Whale Watching Trips

If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, this might be the time to head out into Santa Monica Bay to see the southbound Pacific Gray Whales.

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/01/bla-commondolpins009-thumb.jpgI’m leading a trip tomorrow morning leaving from Redondo Sportfishing on the Voyager. My co-naturalists include the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Cetacean Society who also happens to be an avid bird watcher and can point out the amazing diversity of feathered friends on our shores. We’ve also been enjoying huge pods of Common Dolphins right off our shores.

Redondo Sport Fishing
233 N Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Even if you’re not able to make my trip (and I’m going out on Monday the 16th at 1:30 PM, too.) they have two daily boats, 10AM and 1:30 PM.

Weekends: Adults: $17.00 / Child (under 10) $12.00

Weekdays: All Fares: $13.00

Check the latest marine forecast & Daily Whale Migration Census.

UPDATE: I called the landing this morning and even though there’s a surf advisory, their trip is a go. I’ll post more later!

2 thoughts on “Whale Watching Trips”

  1. Cybele –
    Have you noticed more whales on the morning trips or the afternoon trips, or does it not matter? (Meaning, when I finally get down there to go on one, should I make a point to pick the a.m. or p.m. trip?) Thanks for all this info btw.

  2. Penny – good question.

    Both have advantages. In my personal experience the seas seem to be calmer in the morning than the afternoon but I’ve spotted whales equally on morning and afternoon trips. Less chop means it’s easier to see not only the whale’s blow but also their “fluke prints” left on the surface of the water (one of the ways we find them). Mornings can be cool and/or damp, so dress accordingly.

    Afternoon is better (again, personal experience) for spotting the whales, as the sun is in the south/west and backlit blows are easier to see from a distance. Also, it tends to be warmer (but sometimes windier).

    Since the whales are traveling constantly, there’s not really a “time of day” for them to pass by. The dolphins are seen with equal frequency at all times of the day (and they’re fantastic, I can’t believe that I haven’t been going out to see the dolphins for all these years I’ve lived in LA).

    I like the morning trips because I have the rest of the day to go home, unwind, look at my photos and of course blog about it!

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