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Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching in the News

11/18/19 – Watch: Giant Whale Swims Under Oblivious Surfers in California –

10/29/19 – Unveiling of clock tower marks start of $330 million Dana Point Harbor renovation – Orange County Register

10/18/2019 – Salutations at sea? ‘Yacht Yoga’ is latest craze in Dana Point Harbor – Orange County Register

10/6/2019 – Women Recognized for Securing Dolphin and Whale Watching Trademark – Dana Point Times

9/18/19 – Video: Rare gray orca calf spotted off Southern California coast – ABC 10 San Diego

9/16/19 – Rare sight: Unusual gray color of baby orca off Southern California stumps experts – Orange County Register

9/12/2019 – SoCal city named ‘Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World’ – Fox 5

7/31/2019 – Great white sharks attacking sea lions at increased rate off Southern California coast – OC Register

7/31/2019 – Killer Whales Hunt Dolphins Off Dana Point: Video – Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch

7/30/2019 – ‘Show of a Lifetime’: Killer Whales Prey On Dolphins Feet From Whale Watching Boat Tour – CBS Los Angeles

7/30/2019 – Videos show killer whales frantically hunting for dolphins off San Clemente – OC Register

7/26/2019 – Cetacean Sensation: Dana Point is Officially the “Dolphin & Whale Watching Capital of the World” – Dana Point Times

7/26/2019 – Tropical ‘Booby’ birds make rare appearances in Dana Point, Long Beach – OC Register

7/22/2019 – Dana Point is ‘Dolphin & Whale Watching Capital of the World’: It’s even trademarked – OC Register

5/24/2019 – A New Dawn for the Harbor: Changes Begin Rolling Out under New Leadership – Dana Point Times

4/9/2019 – First Blue Whale Sighting In Dana Point Reveals This Gentle Giant – Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch

3/27/2019 – Warm Water Sea Turtle Spotted Off Dana Point 3 Days In A Row – CBS Los Angeles

3/26/2019 – Rare Sea Turtle Sighting Off South Orange County Coast – Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch

3/22/2019 – A rarely seen olive ridley sea turtle pops up off Dana Point and Laguna Beach – OC Register

3/21/2019 – Gray whales in S.F. Bay delight tourists, but biologists worry whales are starving – Sacramento Bee

3/12/2019 – Gray whale sightings soar off Southern California – USA Today

2/26/2019 – Family Getaway to Dana Point – Family Entourage

1/31/19 – Family Affairs: Wyland’s art lessons at sea, photographer Grace Chon captures life’s sweetest moments, and more – OC Register

1/28/19 – Gray whale appears to play peekaboo with boater – USA Today

1/28/2019 – Oregon’s celebrity whale ‘Scarback’ spotted off Orange County coast – Press Telegram

1/28/2019 – Whales Make Presence Known – Torrance Daily Breeze

1/25/2019 – See Baby Whale Catch A Ride From Mama Off Dana Point – Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch

1/18/19 – Baby whale gets free ride in mother’s slipstream – Channel 6 ABC News

1/18/2019 – First Gray Calves of 2019 Spotted in Dana Point – Dana Point Times

1/15/2019 – Stunning video shows gray whale calf and mother swimming in Southern California – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

1/15/2019 – VIDEO: First baby gray whales spotted with moms off Orange County waters – Orange County Register

12/31/2018 – Ahoy humpbacks! A surge in sightings as whale watchers spot plenty feeding off Southern California shores – Orange County Register

12/28/2018 – See Gray Whales Delight Onlookers In Dana Point – Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch

11/8/2018 – Where’s Wyland? Iconic, massive marine artwork is easy to spot along Southern California coast – Daily Breeze

9/14/2018 – Dana Wharf Fish Count: Dorado Continue to Be Highlight – Dana Point Times

9/14/2018 – Rare ETP Orcas Seen in Record Numbers Off Coast of Dana Point – Dana Point Times

8/17/2018 – CoastLines by Fred Swegles: Saturday Dana Point Cruise is a Fun Time to be Had – Dana Point Times

8/13/2018 – Silver Star Marine who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam gets emotional burial at sea – Orange County Register

8/6/2018 – Video: Patches, the West Coast’s ‘most famous dolphin,’ makes a return visit off San Clemente – Orange County Register

6/21/2018 – These 7 night fishing spots will hook you on angling under the stars – Orange County Register

6/20/2018 – Young Artists Celebrated By Wyland, Dana Wharf Whale Watching

6/8/2018 – Blue whale sightings have rebounded, thrilling whale watchers. But will the behemoths stick around? – Orange County Register

6/1/2018 – Rare masked booby seen off Dana Point — second sighting in a month – Orange County Register

5/30/2018 – Blue whale sightings increase off Southern California coast – ABC 10 News

5/30/2018 – Video: Blue whale and calf pairs show up near San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station – Orange County Register

5/12/2018 – Everyone celebrates Mother’s Day, even this gray whale mom and baby

4/11/2018 – OC Register: Unexpected Great White Shark Extras Show Up During Filming of ‘Animal Kingdom’ at San Onofre State Beach


2017 Citizen of the Year: Donna Kalez of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

1/17/18 – Dana Wharf partners with Wyland for youth art program aboard Dana Pride

1/15/18 – Watch a Dana Point boat crew help free an entangled dolphin during a whale watch excursion

1/11/18 Watch: 20 blue sharks feast on minke whale carcass

12/10/17 The Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures – Art in the Wild Contest 2018

12/2/17 Santa takes tour of Dana Point Harbor, boat rides continue Sunday

11/28/17 Bird Enthusiasts Flock to See Rare Nazca Booby in California

11/27/17 Bird enthusiasts flock to see rare Nazca Booby in Dana Point, far from its tropical home

10/17/17 Newport Beach developer group wins county contract and 66-year lease for $200 million Dana Point Harbor revitalization

9/7/17 Two endangered giant sea bass, ‘sharks of the kelp,’ hauled from ocean off San Onofre for research

8/1/17 WATCH: Mako shark surprises passengers aboard boat in OC

7/31/17 Watch this 500-pound mako shark, flip, spin, jump out of water off Dana Point

7/30/17 Humpback whale discovered off San Clemente freed from most entanglements

7/24/17 The latest Orange County craze? Parasailing over great white sharks

6/23/17 Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild Contest Winners Chosen

6/11/17 Rare soupfin shark caught and saved by Dana Point captain famous for disentangling great white shark in surf line

5/30/17 San Clemente Beach Open Again Following Shark Sightings – NBC 4 Los Angeles

5/29/17 Hit the Road: Shark tours offered – The Coast News Group

5/26/17 Great White Shark Tours The New Rage In Southern California

5/23/17 Rare White Spotted Dolphin ‘Patches’ Seen Again Off SoCal Coast – NBC Bay Area

5/23/17 Shark Search Tours in Dana Point Harbor Are Packed, Great Whites Don’t Disappoint – OC Register

5/23/17 Rare White Spotted Dolphin ‘Patches’ Seen in Pod of 40 Off Dana Point – OC Register

5/23/17 California Whale Watchers Spot Dolphin with Rare Coloration – UPI

5/13/17 Shark Advisory Set For Orange County Beaches- UPI

03/20/17 Aerial Footage of Gray Whales Mating –

03/17/17 Video of three whales mating taken off Dana Point Headlands – Orange County Register

02/28/17 Dana Point’s Festival of Whales kicks off this weekend – Orange County Register

02/28/17 A gray whale and her calf swimming off the coast of OC – Orange County Register

02/24/17 Dana Wharf Remodels Retail Space – Dana Point Times

01/18/17 Video shows baby whale trying to piggyback on mom’s back – and failing – Orange County Register

01/16/17 Dana Wharf to Hold Art Lessons in the Wild – Dana Point Times