Travel Tuesday: California Dolphin Watching

Happy Tuesday everyone! I admit today was supposed to mark the beginning of the Yellowstone sharing adventure, but well…I hate Photoshop photo processing. I try to see the task as solid encouragement to take better photos to begin with – it’s an ongoing battle (smile).

Long Beach California boat

Our boat for the day

Anyway, I’ve had California on the brain lately so I thought I’d share another SoCal post today. I was visiting the BFF back in February when we had a brilliant idea over dinner to go on a whale watching boat tour – the next day. [How did anything ever get done before Google and smartphones?!] Thanks to Yelp and TripAdvisor we found a suitable option nearby and booked the early tour with fingers crossed it would be less crowded and “luckier,” even though we were near the end of the season.

We arrived at the Long Beach dock and headed out into the fog in search of whale tales. We saw a lot of birds and a few fish, but the water was otherwise remarkably quiet. Somewhere along the way my friend and I started to question the brilliance of our idea – no sea creatures and no stomach for boats (….yeah). Luckily, right about that time we came across our first dolphin pod (smiles all around and a proper distraction).


Pacific Ocean California dolphins

Pacific Ocean California dolphins

I’ve always had a soft spot for these lovely, friendly creatures. There’s just something so magical about the way they move and seem so eager to interact. We saw several hundred dolphins that day of differing species – some that I had never heard of before! We ooohed and awwed while these happy little guys played in the wake of the boat and dove up and around the boat showing off for the cameras. On our way back into port, someone claimed to spot an actual whale tale, but I can’t vouch for the validity of that claim. Personally, I was equally content with the show we got (smile).

Dolphin, Pacific Ocean, California

West Coast Dolphin

Have you ever been on a dolphin/whale watching adventure??

Come join the fun with BonnieKaeleneSammy, and Van!!

Travel Tuesday

11 thoughts on “Travel Tuesday: California Dolphin Watching

  1. That is so cool that you went whale watching and ended up seeing all those beautiful dolphins! I’ve seen some whales before and they are so amazing, but I dream of seeing dolphins and even swimming with them!


  2. I LOVE Whale Watching, my fav thing to do. I have been more times than I can count and there are usually dolphins playing in the wake of the boat. There is a small sea side town in Australia called Tin Can Bay and when I was a kid you could walk into the water and feed the dolphins!


    • Oooh that sounds like it would be a pretty incredible experience being able to interact with them like that!! After this trip I can totally see why people love to go – I’m thinking I’m a convert myself! It’s just so much fun to watch them play and have fun 🙂


    • Thanks so much! 🙂 The dolphins were a really nice surprise and a great turnaround to the trip. I was a bit bummed we didn’t see any whales, but after the show we got instead I’m def excited to go back and try again!


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