direction. This small whale has become a regular at the Bay entrance, being seen daily the last couple of weeks.

After another whale’s blow was seen off in the distance to the south, the captain began the search for more whales and moved south-west towards the Nine Mile Bank. Here we saw over 250 Common Dolphins - that played in the boat’s wake and jumped to the guest's delight. A quick sighting of a Minke whale was another highlight of the cruise! As we returned to the Bay, we stopped at the bait dock to view the Sea Lions.
2/27/22 5 Gray whales
Dolphins:
2 Pacific White-sided
1 Common
We saw 5 grays today, all super close to the boat. We could clearly see the blowholes and had some amazing views of the whales ‘fluking’. One adult snorkeled alongside us for more than 25 minutes, and was so close to the surface that we could easily track him/her under the water. We also saw a calf heading north with its mom, along with an ‘escort’ whale. On the way back to harbor, a few dolphins (Common and Pacific White-sided) surfed in the ship’s wake. It was a gorgeous, sunny day.
2/26/22 6 Gray whales
150 common dolphins
5 Gray whales

Dolphins:
10 Pacific White-sided
5 Bottlenose
Morning Cruise
The water was nice and calm. We encountered a single juvenile gray whale right away. We then came upon a group of 4 Gray whales. On the way back we found a pod of about 150 Common dolphins and then ended with the young gray whale that’s been staying in the area near the kelp beds on the way back to the harbor.

Afternoon Cruise
It was a little chillier and windier on the afternoon trip but the weather was still very nice and the water relatively calm. We began the trip by watching the juvenile Gray whale at the kelp beds. We then encountered a single whale and followed it for a bit. After searching for a bit, we found a pair of gray whales. Another gray whale was nearby and we observed it as well before turning back to the harbor. On the way back we encountered a small pod of Pacific White-sided dolphins and we lucked out on seeing a few Bottlenose dolphins inside the Bay.
2/25/22 1800 Common dolphins It was a beautiful but chilly morning on the water. We headed straight for the nine mile bank and encountered a pod of about 300 common dolphins on the way there. Once at the nine mile bank we cruised around searching for whales and encountered a large pod of Common dolphins which we stayed with for awhile because it was fun and passengers were delighted!
2/24/22 8 Gray whales
300 Common dolphins
Captain Eric headed out to the 9 mile bank where we spotted 3 Gray whales, and then found 5 more whales; who seemed to join together to form a traveling group of 8. We also came upon a mega pod of about 300 Common dolphins on a feeding frenzy. It was a beautiful sunny day on the water with clear visibility.
2/21/22 2 Humpback Whales
2 Gray Whales
Dolphins:
10 Bottlenose
300 Long-beaked Common
Even with some storm swells beginning and cool windy conditions, the whale watching was incredible this afternoon. Our first sighting was a pod of bottlenose dolphins right before we left the bay. Some of the dolphins briefly rode the bow of the boat. We even spotted a mother-calf pair!

After heading west to 9-mile Bank, we encountered a large group of long-beaked common dolphins, which seemed to rush to the boat from all directions to bow ride. Then, as we were trying to get a closer look at a gray whale, we were pleasantly surprised to suddenly see flipper slapping at the surface from a pair of Humpback Whales close by! Wow! The lighting conditions were magical—perfectly highlighting the whales and their pectoral flippers. The humpback whales continued to alternate flipper slapping with surfacing and then fluking. At one point both whales were flipper slapping at the same time. These were the first humpback whales of the season for us.

As we turned around to head back, we enjoyed one last look at the humpbacks and a gray whale surfaced close by the pair. What spectacular day!
2/21/22 6 Gray Whales Although the day began with clouds, wind and a few scattered showers, the gray whale viewing was fantastic this morning! Once we left San Diego Bay, we spotted a subadult gray whale milling around near the kelp beds off Point Loma. We watched this whale as it surfaced a few times, then headed west to search for more. Soon Captain Dave spotted gray whale blows in the distance! What originally seemed like two whales, turned into a group of five gray whale adults traveling north. We were lucky enough to see flukes a few times. One whale even breached, a behavior we don’t see very often. The whales seemed to be a courtship group with chasing behavior, surfacing together and even some rolling on their sides. With the lighting, the turquoise coloration of the whales underwater stood out and we were able to watch this group for nearly an hour with many nice, close views.
2/20/22 6 Gray whales
Dolphins:
50 Common
50 Pacific White-sided
4 Gray whales
Dolphins:
12 Pacific White-sided
40 Common
Morning Cruise
The conditions were calm and temperate. The marine layer burned off by 10:00, providing sunny & warm conditions. There were guests from across the United States, including Arizona, Texas, Ohio, and New York. We also had international visitors from Italy and the UK.

We observed 6 northbound gray whales, and a mixed pod of about 100 Common and Pacific White-sided dolphins. There were also multiple sightings of bait fish and a jelly fish. Two of the whales were a mother & baby traveling along the kelp line. The highlight of the trip was a delightful ~30 minutes observing 2 gray whales snorkeling just below the surface.

Afternoon Cruise
Today was a beautiful day to be on the water looking for whales and dolphins! Captain Rick ‘delivered’ 4 Gray whales. Passengers got great views. Later, we had~12 Pacific White-sided dolphins and ~ 40 Common dolphins.
2/19/22 6 Gray whales
2 Common dolphins
We were treated to a beautiful sunny morning with excellent visibility and fairly calm seas. Our trip got off to a great start as we were alerted to the presence of a north-bound juvenile gray whale shortly after we cleared the entrance to San Diego Bay. This whale spent considerable time swimming around the immediate area, making close approaches to several boats, including ours! At one point, the whale appeared to be playing with a piece of kelp, pushing it around as it swam.

After spending some quality time with the playful juvenile, we headed south and soon spotted several adult south-bound grays. In all we observed five adults as we motored all the way to the Mexican border. One of the adults treated us to the rare sight of a breach as these animals continued to make their way south to their wintering grounds in Baja California. All in all, it was a thrilling morning on the ocean.
2/18/22 6 Gray Whales

Dolphins:
10 Pacific White-sided
100 Common
7 Gray Whales
Dolphins:
7 Pacific White-sided
7 Common
7 Bottlenose
Morning Cruise
Another amazing day. Calm water, sunny...
As we came out of the Bay, the Captain found 3 Gray whales traveling southbound. These whales showed off their beautiful flukes several times and then the ship changed direction to search for other wildlife. Another 3 whales were sighted; including a mom/calf pair!

10 Pacific White-sided dolphins graced us with their joyful presence. There was a school group of ~50 students; their enthusiasm seeing the dolphins made the atmosphere on board even more amazing. Later we encountered another great performance from about 100 Common dolphins.

Afternoon Cruise
At was a lovely afternoon for whale-watching, a bit windy at first but then the wind abated and it felt like a summer day. Captain Rick kept us in the vicinity of gray whales for most of the cruise. We spotted and traveled with 7 gray whales in all, one juvenile and six adults. We’re starting to see whales on their northbound migration!

Several encounters were close enough to see the mottled gray coloring due to barnacles on their skin. We also enjoyed Pacific white-sided dolphins riding our bow and California sea lions swimming under the ship. A flock of shearwaters were seen, as well as Double-crested cormorants, Brown pelicans and Western gulls. Common dolphins rode our bow for quite some time as we returned to San Diego Bay. It was a great ending to a magical day on the vessel aptly named Adventure.
2/17/22 2 Gray Whales
Dolphins:
25 Pacific White-sided
25 Common
2 Off-shore Bottlenose
It was a beautiful day on the water today as we cruised with guests from throughout the USA, including an Arizona couple on their honeymoon who had never been whale watching. We encountered two Off-shore Bottlenose dolphins and a total of approximately 25 Pacific White-sided dolphins and about 25 Common dolphins. We were heading back towards Point Loma when we spotted 2 Gray whales. The guests were thrilled to see and hear the blows, as well as multiple tail flukes. We ended the cruise with a visit to the bait dock to view sea lions.
2/14/22 4 Gray whales
250 Common dolphins
We had beautiful skies and calm seas today for our morning cruise.
Once we left the harbor, the captain found a group of 3 southbound Gray whales; spending about 30 minutes as we watched them doing synchronized flukes
every 3-4 minutes.
Another gray whale was seen during the cruise; along with a pod of ~ 300 Common dolphins.
Guests were treated with a special sighting…. The USS Carl Vinson (carrying US Naval Service Men & Women) arriving back to its’ San Diego home port after a 8 month deployment. An even extra special treat was a fly-over by the Navy’s Blue Angels flight squadron!
2/13/22 5 Gray whales
150 Common dolphins
A beautiful, summer like day on the Pacific Ocean. Captain Chad found some Gray whales early on that provided the guests with great sightings of flukes & heart shaped blows. There were 3 Southbound Gray whales traveling together. Later on, we came upon 2 more gray whales. After a few diving sequences, it was time to head back to port. As we were approaching San Diego Bay, we were blessed with a sighting of ~ 150 Common dolphins.
2/12/22 1 Minke whale
6 Bottlenose dolphins
It was a warm and sunny day on the water. We spent most of the morning cruising around searching for whales. We headed north about halfway through and happened upon a single Minke whale that was exhibiting pretty consistent diving but was zig-zagging around in the water around the boat. We watched few dive cycles and then headed back to the Bay. On the way into the bay, we saw two small pods of Inshore Bottlenose dolphins, one at the entrance to the bay and one inside. There were a few military ships on the water (including one destroyer and one Nimitz class carrier).
2/11/22 2 Gray Whales
Dolphins: 2 Bottlenose
100 Commons
The ocean was extremely calm and the skies were clear. We saw a couple of bottlenose dolphins soon after leaving the San Diego Bay. We headed north and found 2 adult gray whales. We stayed with them on their southbound route for quite awhile, seeing lots of spouts and flukes. We broke off from the whales to see the Common dolphins. Many dolphins were swimming close to the boat and playing in the bow wake. We caught up with the same pair of gray whales for another look before they entered Mexican waters. We saw more Common dolphins on our way back into the bay. It was a fantastic day on the ocean!
2/10/22 2 Gray Whales
100+ Common Dolphins
It was a gorgeous, sunny and calm day for this morning’s cruise. We were lucky to encounter a large pod of about 100+ Common dolphins that interacted with the boat for about 15-20 minutes. The pod was full of young/juvenile dolphins and the guests were treated to many leaps out of the water and (boat) bow riding, even by the very littlest members of the pod!

The whales were a little shy today, but we did encounter one adult gray whale that gave us some blows out at sea and then, as we entered the bay, a juvenile gray whale was sighted. It went right under the boat and several guests got a good look at it.
2/06/22 3 Gray whales
Dolphins:
15-20 Pacific White-Sided
400 Common
1 Bottlenose
It was a beautiful calm day on the water with great visibility that went on for miles.
We cruised north to see a pair of southbound Gray whales that were diving a bit irregularly but we observed some fluking from them. We then traveled a bit further north where we encountered a pod of ~350 common dolphins before encountering another whale shortly before turning back to the harbor. While on the way back, we passed and briefly observed a small pod of Pacific White-sided dolphins. One non-mammal highlight was seeing a brown footed booby (bird) flying near the ship. Once inside the bay, we spotted one of the Navy’s Bottlenose dolphins.
2/05/22 2 Gray whales
Dolphins:
200 Common
2 Bottlenose
6 Gray whales The morning cruise was met with perfectly sunny skies and calm waters. As we exited the harbor we were greeted by a pod of Common dolphins and birds trying to get their share of the fish below the surface. For the remainder of the cruise we were able to encounter 2 Gray whales along with a couple of whales out in the distance. The afternoon cruise continued on with a beautiful sunny San Diego day. Many passengers joined the cruise as a part of their traveling plans to San Diego and were lucky enough to witness 6 Gray whales on their southbound migration. These whales displayed lots of synchronized behavior and fluking, which allowed passengers to see more of these stunning giants.
1/30/22 3 Gray Whales
1 of them a Juvenile
Beautiful day with calm water. The sky was clear and the Coronado Islands were completely visible. We had about 50 passengers. We saw a total of three Gray Whales; one of them was a juvenile, and the other pair traveled together. We observed the Gray Whales snorkeling and fluking several times. We also saw sea lions, brown pelicans, egrets and cormorants chilling on the dock. Grateful for another sunny day at sea.
1/29/22 Wonderful day out on the ocean: little wind, calm seas, and great visibility under a cloud-dappled sky.
Capt. Rick took the vessel north - as far as Mission Beach - to join a small group of boats following 3 whales. The south-bound whale group included two adults and one juvenile. The shy juvenile stayed near the surface most of the time, and the boat was able to idle very close for great viewing as the adults fluked and showed their tails. After more than 30 minutes, the captain took the boat South, towards Point Loma, and found another adult+juvenile whale group with an independent whale tagging along but changing direction frequently. Some dolphins were seen in the distance and many sea lions were found lounging on the bait dock. Overall, a great day for encountering marine mammals!
1/28/22 We found a cow/calf pair approximately six miles from the light house at Point Loma and one mile from shore. The calf was very wrinkly and stayed on mom’s back most of the time. We also saw a southbound juvenile whale near Coronado Bay, and three pods with an approximate total of 800 common dolphin three miles from shore.

At the beginning of our trip we received word there was possibly a juvenile in the San Diego Bay near the submarine station. We did not see it until we returned to the bay. It was rolling, spyhopping, and reverse spyhopping near Ballast Point while a small fishing boat with two fisherman watched.
1/27/22 10 White Sided Dolphin
5 Gray Whales
1 Juvenile Gray Whales
We started out trip heading south then turned north and encountered a group of three whales, which we stayed with for a while then followed a group of two whales. Both groups provided the passengers with great photo ops of flukes. We also saw about 10 white sided dolphin throughout the morning. Our trip back to the the bay was topped of with a sighting of a juvenile gray whale.

The group on the boat was a mix of tourists and a special group of 20 wounded warriors.
1/22/22 150 Common Dolphins
5 Gray Whales
2 Juvenile Gray Whales
Sea Lions
Gorgeous day with glassy water. The sky was clear and the Coronado Islands were completely visible. We saw sea lions on buoys, lots of happy common dolphins, brown pelicans, a Parasitic Jaeger, and Gray Whales breaching from afar. The Gray Whales that were in closer distance showed off their flukes and were snorkeling based on the fluke prints we observed. Most of the blows were in perfect heart shapes. At one point, we saw a Gray Whale mama with her baby. There was a debate on the boat regarding if it was a juvenile or calf. Regardless, it was another fantastic cruise with incredible wildlife!
1/21/22 25 Common Dolphins
11 Gray Whales
6 Bottlenose Dolphins
1 White Sided Dolphin
I have to tell you that this was one of the very best days I have ever had on the water, including the four years with Birch. We saw a very conservative estimate of 11 whales. At the same time, close to the boat, we had a group of five on the port side and a group of four on the starboard side…and there were multiple spouts all around in the distance. We had an adult whale breach five times right behind the boat with all the guests cheering and clapping every time. There was also a juvenile that breached three times today. Calm seas and a light breeze the whole time. Just one white sided dolphin, but 25+ commons and even six bottlenose to greet us in the harbor on the way in.
1/17/22 1 Gray Whales
1 Sea Lion
Dolphins
We had a great cruise this morning. Dave was our captain. We saw only sea lions until we got north, but then lots of dolphins, birds, sea lions feeding plus one whale. We followed the blows back to the mouth of the bay where we saw another whale who gave us a great goodbye tail fluke. It was a beautiful day and happy excited passengers.
1/16/22 4 Gray Whales We spotted our first spouts of the 4 gray whales we would see on this cruise relatively soon after departing San Diego Bay and turning West. Two pairs each, separated by a few miles, heading in a predictable southwesterly direction toward Baja. The second of these pairs we encountered off the coast of Pacific Beach. The only other marine mammal life we encountered were Sea Lions. No dolphins sighted on this morning.
1/14/22 11 Gray Whales
100+ Common Dolphins
1 Bottle Nose Dolphin
We had a spectacular day out on the water this morning!
The water was calm and glassy and we saw some amazing behavior!
The first group of three we encountered did three breaches for us and exhibited lots of mating and courtship behavior.
We also encountered two groups of four who were showing some courtship and lots of blows and flukes!
We also saw a few hundred common dolphins (following very closely and watching the whales courting!) and one bottle nose! All in all a very cool day to be out on the water!
1/09/22 Bottlenose Dolphin
2 Gray Whales
5 Gray Whales
Sea Lions
Morning Cruise
Today was a beautiful and sunny day out on the water for the morning cruise. We were first greeted by a Bottlenose Dolphin in the harbor and not long after leaving the harbor we encountered two Gray Whales. These Gray Whales showed off their flukes as they dived down! Among the passengers were a good handful of people who had never seen a whale before and among the volunteers a first Gray Whale sighting. Overall a great experience for everyone onboard.

Afternoon Cruise
On the afternoon cruise we had a beautiful clear day with nice calm water. We encountered 5 total gray whales on the trip and saw many blows in the distance. We found three whales shortly after leaving the harbor and we stayed with one individual and observed it’s blows. We then moved north and found a pair and observed synchronized flukes and blows from them. We didn’t see any dolphins but found a few sea lions on the way back to the dock.
1/07/22 2 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sea Lions
1 Pregnant Gray Whale
3 Juvenile Gray Whales
7 Gray Whales
Common Dolphins
Sea Lions
Morning Cruise
Beautiful day, calm water. What a great whale seeing day. Almost the entire time there was something to watch.

Right after the harbor- two Bottlenose dolphins, sea lions.Shortly after that a big Gray whale (more of light skin) - we thought maybe a pregnant female. Shortly after that two adult Gray whales. They were maybe disturbed by a small boat because they changed the direction of swimming and Captain Rick decided to go further Nord. What a beautiful performance there. 3 juvenile Gray whales synchronized flukes every 5-6 minutes. One breaching. We observed them for more than a half an hour On the way back we saw two even smaller flukes several times. Everybody on board was really pleased.

Afternoon Cruise
On the afternoon cruise today we saw 7 gray whales in two clusters — one a trio and one a quad — A bit unusual to see 3 or 4 grays traveling so close together and blowing and fluking together. The first trio seemed to have more barnacles and potentially older; second group was mostly all gray with minimal barnacles so maybe less trips down to Baja.

We were treated to multiple fluke displays including a 1-2-3 by the trio and even a synchronized pair by the quad. The quad group was quite close to boat and able to really appreciate their size and scale.

Minimal other sea life although we did see a few common dolphins on approach back into harbor and of course the fun sea lions at the bait docks.

1/06/22 6 Gray Whales
Mola Mola
- It was a beautiful day out on the water with approximately 70 people on board, including many families visiting from out of state. The sun was shining, the seas were small and the wind was calm. We saw a total of 6 gray whales traveling southbound. Three of the whales were adults and three were juveniles. A couple of the whales surfaced right next to the boat so everyone on board had fantastic views of them. We also saw a mola mola near the end of the trip. A great day on the water!
1/03/22 3 Gray Whales
10 Common Dolphins
- We had a beautiful day, sunny and clear with calm seas. We had visitors from Arizona, Utah, the San Francisco area, and some locals too. We saw three Gray Whales heading south. One must have had her timer on because she was so predictable, four blows and a fluke on a four-minute cycle. Ten Common Dolphins came by to say hello.
1/02/22 10 Gray Whales
Common Dolphins
- We lucked out and experienced a beautiful, sunny day today with calm seas. Within 15 minutes of leaving the harbor the captain sighted our first gray whale blow. After following this single whale for quite awhile, Captain Eric turned the Adventurer north in search of more gray whales. At this time some folks observed a small pod of common dolphins amidst a group of plunge-diving seabirds.

It wasn't long until the captain brought us close to two different pairs of gray whales with plenty of fluking and in one case snorkeling behavior. At times we were so close as to hear the magnificent exhalation and visualize clearly the heart-shaped blow. This was one of the highlights of our trip.

Although we were seeing mostly adult gray whales, many SDNHM whalers stated a belief that at least one of these whales was a juvenile due to smaller flukes and fewer patches of barnacles.

After searching the coastline off of Point Loma, our captain turned south again where we were lucky enough to locate and approach a group of five gray whales, swimming side by side, blowing in quick succession and fluking or at least showing their knuckles as they took their longer dives. By this time of afternoon, the sun was getting lower on the horizon and the glare on the water was intense.

Captain Eric asked us to bid adieu to this grand finale in order to steam back to the harbor. A dolphin was spotted by some folks, while others simply enjoyed warming up inside and relaxing as we steamed thru the calm waters of the harbor to our dock.

When asked, everyone stated they had a grand time including the children. Our passengers included parties from as far away as Brazil and Canada and many other states including Michigan, Minnesota and Florida. It was a spirited cruise on a most comfortable vessel!

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