Whales: Good signs of more blue whales beginning to move through our waters off Newport Beach, a sprinkling of minke whales feasting on schools of anchovies, and perfect conditions for humpback whales to call home.
Dolphins: Trifecta of common dolphins (long and short beaked pods of 100+ individuals), offshore and coastal bottlenose dolphins, and even our rarely seen risso’s dolphins have been making an appearance throughout July.
June is shaping up nicely with quite the variety of whale sightings aboard East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach – Humpback whales, Blue whales, Fin whales and Minke whales! Blue whales and humpback whales continue to be our focus. Large volume of anchovies have brought in humpback whales and lots of dolphins with pods of 500+ being common. Blue whales have been traveling a lot and one area has been holding a few blues and a fin whale foraging on krill. I think we will be seeing more humpback whales with the strong sign of anchovy spread all over, as well as more giant blue whales. Our local humpback whale has been making its rounds and loves to throw in some spectacular surface behaviors. Even seeing breaching minke whales the past 2 days. Lots of fun!
Our blue whale season aboard East Meets West Excursions is officially underway and off to an early start. Large concentrations of krill has brought numerous blue whales into our area off Newport Beach. Blue whales are the largest creature ever to exist! They can grow over 100’ long and weigh 150 tons! The key element for lots of blue whales is krill. They exclusively feed on this small shrimp like crustacean. It has been a great week of blue whale sightings and we are hoping the volume of krill increases as more blue whales move in. We have also seen the occasional fin whale and gray whale but our focus has been on these giant blue whales.
Photo of fin whale with our boat in the background credited to Craig DeWitt of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari, thank you Craig!
It’s that time of year when the mother and baby gray whales (cow/calf pairs) leave the breeding lagoons and begin their 6000 mile trek north. It is an exciting time because they travel very close to the coast and are known to break from their migration and play in the surf line. Numerous pairs this past week have angled in and out on shows in less than 10’ of water – rolling, bubble blasting, and spyhopping. Good signs offshore of krill, red crab, and some anchovies moving in. Blue whales and humpback whales should be starting to appear with more regularity as we enter into May. Dolphins have included amazing pods of commons, bottlenose and white sides.
As we enter April, our gray whale migration begins seeing a transition from pods of adult whales to more and more mother and baby (cow/calf) pairs. Quite a few giant fin whales moving around 3-6 miles off the beach both above and below our harbor. Dolphins have been a fun variety of coastal bottlenose, pacific white sided, and commons. Come on out to see the cow/calf gray whales make their way back to Alaska – a very fun and often shallow encounter as these whales love to play in the surf and kelp!
Our northbound gray whale migration is in prime time! Lots and lots of gray whales, many days seeing 15-25 gray whales combined aboard East Meets West Excursions. Now is the time to get in on this coastal and picturesque whale watch. Even a few fin whales and the occasional humpback whale in the mix. Dolphins have included inshore bottlenose, pacific white sided and commons with the occasional mega and superpod over 1000+.
Ahoy! Gray whale migration is in full swing! Lots of gray whales make their annual trek between Alaska and Baja. The migration just had a turn last week when we began seeing more northbound whales than southbound. Most of the whales we are seeing have been to the breeding grounds and are now heading back to their feeding grounds. Some amazing pods of 3 and 4 full grown adults are swimming through the area – the best whale pods we’ve had so far this season. And it should only get better through March and April. Even seeing a few fin whales throughout the week. The dolphin Front has seen a very nice variety of excellent pods of pacific white sided dolphins and coastal bottlenose dolphins. Even had a superpod of 1000+ common dolphins Sunday morning that stampeded and left everyone in awe!
Whale watching keeps getting better in Newport Beach! It’s amazing how many giant fin whales are in our area, with many trips aboard East Meets West Excursions encountering multiple fin whales up close. If you’ve ever wanted to see the second largest of all whales, now is the time! We are also seeing gray whales and even a humpback whale. Dolphins have been a nice mix of coastal bottlenose dolphins, pacific white sided dolphins, and common dolphins. Weather looks great all week long – come join us on the water!
Gray whale migration is underway! We are in the heart of the southbound migratory route as the gray whales are coming from their feeding grounds in Alaska and heading to the breeding lagoons off San Ignacio. Often a very picturesque trip as gray whales love to travel close to the beach with our beautiful coastal landscape to enjoy. We have been enjoying some fin whales a little further offshore where krill concentrations have bulked up and kept the 2nd largest of all the whales fat and happy. Dolphins of multiple varieties continue to wow and amaze all our passengers with spectacular pods of both pacific white sided dolphins close to the beach and phenomenal pods of common dolphins in the deeper water. The next few months are known for great numbers of gray whales as it should only get better and better through April into May.
December still has our focus on humpback whales in the Newport Beach area. These humpbacks are devouring anchovies and water temps are still ideal to keep them around. Not enough gray whales coming down the beaches to divert attention from the humpbacks offshore but we did see a pair of southbound gray whales taking an outside route yesterday. Dolphins have been diverse and abundant. East Meets West Excursions has regularly been seeing massive pods of common dolphins (even a superpod over 2000+), offshore bottlenose dolphins doing their acrobatic stunts, and beautiful pacific white sided dolphins. Come on out dolphin and whale watching with us! Great activity over the holidays to do with friends and family!