Monday is a holiday for many of us and I’m putting the paid time off to good use by narrating another whalewatching cruise out of Redondo Beach Sportfishing on Monday afternoon.
Come on! You get the weekday rate ($13) and get to come back to work with some cool things to talk about. Maybe even some photos to show off.
I went out last Saturday from Redondo Beach on the morning trip and had a fantastic time. As a docent I’m finally getting my sea legs as I’m much more comfortable with the huge amount of material we need to be familiar with.
Though the surf was pretty high, the swells weren’t bad once we got past the breakwater at the harbor area. 5-7 foot swells with the odd 10-12 one every once in a while. But the skies were beautifully clear and the wind was mild.
About one hour into the ride, after we’d seen at least a dozen different kinds of birds and schools of bait fish and purple-striped jellyfish in the clear waters we spotted at least three blows about a mile to the north. It was a small group of Pacific Gray Whales.
We adjusted our heading and waited for the whales to come up to us and then we followed along for about 45 minutes at about 150 yards from them as they swam towards Baja and the breeding/calving lagoons. They came up regularly and showed quite a bit of their backs and most of them arched nicely to show off their dorsal ridges and knuckles before fluking for their longer dives.
Most of my photos this time sucked, but I had a great time watching them through binoculars and of course narrating parts of the trip. The whale census that takes place up on Palos Verdes has noticed that there have been fewer whales in the past few weeks, but the numbers are picking up. The third week of January is usually the peak of migration, so if you want the best possible chance of seeing a whale this year, come out in the next two weeks. The census has also already seen a dozen cow/calf pairs pass by.
Redondo Beach Sportfishing
233 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, California 90277
Main Tel: (310) 372-2111
Boats at 10AM and 1:30PM
Weekend fare: $17 adults / $12
Weekday fare: $13 for all
Validated parking $2
Trips are 3 hours – there is a small concession onboard where you can get chips or drinks.
Dress in layers, as it’s often very chilly/damp out at sea, but if we stop/slow the boat it can get pretty warm too, on sunny days.
Call to make a reservation – also, call the landing before heading to check weather conditions as they sometimes change.