Last Saturday I got the chance to go whale watching for the very first time. I've lived in So Cal for over 10 years, but had never taken advantage of the opportunity before. So, I packed up the wife and kids, invited a neighbor and her husband, and off we went. We went on one of the local charters through Dana Wharf, in Dana Point, CA. The cost was reasonable ($45/adult, $20/kids) and everyone was excited to go. The trip was to last for 2 hours on a 95ft. boat.
We started off and headed out of the harbor and straight for the Dana Point, to see some "marine life"...a.k.a. sea lions. They were hanging out on a buoy. We spent a few minutes observing and taking pictures and while there also got our first encounter with bottle nose dolphins.
After the buoy stop, we headed out for open sea, to try and find the elusive blue whale...none had been spotted for a few days, so we were hoping the law of averages was on our side. Our next encounter would be with a small group of common dolphins...they were very playful around the boat and everyone got several good photos...My little girls were going crazy at this time. They loved it! After the common dolphin sighting we came upon a very small group of risso's dolphins...They were very cool. Just lounging around the ocean, not in any hurry to get somewhere. The risso's dolphin resembles the beluga whale...They are large and white. Another small boat was in the area and repeatedly tried to get too close to these dolphins, so eventually they went underwater and swam away. Our boat continued to search for blue whales, but it was not to be, this day. Instead we came upon another pod of common dolphins, only this time the group was probably 1000 strong. It was very cool...they were jumping and flipping out of the water, all along the boat. It was like being at Sea World. So much fun!
We then headed back to the harbor...our 2 hours were up.
I'd like to try whale watching again, only this time I want to see whales!