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.
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!