Rare breed of dolphins pays visit to Dana Park waters

March 18, 2018 by  

One of the rarest varieties of dolphins seen off the coast of Orange County, a pod of Risso’s dolphins numbering around 100, was recently seen frolicking about a mile from Dana Park Harbor.

Earlier this month, the dolphins, which are usually found in waters with a depth of 1,500 feet, were seen in water only a tenth of that depth. The Risso’s were spotted from the Lily, a whale-watching boat belonging to Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari.

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The dolphins made an appearance while the boatload of tourists were observing a gray whale. A licensed drone pilot employed by the Dana Point charter, Domenic Biagini, said he thought the two lines of dolphins were one of the more commonly seen varieties. It was Captain Marie (Clark) who identified the species of dolphins.

Some of the dolphins were darker in color than the rest, indicating that they were youngsters. Risso’s begin life dark gray and, as they age, gradually turn lighter gray until they are white or nearly white. At maturity, they can reach 13 feet long and weigh up to 1,100lb, all on a diet of mostly squid.