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Humpback Whale Sightings off Dana Point Skyrocket

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An unprecedented numbers of humpback whales off the coast of Dana Point, California, are thrilling whale watchers and boaters. Passengers aboard catamarans operated by Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari have seen as many as 26 whales in a single day and up to 10 humpbacks in a single trip! Humpback whales used to be a rare sight off of Southern California. Sporadic encounters occurred fewer than twenty times a year on average. Then in 2014 sightings unexpectedly skyrocketed nearly 950%. According to the sightings logs of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, humpback whale sightings off of Dana Point continued to climb in 2015 with increase of over 31% from the year before. And now, only six months into 2016, Captain Dave's logs show that more humpbacks have been seen this year than during the entirety of 2015. So far, sightings this year are up nearly 20% and counting! Humpback whales have migrated here from their mating and calving grounds off Mexico and Central America to feed on krill and small schooling fish such as sardines. "I've never seen the quantity of bait that we have this spring," said Captain Tom Southern. Humpbacks filter up to 3,000 pounds of food per day through plates of black baleen that hang from the top of the upper jaw. Humpback whales have delighted Dana Point whale watchers with their breathtaking and playful behaviors, as seen in this video. Those behaviors include throwing their 40-ton bodies into the air (breaching), slapping long pectoral flippers on the surface of the water, surface lunge feeding, and more. For twenty years Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari has offered year round, Eco-friendly, dolphin and whale watching excursions aboard unique, high-tech catamarans with exclusive features including Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. All audio and video footage is copyright David Anderson/DolphinSafari.com and may not be used without permission. ***** Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari offers daily, year-round, dolphin and whale watching trips from Dana Point, California, aboard a hi-tech catamaran sailboat with Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. (949) 488-2828 captaindave@dolphinsafari.com http://www.dolphinsafari.com http://www.facebook.com/dolphin.whale.watching *****