Gray Whale Watching Season School Group Special – November thru April

2-Hour Whale Watching Cruises For Only $14 Per Person!

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It’s Gray Whale season at Dana Wharf! Since 1971, Dana Wharf has been offering the best in Dana Point Whale Watching. Dana Wharf is a family owned and operated business and the originator of whale watching in Orange County. Dana Wharf proudly takes over 25,000 children out whale watching every year! Join us for a two hour whale watching adventure during the Gray Whale season which runs from November through April. Known as a landmark for whale sightings, Dana Wharf’s tours offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife that you’ll never forget! The giant Gray Whales may spy hop, breach, or fluke. Enjoy the playful dolphins and sea lions too!

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Our Whale Watching trips are lead by expert captains as well as trained and certified naturalists with the American Cetacean Society of Orange County. In cooperation with ACS of Orange County, Dana Wharf will be offering pre-field trip presentations where we actually come to your students’ classrooms and give a talk about whales and dolphins! The pre-field trip program is based on availability and there is no extra charge, offered to Whale Watching groups of 100 or more only!

Take advantage of our School Field Trip Rate of $14 per person! This rate is for both students and chaperons!

This discount rate is valid on any whale watching trip Monday – Friday.

Contact Sheri L. Hockmeyer today with your preferred date and time! Trips depart from Dana Point from 10am, 12 Noon, and 2pm daily.

Ask Sheri when you book!

Sheri L. Hockmeyer
Director of Charter Sales
949-496-5794 x11 or charters@danawharfsportfishing.com

Don Hansen, Owner and Founder of Dana Wharf Whale Watching

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Don Hansen’s love for the Gray Whale inspired thousands to come to Dana Point each year for the annual migration, the longest migration of any living mammal on earth! Today his children continue the tradition of offering Whale Watching from our large comfortable boats.

Gray Whales

An excerpt from The Gray Whale Foundation

The gray whale is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of about 15.2 m (50 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (35 long tons; 40 short tons), and lives 50-70 years. The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin. Gray whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when hunted.

Gray-Whale

Description

The gray whale is a dark slate-gray in color and covered by characteristic gray-white patterns, scars left by parasites which drop off in its cold feeding grounds. Individual whales are typically identified using photographs of their dorsal surface and matching the scars and patches associated with parasites that have fallen off the whale or are still attached.

Populations

Two Pacific Ocean populations of Gray Whales are known to exist: one of not more than 130 individuals (according to the most recent population assessment in 2008) whose migratory route is presumed to be between the Sea of Okhotsk and southern Korea, and a larger one with a population between 20,000 and 22,000 individuals in the eastern Pacific traveling between the waters off Alaska and Baja California Sur.

Gray Whale Migration

Each October, as the northern ice pushes southward, small groups of eastern gray whales in the eastern Pacific start a two to three month, 8,000-11,000 kilometer (5,000-6,800 mi) trip south. Beginning in the Bering and Chukchi seas and ending in the warm-water lagoons of Mexico’s Baja peninsula and the southern Gulf of California, they travel along the west coast of Canada, the United States and Mexico. The western gray whale summers in the Okhotsk Sea, mainly off the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island (Russian Federation).

For information on Gray Whale Foundation & educational information, please click here.

Captain Todd Mansur

Lead Naturalist and School Coordinator – Captain Todd Mansur

In 1992 Captain Todd became Dana Wharf Whale Watching’s lead naturalist and conducts all of the pre-excursion in-classroom education for Orange County’s schools. This is also a major role for Todd as a Board Member of the Gray Whale Foundation.

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Whale Watching Trips

Daily 2 Hour Whale Watching Trips

Cost: Adults – $45; Kids – $25

Special Seasonal Evening 2 Hour Whale Watching Trips

Cost: $25

Half Price Tuesdays – All Trips

Cost: $22.50

Purchase Tickets Online Here
To Purchase By Phone, Please Call Our Ticketing Company At (888) 224-0603

Whale Sightings Log

Whale Sightings in the 2013/2014 Season (Nov 2013- Current):

1180 Gray Whales, 5 Humpback, 64 Fin Whales, 19 Minke Whales, 80+ False Killer Whales, 105 Blue Whales,
6 Humpback Whales, 35 Pilot Whales

Whale Sightings last season 2012/2013 (May-Nov):

492 Gray Whales,750 Blue Whales, 21 Humpback Whales, 32 Fin Whales, 49 Minke Whales, 11 Killer Whales

Our sightings log is updated every Monday! Please note that there is NO better time for seeing whales or dolphin as they both move 24 hours/day!

Date
Sightings
10-12-142 Fin Whales & Common Dolphin
10-11-14Common Dolphin
10-10-14Flying Fish, Risso's & Common Dolphin
10-09-141 Minke, Risso's & Common Dolphin
10-08-1411 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
10-07-14Common Dolphin
10-06-14100+ Sperm Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
10-05-146 Humpbacks & Common Dolphin
10-04-141 Minke, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
10-03-148 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
10-02-144 Humpback, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
10-01-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
9-30-141 Blue Whale & Common Dolphin
9-29-143 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphins
9-28-141 Humpback Whale, Risso's & Common Dolphin
9-27-14Common Dolphin
9-26-142 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
9-25-143 Humpback, 2 Minke Whales & Common Dolphin
9-24-143 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
9-23-14Common Dolphins
9-22-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
9-21-143 Blues, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
9-20-142 Blues, 2 Minke Whales & Common
9-19-141 Blue Whale & Common Dolphin
9-18-143 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-17-147 Blue Whales
9-16-145 Blue, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
9-15-147 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
9-14-142 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-13-141 Blue, 1 Fin Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
9-12-143 Blues, 1 Fin Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
9-11-144 Blues, 3 Humpback Whales, & 1 Elephant Seal
9-10-146 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-9-141 Humpback Whale & Common Dolphins
9-8-141 Blue, 1 Humpback, 1 Minke Whale, & Common Dolphins
9-7-141 Blue, 1 Humpback, 1 Minke Whale, & Common Dolphins
9-6-148 Blue, 1 Minke,
1 Humpback Whale, Mola Mola, 1 Hammerhead Shark & Common Dolphin
9-5-144 Blue, 1 Humpback Whale & Common Dolphin
9-4-1410 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-3-141 Blue, 1 Entangled Gray Whale & Bottlenose Dolphin
9-2-145 Blues, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
9-1-145 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-31-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-30-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-29-1410 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-28-1411 Blue Whales & Bottlenose Dolphin
8-27-141 Blue Whale, Large Swells Day
8-26-143 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-25-144 Blues, 2 Fin Whales & Common Dolphin
8-24-143 Blue & 3 Fin Whales & "By the wind sailers"
8-23-144 Blues, 1 Humpback Whale, Bottlenose, "By the wind sailers" & Common Dolphin
8-22-14Common Dolphin & "By the wind sailers"
8-21-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
8-20-148 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-19-145 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-18-142 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-17-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-16-1422 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-15-1418 Blue Whales
8-14-1416 Blue Whales
8-13-148 Blues, 3 Minke Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-12-142 Blue Whales & Pod of Common Dolphin
8-11-143 Blue Whales, 2 Hammerheads, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-10-144 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-9-141 Blue Whale & Common Dolphin
8-8-141 Blue Whale, 1 Minke & Common Dolphin
8-7-14Common Dolphin
8-6-142 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-5-142 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-4-144 Blue Whales, 1 Great White Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-3-147 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-2-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-1-145 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-31-1410 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-30-147 Blues, 1 Pilot Whale, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
7-29-144 Blue, 1 Minke, 8 Humpbacks (Cow/Calf), Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-28-144 Blue Whales & Bottlenose Dolphin
7-27-1411 Blue, 10 Minke, 4 Humpback Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-26-144 Blue, 4 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
7-25-144 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-24-144 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-23-144 Blue, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark & Common Dolphin
7-22-141 Blue, 1 Bryde's, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
7-21-144 Blue, 2 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
7-20-144 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale, Risso's Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-19-141 Blue, 1 Fin Whale, Risso's, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-18-1417 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-17-146 Blue, 4 Fin Whales & Common Dolphin
7-16-142 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-15-144 Blue, 5 Pilot Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-14-1412 Blue Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark, 1 Great White Shark, 1 Mola Mola & Common Dolphin
7-13-145 Blue Whales & 1 Hammerhead Shark
7-12-143 Blue Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark, Elephant Seals, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-11-144 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-10-1410 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-9-144 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-8-147 Blue Whales, Bottlnose & Common Dolphin
7-7-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-6-143 Blue Whales, Bottlenose and Mega Pod of Common dolphin
7-5-141 Gray Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-4-141 Mola Mola, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-3-14Bottlenose & a Mega Pod of Common Dolphin
7-2-141 Hammerhead Shark & Common Dolphin
7-1-145 Fin Whales, Bottlnose & Common Dolphin
6-30-14Mega Pod of Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
6-29-142 Blue Whales
6-28-142 Blue Whales, 1 Gray Whale, & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-27-14Mega Pod of Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, 1 Mola Mola, 1 Great White Shark
6-26-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-25-14Common Dolphin
6-24-142 Humpback Whales, Mega Pod of Common Dolphin
6-23-144 Blue Whales, Elephant Seal, & Common Dolphin
6-22-141 Minke Whale, Mega Pod Common Dolphins
6-21-14Common & BOttlenose Dolphin
6-20-143 Minkes & Common Dolphin
6-19-14Common Dolphin
6-18-14Common Dolphin
6-17-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-16-14Common Dolphin
6-15-14Common Dolphin
6-14-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-13-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-12-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-11-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-10-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-9-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-8-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-7-1430 Pilot Whale, 1 Minke Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
6-6-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
6-5-14Common Dolphin
6-4-142 Minke Whales & 2 Fin Whales
6-3-147 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, & Bottlenose Dolphins
6-2-14No Sightings
6-1-143 Blue Whales (1Calf) & Common Dolphin
5-31-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-30-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-29-14Common Dolphin
5-28-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-27-14Common Dolphin
5-26-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-25-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
5-24-141 Blue & Common Dolphin
5-23-142 Gray (1 Calf) & 1 Fin Whale
5-22-144 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
5-21-144 Gray (2 Calf) & Common Dolphin
5-20-14Common Dolphin
5-19-142 Gray (1 Calf) Whales & Common Dolphins
5-18-146 Gray, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
5-17-142 Gray Whales (1 Calf)
5-16-144 Gray & 4 Minke Whales
5-15-143 Gray & 2 Fin Whales
5-14-146 Gray Whales, Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
5-13-144 Gray Whales & Common Dolphin
5-12-1414 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
5-11-141 Gray Whale & Common Dolphins
5-10-1410 Gray Whales (3 Calf) & Common
5-9-142 Gray, 2 Humpback Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
5-8-142 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
5-7-14Common Dolphin
5-6-14Common Dolphin
5-5-1435 Gray, 1 Blue Whales & Common Dolphins
5-4-148 Gray Whales, (3 Calf) & Common Dolphins
5-3-1418 Gray Whales (7 Calf) & Common
5-2-148 Gray (2 Calf) 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
5-1-144 Gray (2 Calf), 3 Blue Whales & Common Dolphins,
First Blue Whale Sighting!
4-30-145 Gray Whales, (2 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-29-143 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-28-1410 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-27-1413 Gray Whales, (3 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-26-14No trips, due to bad weather
4-25-143 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-24-1412 Gray (3 Calf), 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
4-23-149 Gray Whales, (2 Calf)
4-22-146 Gray Whales (2 Calf), Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
4-21-1418 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
4-20-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
4-19-146 Gray Whales (3 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-18-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
4-17-145 Gray Whales (2 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-16-142 Gray, 1 Minke Whales & Common Dolphins
4-15-144 Gray Whales (1 Calf), Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
4-14-148 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-13-142 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-12-145 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-11-145 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
4-10-1412 Gray Whales (2 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-9-145 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-8-145 Gray (1 Calf) Whales, 1 Fin Whale & Common Dolphins
4-7-145 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-6-144 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins + 3 Balloons
4-5-146 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-4-1411 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
4-3-143 Gray Whales, 1 Fin & Common Dolphins
4-2-14No trips, Due to bad weather
4-1-143 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-31-1413 Gray Whales (1 Calf), Bottlenose, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-30-145 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
3-29-1410 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-28-1412 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-27-14Common Dolphins
3-26-143 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-25-146 Gray Whales, 30+ False Killer Whales & Common Dolphins
3-24-145 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-23-1410 Gray Whales, 1 Great White Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-22-1422 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-21-1416 Gray Whales & Whitesided Dolphins
3-20-148 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-19-146 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-18-1410 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-17-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-16-1420 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-15-1431 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-14-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-13-1412 Gray Whales & False Killer Whales
3-12-143 Gray Whales, 50+ False Killer Whales & Whitesided Dolphins
3-11-146 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-10-143 Gray, 2 Minke Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-9-1430 Gray, 2 Fin Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-8-1418 Gray Whales, Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-7-148 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Bottlenose Dolphins
3-6-1416 Gray Whales (2 SB) & Common Dolphins
3-5-147 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-4-147 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-3-148 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-2-1419 Gray Whales (1 NB), Offshore & Common Dolphins
3-1-1416 Gray Whales NB & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-28-14No trips due to weather
2-27-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-26-142 Fin Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-25-143 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-24-141 Gray Whale, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-23-1413 Gray Whales (3 NB), Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-22-146 Gray Whales (2 NB), Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-21-146 Gray Whales (4 NB) & Common Dolphins
2-20-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-19-141 Gray, 2 Minke Whales, Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-18-146 Gray Whales, Sealions, Bottlenose, Whitesided, Common Dolphins
2-17-143 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-16-1410 Gray Whales, Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-15-1413 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-14-144 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-13-1413 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-12-142 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-11-147 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-10-145 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-9-1422 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-8-1418 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-7-149 Gray Whales, Offshore, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-6-146 Gray Whales
2-5-144 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-4-149 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-3-145 Gray Whales
2-2-148 Gray Whales (1 NB)
2-1-148 Gray Whales, Mega pod & Common Dolphin
1-31-1415 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-30-1412 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-29-144 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-28-1411 Gray Whales
1-27-142 Fin Whales (Cow & Calf), 12 Gray, Common & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-26-149 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins. 8hr Catalina trip we spotted:8 Grays, 1 Fin, 1 Minke, 1 Mako Shark, 1 Blue Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-25-1410 Gray & 1 Fin Whale
1-24-142 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-23-144 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
1-22-145 Gray Whales, Offshore & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-21-147 Gray Whales & Whitesided Dolphins
1-20-143 Gray Whales (2 NB) & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-19-146 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-18-149 Gray Whales, 3 Calf, 2 Fin Whales & Common Dolphins
1-17-142 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
1-16-14Bottlenose Dolphins
1-15-147 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-14-147 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-13-145 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
1-12-147 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-11-1415 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-10-143 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-9-149 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-8-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-7-1412 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
1-6-1416 Gray Whales, 1 Calf, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-5-149 Gray Whales, 1 Calf & Common Dolphins
1-4-1410 Gray Whales, Offshore Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-3-143 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-2-142 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-1-145 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins