Floating Fiesta – Saturday 3/18

I know you all read my whalewatching posts and think to yourself, “A three hour tour? What if I want more?”


Fear not, the American Cetacean Society LA Chapter sponsors several local all day trips and one is coming up on Saturday, March 18th. The Floating Fiesta is the first up.

WHAT: All-day whale watching trip with marine biologist guides.
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2006, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Leaving from 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro out to Catalina Island. Cost: $40 for ACS members, $50 for non-members.
CONTACT: (310) 548-0966 (you can mail a check or give them credit card info over the phone)

I’ve already got my tickets. If there’s one drawback to these all day trips, it’s that I run out of room on my camera’s memory cards. Seriously. It’s an issue. Here are some other tips for going out on a naturalist cruise.

Here’s more info from their email I got this morning:

The American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter (ACS/LA) presents its annual “Floating Fiesta” all-day whale watching trip on Saturday, March 18, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We will take the 90-foot Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro and will head towards Catalina Island and look for whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, birds, and other marine life.

The date of the trip is chosen to coincide with the peak of the northbound migration of the Pacific gray whales, but many other species are likely to be encountered at this time of the year. Experienced naturalists will be aboard to narrate the trip. A full galley is available.

Cost is $40 for ACS members, $50 for non-members. Mail your check and name, address, phone number and email address to ACS/LA Floating Fiesta, P.O. Box 1208, San Pedro, CA 90733-1208.

On recent trips, in addition to gray whales, we have seen humpback whales, minke whale, long-beaked common dolphin, Pacific white-sided dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, northern right-whale dolphin, Dall’s porpoise, California sea lion, harbor seal and elephant seal.

Our naturalists will be Monica de Angelis, marine biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service; Alisa Schulman Janiger, ACS/LA Gray Whale Census Chair; and Todd McGrath, seabird expert.

The American Cetacean Society is the oldest marine mammal conservation organization in the world.

(Note, the above photo shows common dolphins with Catalina island in the background but was taken on the Voyager out of Redondo Beach ealier this year.) For an example of a whole day tour, check out my post from last year’s Around Catalina with John Olguin.