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Gray Whale Markings and “Friends”

Marine Life Blog

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 easily to spot gray whale is not just gray as it name says. Upon closer inspection, our will guest notice that gray whales are full of white patches…

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The California Brown Pelican

Marine Life Blog

by Eric Austin Yee Our guest 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, sea…

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Why Do Whales Breach?

Marine Life Blog

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 along…

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The Importance of Giant Kelp

Marine Life Blog

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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Dana Wharf Whale Watching 2016 Highlights

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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 watch fleet.  Dana Wharf Whale Watching was lucky enough…

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Mola Mola

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by Eric Austin Yee Whale and dolphins are not the only animals our whale watching guest here at Dana Whale Watch find during our excursions. One of the most common yet, unusual animals we see is the Mola mola, also known as the ocean sunfish or mola. Molas are found worldwide in tropical and temperate…

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Types of Killer Whales spotted by Dana Wharf Whale Watching

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by Eric Austin Yee

The whale watching industry in Southern California has had some pretty amazing and rare sightings in recent days! Our lucky Dana Wharf Whale Watching guest had the pleasure of seeing a large pod of killer whales head up our coast on November 30th.  Killer whales are not a common occurrence…

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Weekly Report – December 16th

Fisherman Advice

*3/4 day zone* heading to Box Canyon San Onofre area targeting rockfish.  A bit of a decline in the large scores of quality fish probably due to the fact we’ve had to lean on the rockfish pretty hard since Aug/Sept.  Ouch. Double dropper loops and a nice live squid had produced some decent sculpin…

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December Fishing at Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Fisherman Advice

Well another winter season is more or less here at Dana Wharf Sportfishing.  We did manage a great month of November fishing and its hard to believe that we are already talking December fishing. Our focus for the month will be on the rockfish.   The 2013 rockfish season will end on…

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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, albacore, and dorado. Whether you’re coming to Dana Point for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise, creating memories onboard our sportfishing charters or privately chartering a boat, sailboat or catamaran, 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.