ORCAS in Orange County!

ORCAS in Orange County!

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A pod of 10-12 Biggs transient orcas (killer whales), CA216s and CA51s, traveled up our coast and graced us with their powerful apex presence! The week prior they were recorded in Monterey, and the day before we saw them off Newport Beach they were sighted in San Diego. Very rare and absolutely life changing encounter with these beautiful orcas!

Sightings aboard East Meets West Excursions have also included multiple giant blue whales upwards of 80′ long, humpback whales, minke whales, offshore bottlenose dolphin in pods up to 80 individuals, 3 encounters with rare risso’s dolphins just in the past week, and thousands of long and short beaked common dolphins. Fall is in full swing and we look forward to more incredible encounters!

Epic Rare Encounters!

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Humpback whales including a rare mother and calf pair and our local favorite performing some unexpected and massive surface stunts, numerous minke whales mugging the boat, rare squid eating Risso’s dolphins in a pod of 50, both long and short beaked common dolphins doing aerial performances, and proposing sea lions following suit. Come on out and experience the ocean like never before – natural, up close, and amazing!

September Heats Up!

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September is heating up with excellent conditions and some fantastic sightings of blue whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and both long and short beaked common dolphins with some megapods of over 500. Being a much faster boat with 3x the range of other boats has given us a huge advantage the last 2 weeks as most of the productive areas have been 6-12 miles from Newport Harbor. Conditions offshore show promising with well defined temperature breaks in optimal areas holding massive amounts of anchovies for the minke and humpback whales to stay around. Even seeing signs of krill for the blue whales and fin whales. Come on out dolphin and whale watching!

Labor Day Weekend Whale Love!

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Giant blue whales, curious minke whales, huge humpback whales, inshore and offshore bottlenose dolphins, thousands of common dolphins, a sea turtle, and even 2 different shark species – mako and hammerhead!

Cornucopia of Encounters!

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Please forgive my lack of updates not due to lack of sightings. It’s summertime and we have been running non stop and have been enjoying a true cornucopia of encounters with whales, dolphins, sharks, and more. Over the last 3 weeks, we have seen more megapods (over 500) and superpods (over 1000) of both long beaked and short beaked common dolphins than we have all year. It’s been phenomenal! Whales have included numerous minke whales, setting a record for us seeing 6 minkes in one trip yesterday, a few blue whales, humpback whales, and quite a few encounters with the local rare sei whale. Even saw a swordfish this weekend!

Sweet Summer Sightings galore!

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Fun and exciting encounters this past week with 4 different whale species and all kinds of dolphins. Our humpback whales, blue whales, minke whales, and an occasional fin whale continue to thrill all friends and families aboard East Meets West Excursions. Dolphins have also been stealing the show with fantastic interactive pods of common dolphins and offshore bottlenose dolphins (including the famous Patches). Looking forward to what the rest of July has in store as more and more blue whales and humpback whales should frequent our waters off Newport Beach.

Humpback Whale-a-palooza!

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We are having a phenomenal summer whale watching on all of our trips! Lots of humpback whale sightings daily, including some unbelievable breaches and tail throws. We are also seeing more and more giant blue whales travel through our waters. Encounters have also included hundreds of common dolphins, offshore bottlenose dolphins with the famous Patches in the mix, mola molas, harbor seals, sea lions, and tons of sea birds. Perfect time to bring the family or grab your friends to come out Whale Watching with East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach. It is only going to get better!

Giant blue whales, humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales!

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Please forgive my lateness keeping current sightings current. We have been super busy running our whale watching trips and they have been epic! Giant blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and thousands of dolphins. Great variety and signs that we are in for an exceptional summer with the blue whales and humpback whales.
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First BLUE Whales of the season!

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Very exciting time on East Meets West Whale Watching! We have encountered our first blue whales of the season beginning last Saturday afternoon. Still a couple late leaving gray whales coming up the line, and foraging fin and humpback whales offshore. Blue whales are the largest creatures to ever exist. Their size and variegated blues are gorgeous to see. And our common dolphins have been phenomenal, bowriding and showing off for all onboard!

Lots of Mother and Calf Gray Whales!

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We are still seeing a lot of cow/calf gray whales on our whale watching trips aboard East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach. We have had some of the best sightings all gray whale season over the last 2 weeks as the mothers and babies migrate north very close to the beach often breaking to go into the surf/kelp line. Also in the mix has been the occasional humpback or fin whale as well as acrobatic common dolphins and playful bottlenose dolphins. Should start to see more humpback whales, fin whales, and blue whales in the next month!