Field Notes

Ocean Institute Whale & Dolphin Watching

Dana Point is the world headquarters for whale and dolphin watching. The city will be celebrating gray whales and other marine wildlife during the 49th annual Festival of Whales on March 7, 8, 14 and 15. The Ocean Institute offers an incredible opportunity to join a chartered cruise from the famous once Killer Dana harbor to open seas with their captain. He will guide you to see the incredible journey of whales who are traveling to Baja, Mexico during these winter months. You may spot the mammal with its majestic movement gliding in the ocean and learn new facts about this species. Prior to the cruise, you can attend an information seminar that will prepare you with a variety of information on the biodiversity of this region.

Ocean Institute educators will share scientific information and showcase a microscopic look at plankton and ither microorganisms. We learned that the creator of Spongebob Squarepants was inspired to create the series after working at OI. Plankton is a copepod.

During our experience, we witnessed two kinds of dolphins who were equally playful. They seemed to surf in the boats current and were friendly.

Dolphin Cruising

Book your own tour by visiting They are generally offered on Saturday and Sunday. We encourage you to become a member as this is one of the many perks of supporting this 501c3 non-profit.

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