Phenomenal sightings last week whale watching aboard East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach, including: spyhopping gray whales, lunge feeding humpback whales, fantastic showing fin whales, breaching gray whales, tail throwing humpback whales, and lots of migrating cow/calf pairs of gray whales. Along with plenty of common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, pacific white-sided dolphins, sealions, harbor seals, and even quite a few mola mola (sunfish).
Gray whales continue their northbound migration along the coast of Orange County to their feeding grounds in Alaska. We are just beginning to see the first mother/calf pairs. They are often the last to leave the breeding grounds of San Ignacio. We have been seeing many gray whales each day aboard East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach.
Humpback whales have distracted us from our gray whale focus. A welcomed distraction! Encounters with these humpback whales have been a little further outside often associated with a superpod of over 1000 common dolphins. We have sighted numerous breaches from one of the humpback whales on multiple occasions.
Great time to come Whale Watching. Other encounters have been bottlenose dolphins, pacific white-sided dolphins, mola molas (aka – sunfish), thresher sharks, sea lions, and harbor seals.