Gray Whales Make Splash in California Too
California) - The big whale migration doesn't just make big waves on the
Oregon coast - one of the region's more popular attractions during spring
Whale Watch Week in March.
For those traveling to California during the winter and
early spring seasons, San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution
of Oceanography is offering loads whale opportunities that began in December
and end March 29.
Daily local whale-watching cruises feature Scripps naturalists
as well as whale-watching expeditions to Baja California, Mexico. Witness
the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray
whales pass San Diego on their annual, 10,000-mile round-trip journey
from Bering Sea feeding grounds to Baja¹s lagoons, where they play,
rest, breed and give birth.
Daily Whale-Watching Cruises
Dec. 26 through March 29
Daily tours: 9:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. or 1:30-5 p.m.
the gray whale migration with three-and-a-half hour, naturalist-guided
whale watching cruises with Birch Aquarium at Scripps and San Diego Harbor
Excursion every day from Dec. 26 to March 29. Enjoy stellar ocean and
harbor views while Scripps naturalists search the seas west of San Diego
Bay for gray whales. On board, naturalists share information about gray
whales, the ecology and history of San Diego Bay and Scripps Oceanography.
Dolphins, sea lions and marine birds make guest appearances.
Each trip is different, and the views are always stunning.
Adults (13 and up). Monday-Friday, $30. Weekends, $35.
Children (4-12 with paid adult). Daily, $15. Reservations are recommended.
Call San Diego Harbor Excursion at 619-234-4111 or visit http://www.sdhe.com
longer, more intimate whale adventure, see gray whales up-close at Baja
California¹s beautiful lagoons with Birch Aquarium at Scripps and
Andiamo Tour Mexico.
These extended four-, five- and six-day excursions take
travelers to the heart of gray whale birthing grounds where the animals
and their calves play, rest and investigate curious visitors. Hop aboard
a small boat for guided encounters with these magnificent creatures in
their temporary stopover grounds. Other memorable highlights include migratory-bird
watching in a pristine salt marsh, visits to historic cave paintings and
trips throughout the scenic desert coast of Baja.
Each trip travels by private motor coach with experienced
naturalists. Accommodations and most meals are included.
Reservations and information for all Baja tours: 800-661-1325
Baja Weekend Whale Adventure (4 days)
Feb. 13-16 and March 12-15
$535 double occupancy
$665 single occupancy (subject to availability)
Whale Watching Safari (5 days)
Feb. 18-22 and March 25-29
$740 double occupancy
$920 single occupancy (subject to availability)
Whale Watching Expedition (6 days)
Feb. 25 - March 2
$885 double occupancy
$1,095 single occupancy (subject to availability)
For more information about Birch Aquarium at Scripps’
whale programs and events, please call 858-534-7336 or visit http://aquarium.ucsd.edu
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