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!
The last week has been nothing short of amazing, setting unprecedented numbers of humpback whales in the waters off of Orange County, CA. Since Friday, we have encountered over 50 humpback whales, with 3 trips seeing double digit whale counts of 10-18 in an area. East Meets West Excursions found a megapod of 15+ humpback whales (one boat we called into the action counted 18) 8 miles offshore of Newport Beach last Friday. It was absolutely incredible!
Quite the variety of sightings off Orange County while focused on our humpback whales we have also seen our first couple gray whales of the season, minke whales, and a fin whale. Humpback whales should continue to show as water temperatures and food concentrations are ideal. Dolphins have been phenomenal! And we are seeing the first pods of pacific white sided dolphins! Along with risso’s dolphins, bottlenoe dolphins, and thousands of common dolphins (both short and long beaked). Come on out Whale Watching with us in Newport Beach!
Found a new area with a lot of life and good signs to keep the humpback whales fat and happy. A few different locations have humpbacks feasting on anchovies. And our dolphin scene has seen quite a spectacular variety of long and short beaked common dolphins, inshore and offshore bottlenose dolphins, risso’s dolphins and even the first few pacific white sided dolphins we begin to see as the waters cool off.