Taken at Dana Wharf Whale Watching ~ Dana Point

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

85 + students from Hidden Hills Elementary School in Laguna Niguel boarded the Dana Pride with Capt. Todd Mansur, Capt. Tom White, Shane Hansen, and Aliard. We departed from Dana Wharf at 9:45am under overcast skies but smooth calm seas with excellent visibility. In just 15 minutes we spotted our first trio of southbound gray whales (3)! They were taking 4 minute dives and showing their flukes often. One of the whales had rake marks from orca teeth and the tips missing off it’s flukes. We were most excited when one of the whale BREACHED! After this great sighting we decided to head further out in search of dolphin. There was not a single dolphin in sight and none of the other boats had reported any sightings either. Have they possibly moved to areas where there food supply is more abundant? As we were headed back to the harbor the fog got thicker but we did manage to find a very large female gray whale in about 600ft depth of water heading south and she showed us her flukes

Tips missing on gray whale flukes

Tips missing on gray whale flukes

The dimples on this gray whale are really pronounced

The dimples on this gray whale are really pronounced

Southbound gray whale just outside the harbor

Southbound gray whale just outside the harbor

Jaw line visible on this gray whale

Jaw line visible on this gray whale

Southbound gray whale flukes

Southbound gray whale flukes

Southbound gray whale flukes

Southbound gray whale flukes

Tips missing off both of this southbound gray whale flukes

Tips missing off both of this southbound gray whale flukes

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