It used to be that whale watching season in Southern California was strictly winter, when the gray whales are migrating. But with climate change breeding whale food closer to our shores, we're now blessed with a steady flow of North Pacific Blue Whales making their way north all summer, and this year, they've decided to stick around longer than usual, still lingering off our coast.
To get an idea of the size of the blue whale, the largest mammal ever to have lived, glance up at the life-size model suspended in the atrium at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Pretty impressive! But even more amazing in person.
On my last whale watching excursion we saw a fin whale, as well as hundreds of dolphins, but a couple days later, 15 blue whales were spotted on one trip.
The Aquarium of the Pacific partners with Harbor Breeze Cruises, sending Aquarium staff along as interpretive guides on the 3 hour excursions. Cruises depart from Rainbow Harbor in front of the Aquarium. The Aquarium's Blue Whale and Sea Life Tour ticket includes admission to the Aquarium. The Blue Whale Watching Tours will continue as long as the whales stick around.
When: Daily at noon and 3 pm while the whales remain
Where: Dock 2, Rainbow Harbor, in front of the Aquarium
Cost: $59.95 Adult, $39.95 Child (3-11) , $55.95 Seniors 62+ includes Aquarium admission (discount with membership)
Info: www.aquariumofpacific.org, (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
Note: Dress warm. It gets pretty icy out on the water even at this time of year.
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- Aquarium of the Pacific Visitors Guide
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Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com