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Whale sightings on the rise off Dana Point Harbor




Humpback whale photographed by Craig DeWitt. Courtesy of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari
Humpback whale photographed by Craig DeWitt. Courtesy of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari
Craig DeWitt

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Dana Point Harbor is the place to be this weekend if you’re in the mood to do some whale watching. 

The Orange County coastline is experiencing a surge in the number of whale sightings.

Capt. Dave Anderson, who owns and operates Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari and Whale Watch says they are seeing a little more of everything this time of year.

"It used to be if I saw…one blue whale, I’d be on some national news program because it’s that rare to see them in this area," says Anderson, who has been in the business for 21 years.

Blue whales aren't the only animal we're seeing more of. According to Anderson, there has also been a dramatic increase of humpback whales swimming in the area. 

As far as a reason behind the increase, experts aren't really sure. But Anderson thinks it might have to do with their feeding habits. 

"We do know that the population has not increased dramatically with the blue whales so we think they are just spreading out in their feeding areas and feeding a little closer to shore," says Anderson. 

Whatever the reason, it's a welcomed surprise for those heading out to see the whales and dolphins.