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WATCH: Big, Blue Whales Cooling Off in Dana Point

The hot temperatures in Laguna Niguel and Dana Point are just as tough for residents as they are for the whales.

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!”

sara nuss-galles August 04, 2011 at 05:07 PM
what a delight to see the blue whale - next best thing to in person!
Kris August 04, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Awesome that he got to see a blue breach, but I seriously doubt that that was the first time one breached off our coast.
Kris August 04, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Also, none of our blues are going to be anywhere near 95 feet. Most would be about 70 feet, a few perhaps 80-feet-long. The longest reliably measured from the North Pacific was only 88-feet-long, and that was caught years ago.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) August 04, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Sara: Aren't they magical?
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) August 04, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Jonas: Yeah, pretty awesome!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) August 04, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Jonas: Not sure, I'm pretty sure they know their stuff down in the harbor since they have been doing it for a long time!
Kris August 06, 2011 at 03:04 AM
I've heard a deckhand once claim he saw a "110-foot bull blue whale" right alongside his boat, even though he couldn't have possibly known the sex of the whale and no blue has been reilably measured at that length. I've read similar statements made by captains and other out-fitters in the paper and online. They simply tell passengers what they want to hear. I'd trust what scientists who've been studying these whales for decades say over anything an employee of a whale watching company will boast.

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