I had the pleasure of Lainie and Howard from Detroit, Michigan aboard this afternoon. Our first hour was spent navigating by radar through 5 miles of thick fog and covering some ground once we found the clearing. Then it happened, thousands of shearwaters, acres of common dolphins, numerous sea lions, and 2 humpback whales made for an unbelievable afternoon. These humpbacks put on a show for our Michigan couple, fluking 6 or 7 times. It was nothing short of jaw dropping to watch.
Our past few trips have been quite exciting! Gary and Sheila from Kentucky joined us for an afternoon Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour. Conditions were not ideal, but they were troopers and insisted we forge ahead – 3 blue whales, 1 humpback, and an awesome common dolphin pod ending made for some wet but thrilled clients. Our photographer Alex made this trip so I should have some good shots to post this coming week when she sorts through them all.
Numerous humpback whales, blue whales, and minke whales continue to amaze each day – pods of common dolphins and sea lions abound. We are unbelievably fortunate to be in Newport Beach, our dolphin and whale watching tours are centrally located amidst this super highway of mammal migrations.
This time of year we begin to also see more pelagic species heading into August through October, including swordfish, striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi (a truly amazing fish to see swimming with all of its radiant blues, greens, and yellows lit up), and yellowtail. These species are not our focus, but garnished with the dolphins and whales makes for an awe inspiring trip