The Dolphin & Whale Capital Of The World

The Dolphin & Whale Capital Of The World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It is pretty cool when dolphins swim around you,” observed Steven Munatones.  “They swim your swim and dart in and out under and around you.  But when whales are nearby you, I found their gigantic bodies overwhelmingly intimidating.  Not scary, but just massively large.”

Just south of Laguna Beach in Southern California, the site of the Oak Streeters, is the city of Dana Point which was recently named the first Whale Heritage Site in the United States. 

Other heavily whale-populated cities include Hervey Bay in Australia, the Bluff in South Africa, and the Tenerife-La Gomera Marine Area in Spain. The Whale Heritage Sites are known areas for having cultural ties and interactions with whales and dolphins.

Back in the 1960s, Dana Point hosted the first whale festival that was started by Dan Hansen who also marketed whale-watching tours in Southern California where five species of whale and five species of dolphin co-exist.  There are more wild dolphin per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world.  

It is estimated that 450,000 common dolphin live alongside pods of gray whales, blue whales, fin whales, and minke whales, in the range spanning Southern California and Baja, Mexico.  The whales migrate back and forth between Alaskan and Mexican waters.

It is no wonder that we see and swim with so many dolphins and whales in this area,” noted Munatones about the city which was trademarked as The Dolphin & Whale Watching Capital of the World.

2021 was the 50th anniversary of the Dana Point Festival of Whales, held last week o March 6th and 7th.  See here.

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Steven Munatones