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Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching In The News

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 award Donna Kalez2017 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

12/09/16 Kids go free on Dana Point whale-watching tours in December – Los Angeles Times

12/06/16 The ‘Holy Grail’ of Whale Watching Hits the Orange County Coast for 2nd Time in a Week – The Orange County Register

11/25/2015 – Solving the Mystery of a Sunken Fishing Boat – San Clemente Times

10/24/16 Countdown to the Derby: Annual Dana Wharf halibut derby approaches – Dana Point Times

10/13/16 Video Shows Blue Whale Nursing its Calf Just Off Dana Point, a Behavior Rarely Seen – Orange County Register

09/23/16 Humpback Whale Frees Itself from Fishing Lines – New Atlas

09/06/16 Humpback Whales Off the Endangered List? Not Quite Yet in Orange County – Orange County Register

08/28/16 Love for Whales Coming to the Big Screen – Orange County Register

8/23/2016 – From boat captain to Dana Wharf filmmaker – OC Register

08/09/16 More Hammerheads, Great Whites Off O.C. Lead to New Excursions – shark-watching tours – Orange County Register

07/18/16 Are Warm Tropical Summers the New Norm for Orange County Coastal Weather and Water? – Orange County Register

06/28/16 Attempted Whale Rescue Entangled in Fishing Line Caught on Video – ABC News

06/18/16 Dana Point: Father’s Day Cruise – NBC 4 Los Angeles

06/13/16 Latest shark Sighting: 10-12 Foot Great White Off Dana Point – Orange County Register

05/06/16 Video: South County Coastline a Playground for Mother and Baby Gray Whales – Orange County Register

04/22/16 Video: Gray whales Put On a Show Off Laguna Beach as Season Winds Down – Orange County Register

04/11/16 Video: 700-Pound Turtle Cut Free From Tangled Kelp by Dana Wharf Boat Crew Member – Orange County Register

09/30/15 Fish For Life With Former Quarterback Jim Everett and Fish For Life Founder Jim Holden – KTLA News

04/2015 Whale of a time – Smart Business Magazine

04/22/15 Beat the vacation crowd to nearby getaways – Orange County Register

03/26/15 Drone footage captures gray whale acting like a snake – Fox News

03/07/15 Gray Whales are migrating through local waters

03/06/15 Boat captains are waging whale watching wars – Orange County Register

03/01/15 Dana Point California Whale Watching –

02/08/15 50 Shades of Gray … Whales – Orange County Register

02/03/15 Whale Walk Makes Mark at Doheny – Orange County Register

01/07/15 Love Letters: Dana Point – Huffington Post

01/08/15 Meet SoCal’s Latest Celebrity – Comet the Orca – NBC News Coverage

01/04/15 Whale Sightings Increase – NBC News Coverage

12/04/14 Orcas, Humpback Impress Over Thanksgiving Weekend


12/05/14 Dana Wharf Sportfishing records three wahoo catches

12/02/14 Young humpback whale catches air in Laguna Beach waters

12/01/14 Humpback whale seems to take flight off Laguna Beach

10/13/14 BD Outdoors – Sperm Whales Off Dana Point


10/08/14 Sperm whales spotted off O.C. coast in rare sighting

07/28/14 50-pound opah yet another odd catch during El Niño summer

07/23/14 Two humpback whales sighted off Dana Point

07/17/14 ‘Who needs Mexico?’ as tuna, yellowtail, mahi-mahi invade Southern California waters

06/30/14 Unusual whales, dolphins you won’t want to miss this summer

06/30/14 Massive sheephead (21.13 pounds) caught off Dana Point

05/02/14 Laguna Beach becomes ‘Whale Beach’ as swimmers and cow-calf pairs mingle in surf

04/24/14 Laguna Beach swimmers ‘spook’ migrating gray whales; people urged to give mammals a wide berth

03/14/14 Rarely seen false killer whales spotted off Southern Cal Coast – Fox News

01/29/14 Is whale watching with drones next big trend?

01/02/14 Gray whales spotted in record numbers off Southern California; perfect weather is one factor

01/01/14 The Don of Dana Wharf

01/01/14 Gray Whale Sightings Off West Coast at Record Levels

11/28/13 Anticipation Builds for Gray Whale Season

8/21/13 A Whale Of A Time

8/19/13 A Close Encounter With A Mighty Blue Whale!

4/22/13-O.C. Hills Yield Ancient Whales With A Bite

3/22/13- Gray Whale Traffic Begins to Peak in Southern CA

2/28/13- OC Register-Unusually Early Blue Whale

2/28/13- Parenting OC-Rise of the Mompreneur

2/6/13 – Coast news – Whale Watching

2/3/13 – Register – Wyland Drawing Lesson

1/30/13 – Register – Trifecta of Whales

1/8/13 – Register – Baby Gray Whale

1/5/13 – LN/DP Patch – Twirling Gray Whale

1/15/13 – USA Today Story on Squid

1/16/13 – OC Register Erika Richie Squid Video

1/10/13 – CNN Video with Miguel Marquez

1/5/13 – Got Calamari? CBS 2 Giant Squid Story

1/7/13 – Huge squid cause ‘mayhem’; 1,500 caught on weekend OC Reg

1/5/13 – Large squid sighted off Dana Point coastline LA TIMES

1/5/13 – Grind TV Squid Story

About Dana Wharf

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.

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