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Gray Whale Markings and “Friends”

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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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The California Brown Pelican

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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, sea…

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Why Do Whales Breach?

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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

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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 off…

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