January 14, 2012
The Aquarium of the Pacific features daily whale watching cruises, in partnership with Harbor Breeze Cruises, that launch from the dock right in front of the Aquarium. This past December whale watchers spotted a record number of gray whales passing through the waters off of Long Beach and the sightings continue. More than 169 gray whales were seen in December alone.
Gray whales make two passes along the California coast each year as they migrate south to the lagoons of Baja California in Mexico during winter for the mating season, then back up to the nutrient-rich waters of Alaska for the summer. You can learn more about the whales that visit the Long Beach area and about the Aquarium’s participation in tracking these whales by following posts written by our blogger Kera Mathes, the Aquarium’s boat programs manager.
Passengers aboard Aquarium whale watch boats have also spotted many fin whales, dolphins, and even orcas on recent trips. To keep tabs on recent sightings, visit the Aquarium’s whale watch Twitter feed.
Make a day of it and visit the Aquarium before or after your whale watch cruise by purchasing a combo ticket. For pricing information, click here. Not only can you seek out whales in the wild from the boat, but also you can check out the Whales: Journey with Giants movie and the Whales: Voice in the Sea kiosk at the Aquarium. At this kiosk, you can listen to the wide variety of noises of whales and porpoises, then record your own imitation of a whale call.