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We've had a record 50 days of blue whale sightings in a row! 

For 50 days straight blue whales have thrilled us with mugging, spyhopping, lobtailing, breaching, lunge feeding, fighting, and more!

We continue to see our returning favorites like "Bubbles" and "Spike" (who, like many famous Hollywood couples, have broken up, gotten back together, and possibly broken up again), "Notcho", and "Kinko". We also met exciting new whales too.

Our new favorite "Notcho Grande" has a similar notched dorsal fin like our good buddy "Notcho" but this whale is much larger at around 80 feet. "Notcho Grande" will even show off it's tail flukes for us occasionally! 
Blue Whale "Notcho Grande"

And "Hook", a smaller blue whale with a handicap that hasn't slowed it down at all. "Hook" is missing it's left tail fluke and has become one of our favorites. We're still not certain what caused the deformity but this whale is so much fun to watch. "Hook" is not shy around our boat and displays the tail flukes on every dive.
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Blue Whale "Hook" with missing left fluke
September and October are often some of the best months for seeing blue and fin whales. In fact, last year in October we set records for most blue and fin whales seen in a day. We look forward to seeing you on board!

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Thursday, September 6, at Noon

Set your DVR! Captain Dave will be appearing live this Thursday at 12 PM on NBC-LA Channel 4 News. 

Capt. Dave will be speaking about how many blue whales we are seeing, as well as some of the challenges these whales face from nets.
Capt. Dave Book Signing

Saturday, September 8 at 3:00 PM and
Sunday, September 9 at 1:00 PM

Where: The Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive.
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During the Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point Harbor on September 8th and 9th Capt. Dave will be on hand to sign copies of his new book,

Imagine if a whale could talk and tell you about their life, about their incredible journey on one of the longest migrations of any mammal on earth. And what if you could see all of this through hundreds of stunningly beautiful, real life, photographs.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the Ocean Institute's gift shop.
Saving the Whales: One Captain's Tale
Sunday, September 30,
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library are hosting Captain Dave for a special lecture/book signing of Lily: A Gray Whale's Odyssey about one whale's life and the perils of gill nets just off our coast.
Over 1,000 whales and dolphins each day worldwide are caught in these large commercial nets and Captain Dave is trying to do something about it.
This will be a family event in the courtyard with food, wine, music and desserts, after which Capt. Dave will be launching an educational curriculum for school-age students to make them aware of the problem. 

Call (949) 218-4512 for ticket information.
See Dolphins and Whales Live!

Whale Watching TV We are the only company in the world to broadcast whale watching trips live on the internet.

See dolphins and whales from the comfort of home. And while on board the boat, wave hello because your family and friends can see you too! 

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Dave on NBC-LA Channel 4 Thursday at Noon
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Saving the Whales: One Captain's Tale
LIVE Whale Watching Broadcasts

Give us a call at (949) 488-2828 to make reservations or book online.


Warmest regards,


Capt. Dave, Mrs. Capt. Dave, and the entire team at
Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari