Generally, we see five different species of dolphin: Long beak Common Dolphin, Short beak Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, and Risso’s Dolphin are seen year round and Pacific White-sided Dolphin are usually seen between the colder months of October through May.
Whales and Dolphins are related!
The dolphin belongs to the group of marine mammals that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Together, they are called cetaceans (cet– AY– shuns). The bottlenose dolphin is a small, toothed whale that belongs to the Delphinidae family. There are at least 31 species in this family. Among the other toothed whales of the Delphinidae family are pilot whales, common dolphins, spotted dolphins, and orcas, also known as killer whales.
Join our Dolphin Safari Adventures!
What many people don’t know is that right off the coast of Southern California are some of the largest dolphin “pods” or herds in the world. We have often run into common dolphins in the thousands for hours at a time.
If you are planning a dolphin or whale watching trip in Orange County, please check-out our most Unique Whale Watch in the World – with 2 Underwater Viewing Pods and more.
Our trips are very intimate, we only take 49 passengers at a time maximum on our Hi-Speed, Hi-tech Sailing Catamaran that has 2 Under Water Viewing Pods, Hydrophone, micro Whale and Dolphin Museum on board and much more.