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.
Excellent week Dolphin and Whale Watching aboard East Meets West Excursions. Very good sign of multiple humpback whales foraging on concentrations of anchovies. Even a few minke whales. Water temperatures and volume of food for these whales are perfect. Our common dolphins have been phenomenal along with the occasional pod of bottlenose dolphins and risso’s dolphins. Encounters with these mammmals have been exciting; come on out!
Great signs of things to come as more and more humpback whales enter our waters off of Orange County to feed on the massive volume of anchovies. We are not just seeing our local favorites but beginning to see more and more new humpback whales in a few locations along the coast. Some super exciting surface stunts have been enjoyed by all onboard East Meets West Excursions – tail throws, breaches, kelping, and lobtails! Dolphins have been spectacular with a wide variety of both long and short beaked common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and even multiple pods of risso’s dolphins. Great time to come Whale Watching as we see what the transition from fall to winter has in store. Bring on the humpback whales!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.