Taken at Dana Wharf Whale Watching ~ Dana Point

Report and Photo’s by Carla Mitroff – Edited by Deanna Hansen

About 70 students boarded the Dana Pride with Capt. Todd Mansur for our very first trip of the season. These young scholars had sightings of 9 southbound gray whales that were “snorkeling” and difficult to track, but we did see a couple show their flukes. Under overcast skies we had excellent visability and smooth seas. They also spotted a pod of 25 common dolphin heading up the coast that took a few minutes to enjoy some wake riding. We also saw a small group of Pacific White sided dolphin, around 6-8 before heading back to Dana Wharf. At the jetty we were greeted by Calif. Sea Lions. An overall great OCean Adventure with The Gulf of Catalina Gray Whale Preservation & Education Foundation.

Students ready for an ocean adventure
Students ready for an OCean Adventure
Getting ready to leave the dock

Getting ready to leave the dock

Just outside the harbor we spotted southbound gray whales
Just outside the harbor we spotted southbound gray whales

Here come the dolphin

Here come the dolphin

Observing a pod of 25 common dolphin

Observing a pod of 25 common dolphin

Common dolphin riding the boat wake

Common dolphin riding the boat wake

Observing a pod of 25 common dolphin

Observing a pod of 25 common dolphin

Southbound gray whale flukes

Southbound gray whale fluke

These young scholars will remember this day for the rest of their lives

A day these young scholars will remember

A great day had by all

A great day had by all

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