Today marks the start of another Pacific Gray Whale Watching season. The whale watching naturalist team from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society goes on their annual training trip on December 26th and since I passed my certification test last week, I got to join in the fun.
We left from Redondo Beach on the Voyager from Redondo Beach Sportfishing and though we didn’t see any whales but came across a pod of about 800 long-beaked common dolphins feeding along with a large group of birds and a few sea lions.
If you’ve never been out on a boat to see the local wildlife you might want to consider it. Instead of speeding by it on your way to Catalina, there are a bunch of different landings that have wildlife adventures where you get a guided tour of our ocean. The Pacific Gray Whales are migrating from the Bering and Chuckchi Seas from late December to early April, with the peak in late January. Even if you don’t catch sight of the Gray Whales, there’s lots of other stuff to see, including the four other common species were have off our coast, sea lions, seals and sea birds. On Friday I’m leading a whalewatch tour with Spirit Cruises at Ports ‘o Call at 11 AM. And of course most other weekends until spring. Check out the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s list of landings.