It’s so hot in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel that even the blue whales are trying to cool off.
In fact, were all that visitors could see on Monday aboard the Ocean Adventure catamaran moored in the Dana Point Harbor, said Captain Corey Hall of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching.
“My passengers are getting a truly once in a lifetime experience; most people think that a once in a lifetime experience means one or two blue whales not six to eight blue whales or more on one trip,” he said.
“It’s hard to explain until you are actually out there and you witness how amazing the blue whale actually is. When they are feeding and they stay put it one area you can come back out on your next whale watch trip and see the same whale!”
Capt. Hall said, for the first time in his career, he saw a blue whale breach with his own eyes. He believes this is the first breach of blue whales in these waters.
Last week alone, they saw 54 whales, Hall said, adding that Dana Point has been one of the best place to see blue whales in the past seven years.
“Yet, you still encounter folks on these trips every day that have no idea that it is even whale watching season! Imagine if you were sitting on the OC Adventure expecting to just see dolphin and a huge 95-foot whale popped up next to the boat?”
He added blue whales are the largest animal to ever exist on the planet, and that they seem to enjoy being watched by boats.
“They like to throw tail flukes and they are huge feeders; they follow krill,” he said. “When they find it, they stay and eat when the krill is gone, they are gone. We often later in the season, see the krill on the surface and you can actually scoop it up in a bucket to let the passengers get a closer look!”