Whale Watching Returns!

By Audrey Evans, whale watching coordinator

Our first week of whale watching season has been a great one! It’s only days into the season and we have already observed 10 baleen whales, dozens of dolphins, and countless sea lions, cormorants, and pelicans. What other exciting observations will the next four months bring? The only way to find out is to get in on the action!

A humpback whale breaches in front of the Coronado Islands on the first day of the 2015/2016 whale watching season.

A humpback whale breaches in front of the Coronado Islands on the first day of the 2015/2016 whale watching season.

The most outstanding sight so far was on the first first day of the season. A humpback whale breached multiple times and slapped its flippers on the surface of the water. Humpback Whales are not rare, but also not consistently seen on our whale watching cruises. Only two humpbacks were spotted during the entire season last year and we have observed less than 20 in each season for the past four years. Many guests aboard the cruise remarked this was their very first time whale watching. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of seeing a whale for the first time – we love being part of these unforgettable and awe-inspiring moments!

The Marietta, Flag Ship Tours and Event's whale watching boat, pulls up to the dock in Downtown San Diego.

The Marietta, Flag Ship Cruises and Event’s whale watching boat, pulls up to the dock in Downtown San Diego.

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