Whale-watching rivals spar over spouts off Dana Point

May 1, 2014 Full story: SFGate

Ann Nash points out a Minke whale to her 9-year-old son, Raiden, during a whale-watching cruise off the coast of Dana Point .

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Duke

Laguna Beach, CA

#1 May 5, 2014
Captain Dave's tours have been educational and the outfit respects the ocean mammals. It's up to the individuals who they want take them whale watching, but for most folks out here in South O.C Captain Dave's is the preferred guide.

The other operator yells on the mic at other boaters who are out whale watching and ruining the experience for all.

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Dana Point Sailor

Riverside, CA

#2 May 10, 2014
The Dana Pride boat had some jack ass yelling at me on a loud speaker while I was out on the water in my own sailboat with some friends whale watching. That company is very un-professional & rude!

Last St. Patrick's day 2013 a sailboat was right outside of the point & some whales were swimming around the boat, they swam right under it and must have pushed on the keel because the boat was rocking back and forth & up and down. It was an amazing site to witness the whales interacting with that sailboat. The couple on the boat were enjoying it. The whales kept coming up against the boat in a playful manner. Boats came from every direction to see the whales. The Dana Pride boat was one of them and go too close to the sailboat and whales while all the other boats kept a respectable distance. The whales were blocked in by the Dana Pride boat and they could no longer swim back and forth with the Dana Pride boat obstructing their play area and staying too close to the sailboat. The whales soon left the area.

The Dana Pride boat ruined the joy & excitement that the whales had brought to the area.

This really did happen. A Google search for St. Patrick's day whales will get you to you tube and other sites that recorded this remarkable event.

I don't know why the Dana Pride people feel they must ruin spectacular events for people.
Mack

Laguna Niguel, CA

#3 May 25, 2014
Dana Point Sailor wrote:
The Dana Pride boat had some jack ass yelling at me on a loud speaker while I was out on the water in my own sailboat with some friends whale watching. That company is very un-professional & rude!
Last St. Patrick's day 2013 a sailboat was right outside of the point & some whales were swimming around the boat, they swam right under it and must have pushed on the keel because the boat was rocking back and forth & up and down. It was an amazing site to witness the whales interacting with that sailboat. The couple on the boat were enjoying it. The whales kept coming up against the boat in a playful manner. Boats came from every direction to see the whales. The Dana Pride boat was one of them and go too close to the sailboat and whales while all the other boats kept a respectable distance. The whales were blocked in by the Dana Pride boat and they could no longer swim back and forth with the Dana Pride boat obstructing their play area and staying too close to the sailboat. The whales soon left the area.
The Dana Pride boat ruined the joy & excitement that the whales had brought to the area.
This really did happen. A Google search for St. Patrick's day whales will get you to you tube and other sites that recorded this remarkable event.
I don't know why the Dana Pride people feel they must ruin spectacular events for people.
Captain Daves Whale Watching is by far a professional run company compared to the other one in the area. Capt. Daves trips are educational and FUN!

The old saying goes, If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all. So I wont say anything about Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching.

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