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Camp Pendleton Marines from Kabul security battalion treated to holiday cruise!

Marines and their families from Camp Pendleton’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines – the unit from which 10 of 13 service members killed in the bombing attack at the Kabul airport came – had some “Reel Fun” this weekend as part of the 46th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights. They and members of the…

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December 14, 2021

Rare sight: Killer whales show up 4 miles off Orange County coast

At first glance, Dana Wharf captain Tommy White thought the marine mammals in the distance were dolphins, a regular sight off Orange County’s coastline. But he soon realized it was a much rarer sight: A pod of black-and-white orcas were hanging out just a few miles from Laguna Beach’s coastline. “That’s something different,” he recalled…

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December 10, 2021

Dana Point Duo Establishes City as a Whale Heritage Site

Dana Point Duo Establishes City as a Whale Heritage Site By Astgik Khatchatryan | Orange Coast Magazine  Once bitter rivals, Donna Kalez of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching and Gisele Anderson of Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari worked together to have Dana Point recognized as the first Whale Heritage Site in the…

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April 20, 2021

The Great Gray Whale Migration

The Great Gray Whale Migration By Captain Todd Mansur Imagine what life would be like traveling from the Bering and Chukchi Seas all the way to Baja Mexico, and sometimes adding a few miles if you decided to start a little bit further north at The North Pole because the food was better? That’s clocking…

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April 5, 2021

Rare Salmon Shark Spotted off Catalina Island

Rare Salmon Shark Spotted at the East-End of Catalina Island Dana Wharf Whale Watching saw a very rare salmon shark on Friday, March 26th while on an 8 Hour Ultimate Whale Watching Trip   Dana Wharf’s Eight Hour Whale Watching trips are so fun and we do them once a month. The target is always…

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March 31, 2021

Thank You Don Hansen for the Festival of Whales!

The Festival of Whales is celebrating 50 Years, THANK YOU Don Hansen! The milestone of the Dana Point Festival of Whales reaching 50 years is so much more than a new logo or the celebration itself for me. Having grown up at Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching and retelling my family’s story is a…

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March 22, 2021

Kids are the Future of Fishing

Kids are the Future of Fishing Dana Wharf Sportfishing By, Donna Kalez For the last forty years Coastal Conservation Association has been at the forefront of encouraging youth to explore and engage in the marine sciences.  Both fishing and education are a top priority to insure the future of angling and a healthy marine environment….

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March 15, 2021

Gray Whale Markings and “Friends”

by Eric Austin Yee Our flow of gray whales sighted by Dana Wharf Whale Watching guests has been consistent and outstanding again this season! The easy to spot gray whale is not just gray as its name says. Upon closer inspection, our guest will notice that gray whales are full of white patches and markings…

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March 30, 2017

The California Brown Pelican

by Eric Austin Yee Our guests at Dana Wharf Whale Watching often ask how our captains find dolphins and whales in the wide open ocean. One way is with the help of our often overlooked seabirds. Seabirds often feed on small baitfish and krill which some dolphins and whales feed on also. Dolphins, whales,…

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February 16, 2017

Why Do Whales Breach?

by Eric Austin Yee It’s the ultimate goal of many Dana Wharf Whale Watching guests – witness a whale breach! Many have seen it on TV while watching a nature documentary but, you never know when it might happen when a whale is spotted during our trips. Agile humpback whales and gray whales traveling…

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February 1, 2017

The Importance of Giant Kelp

by Eric Austin Yee One of the most overlooked natural features while on our whale watching trips is giant kelp.  That brownish-green mess you see piled up on the beach or floating on the surface of the ocean is actually a super important part of a unique habitat important to our coast.  Dense patches of…

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January 24, 2017

Dana Wharf Whale Watching 2016 Highlights

                  by Eric Austin Yee Once again Dana Wharf Whale Watching has had an amazing year of sightings and surprises! Here are just a few of the highlights we experienced in 2016! False Killer Whales – False killer whales are a rare sighting for the Southern California whale…

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January 24, 2017

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